Rarely, very rarely, does it happen that we toast with alcohol in the office. That doesn't fit in with our office culture, especially not with the admonitions we've written down in 18 articles (yes, we counted again) about skin health. We preach water and yet drink (sparkling) wine? This exception happened last week. Because: 48grams was evaluated by the well known Institut dermatest with eight times "Sehr Gut" (translates to "Excellent"). A huge success - especially since we have only launched eight products on the market. This wonderful news gave us the following idea: We should simply tell you, dear readers, how this top certification came about. The process is exciting and the outcome is a testament to true quality.
Effectiveness and tolerability
We members of the editorial team believe in the effectiveness of our products – that can't be in doubt after publishing three dozen blog entries. Long before the sales launch, we already tried the masks, eye pads, creams and serum with relish (and successfully) on our faces. That, in turn, was months after the laboratory tests for efficacy and tolerance. But more importantly, you, our customers, keep giving us top marks, and a large number of you have become regular buyers. What a success. Nevertheless, in February we decided to make our products available for independent testing. People needs seals and certificates - and new customers get a credible confirmation of how good the developments of Skincare Pope Bernd Kuhs are.
Independent study by the leading test institute
For the test, we chose a "hard door," as they say here in Berlin. The principle is this: If the man at the door doesn't have a good feeling, there's no party. Transferred this means: We chose the institute dermatest to be beyond any doubt. We wanted official confirmation of Bernd Kuhs' statement: "Our products are optimally compatible." dermatest is known for not making any compromises. They have been speaking only one language there for over 40 years: that of science.
Transparency creates trust
Why is this so important? In the cosmetics industry, manufacturers adorn themselves with countless seals: "medically tested," "proven in clinics," "tested by dermatologists," "examined by independent laboratories". But the proof, the test results or the naming of the institute some companies seem to have forgotten. Perhaps the dermatologist mentioned is also an employee of the manufacturer. Transparency is missing. EU regulations are curiously unhelpful here. There are no precise specifications. Neither for the implementation nor about the duration. In fact, it would be enough if a dermatologist and a few test persons joined forces.
Publish results, name institutes
If you now think we want to shame competitors, you are wrong. As with every blog article, we want to give tips or make you think. In this case, to simply take a closer look. Reputable cosmetics companies not only display seals, but also publish the individual test results and name the responsible institute. Thus, we all have the certainty that the products are really not harmful. In addition, the seal is also a source of information. Customers can find out how old a formulation is. Because after every change in a so-called formulation, a study has to be carried out again, the seal is given the current date. That is real transparency.
30 test subjects, different skin types
Now we've put you on the rack a bit. Sorry. We wanted you to understand why tests and evidence are so important. But now finally to the practical part. Here's how it works at dermatest: First, the responsible scientists receive an exact list of the proportionally used ingredients. Everything that makes up 48grams, the secret formulas, must be disclosed. Then a group of 30 test persons is determined. By the way, statistically 18 people would be enough here. But dermatest wants absolute certainty. In our case, 23 women and 7 men volunteered - between the ages of 23 and 70. Also important was the cross-section of different skin types: dry, oily, normal and combination skin. All participants received the so-called test material - undiluted, that is important - for 24 hours on the skin. The area was then sealed with a foil plaster. This is called an epicutaneous test.
Rapid skin absorption, long evaluation
According to the dermatest report, "The special patch specifically ensures an occlusive test environment that facilitates the penetration of the potecial topical irritant of the test substance through the stratum corneum to the effector cells. If necessary, these trigger an immunological reaction mechanism, which usually leads to local reddening of the skin." And now the whole thing translated into something understandable: in an air-impermeable environment, the creams, serums and mask ingredients penetrate the skin more quickly - should there be a substance in the process that can trigger irritation, this reaction will occur fast. As mentioned, the patch was removed after 24 hours and the skin's reaction was checked after another hour. After 48 and 72 hours, the physicians checked the subjects' tissues again.
No intolerance, no allergies
All 8 products currently available in our store were included in this study. And now we may present the seal "Sehr Gut" (translates to "Excellent") for all products. Creams, masks and the serum are now "dermatologically tested". At no time was there an intolerance reaction or even an allergy occurrence. We think these are good reasons to raise a glass!