Öko-Test has tested shower gels for sensitive skin. It was noticeable that natural cosmetics products perform particularly well – while a branded shower gel fails.
Munich – The selection of shower gel products in the drugstore is almost immeasurable. A wide variety of fragrances and the promise of getting healthier skin are lined up one after the other - in addition, there is the distinction between natural cosmetics and "conventional" shower gels. But which one is particularly worthwhile to access? Öko-Test examined 31 sensitive shower gels and was able to award twelve with the top rating of "very good". However, a single product from a well-known brand did not pass the test with the grade "poor".
Shower gel for sensitive skin: Öko-Test takes a close look at 31 products
According to the descriptions, shower gel products that are advertised with the properties "sensitive" or "for sensitive skin" are supposed to clean particularly gently. According to the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB), "sensitive skin" reacts allergically in contact with certain substances (also called allergens). This can manifest itself in the form of redness, severe itching, weeping rash, blisters or swelling.+
Ökotest evaluates 31 shower gels for sensitive skin. (Symbolic image)
However, according to the Öko-Test, there is no binding definition for sensitive cosmetics, the term is not protected. So how do you recognize high-quality shower gel for sensitive skin as a consumer? The magazine carried out the test and analysed 31 sensitive shower gels in detail. Just in time for the summer season, Öko-Test has also examined sensitive sunscreens.
Öko-Test examines 31 sensitive shower gels – which of them received the top rating
What was striking about the study was that all ten certified natural cosmetic products scored "very good" in the test – so only two products with the top rating are "conventional" cosmetics. These well-known products were among the sensitive shower gels rated "very good" by Öko-Test:
- Rossmann: Alterra Sensitive Shower Shampoo
- dm: Alverde Ultra Sensitive Shower Cream
- Budni/Edeka/Netto: Flowering time Sensitive Care Shower
- Laverana: Basic Sensitive Cream Shower
- Weleda: Sensitive Delicate Cream Shower
Twelve other shower gels, however, scored "good", two "satisfactory", four "sufficient" and one product failed with a "poor" rating.
Öko-Test: Not all shower gel products for sensitive skin perform well – these private labels stand out
As Öko-Test reports, all 12 top-rated products do not contain PEG compounds such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Accordingly, these are usually so-called surfactants that cleanse and foam - but can often alsomake the skin more permeable to foreign substances and pollutants. The other 19 shower gels examined contained compounds of this type.
The shower gels of the own brands "Elkos" and "Joolea" from Edeka and Budni as well as the "Fenjal Creme Shower Sensitive" as well as the "Fenjal Creme Shower Sensitive" also attracted negative attention, which, according to the laboratory values, demonstrated significant levels of organohalogen compounds. According to Öko-Test, this can include skin-irritating substances. Another problem is that no organohalogen preservatives appear in the ingredient lists of the shower additives, which is probably why these are unwanted residues in the shower gels. "From our point of view, this could be avoided by better control of raw materials," concludes Öko-Test.
A shower gel fails the Öko-Test: Why it received the grade "poor"
Meanwhile, the clear loser in the test is the "Palmolive Naturals Sensitive Shower Cream", which did not pass the test with the grade "poor". The well-known branded product contains the questionable and synthetically produced fragrance musk fragrance galaxolide, according to Öko-Test. The fragrance is suspected of disrupting the endocrine system. According to the magazine, the substances accumulate in human adipose tissue and have even been detected in breast milk samples.
Due to the detection of musk scent galaxolide in the Palmolive shower cream, the manufacturer is "not up to date" with its formula, according to Öko-Test. In addition, PEG compounds, synthetic polymers and missing recyclate in the packaging were detected in the well-known shower gel. A devastating verdict for the branded product. However, the majority of sensitive shower gels are still recommendable - which can also be clearly seen in the many very positive reviews. According to the test, it is particularly worthwhile to access natural cosmetic products.
Stiftung Warentest also subjects cosmetic products to strict tests again and again. In a recent study, the consumer organization took a close look at various toothpastes – a cheap one was at the forefront. Meanwhile, Öko-Test has detected pollutants and mineral oil in cocoa powder – which is why the magazine warned against popular products.
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