June 12, 2019
Health-conscious consumers like to pay special attention to the ingredients contained in the products they use. And for good reason. It is especially important that products used in the sensitive genital area have a formula that is both highly gentle and friendly to the skin. This means that it is essential for these products to be dermatologically tested. We at pjur guarantee this is true for all our pjur med products (pronounced "pure").
For our health-conscious consumers, we take considerable pride in offering high-quality formulas for our products. But what does that mean exactly and what kind of ingredients are they?
Read the following to gain more insight into what makes our pjur med products so special.
What does 'vegan' actually mean?
Something we're starting to hear a lot more often nowadays, both in the media and in our closer circles is: "I don't use animal products". Veganism has become a part of mainstream society. Currently, there are millions of vegans worldwide, and the number is growing. But what does veganism actually mean?
'Vegan' means sustainability and making the conscious decision to purchase and consume products that do not contain animal ingredients. People that pursue a vegan lifestyle want to take as little from the environment as possible, leaving more for animals, plants and our fellow human beings. Whatever is consumed is no longer available for others to live from. Being vegan no longer means merely abstaining from eating animal products; it represents living a more holistically aware lifestyle. An increasing number of consumers are becoming more conscious of using vegan products, including clothing, cleaning supplies and cosmetic products. The use of animal ingredients and animal testing in the manufacture and development of products goes against the principles of a vegan lifestyle. But adhering to this lifestyle consistently is not that easy.
A number of companies in the cosmetics industry have responded by developing products that do not contain animal ingredients and that are not tested on animals – the market for vegan products is growing steadily. Vegan means that the raw materials used are not derived from animals in any way and that no animal testing may be used.
Our pjur med VEGAN glide bears the internationally registered, globally recognised Vegan Trademark of the Vegan Society. The Vegan Trademark shows consumers that these products do not involve or contain animal-derived ingredients and have not involved animal testing.
The Vegan Society is a British organisation that has supported the steadily growing vegan target group since 1944. The 18,000 products and services that have already earned the UK organisation's seal mean that the Vegan Society has designated more products as vegan than any other organisation in the world. Many vegans trust the seal of the Vegan Society.
With the Vegan Trademark of the Vegan Society, yet another pjur product has earned a seal for its quality. pjur focuses precisely on quality – in all of its products.
Parabens – Preservatives with Risks?
Preservatives are used in a number of cosmetic products to help extend the shelf life. This is because water is one of the ingredients. As soon as a water-based cosmetic product comes into contact with the air or a finger is dipped in the cream, the product will begin to expire. The culprits here are bacteria, yeast and mould. Preservatives inhibit their growth and help extend the shelf life. If preservatives are not used, the product must be refrigerated and the shelf life is greatly reduced. Parabens are the most commonly used preservatives. But are they actually dangerous?
Parabens are synthetic preservatives that have been used in cosmetic products for over 80 years. The problem is that in addition to having preservative effects, long-chain parabens are also similar to the sex hormone oestrogen. The hormone is absorbed into the upper layer of skin when a certain amount of cream, deodorant or other such product is applied. This fact has often led to criticism of long-chain parabens in the past.
An EU regulation limits the use of parabens. Methylparaben and ethylparaben may be used as preservatives up to a concentration of 0.4 percent. These parabens are considered safe to use at this level. For the use of butylparaben and propylparaben, the recommendation is as follows: the concentration of these parabens should be limited to 0.19 percent. As more accurate findings are not currently available, the concentrations mentioned are considered to be appropriate. Isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, pentylparaben and phenylparaben should no longer be used. The health risks could not be adequately assessed in these cases. Benzylparaben is no longer permitted in the EU.4
Our pjur Med SENSITIVE Glide Water Based Personal Lubricant 100ml completely abstains from the use of parabens, glycerin and preservatives. The formula has been kept as neutral as possible and the ingredients have been put together in the way that microbial growth can’t occur. This makes Our pjur Med SENSITIVE Glide Water Based Personal Lubricant 100ml an ideal water-based personal lubricant for the very sensitive genital mucous membrane area. This allows you to experience carefree intimacy with a dermatologically approved lubricant.
Natural Jojoba oil for the sensitive mucous membranes in the intimate area
More than what you'd expect from a conventional personal lubricant: not only does pjur Med SOFT Glide Silicone Based Personal Lubricant 100ml facilitate pain-free, fulfilling hours of togetherness, but it also meets the highest medical requirements. The concentrated formula with high-quality silicones was specially developed for dry and sensitive mucous membranes and is enhanced with jojoba oil.
The soothing and caring properties of jojoba oil can have positive effects on the sensitive mucous membranes in the genital area and improve the elasticity of the skin. A natural active ingredient, extracted from the seeds of the jojoba bush: the only plant species of the monotypic genus Simmondsia, which in turn is the only genus of the Simmondsiaceae family and Caryophyllales order.
In chemical terms, jojoba oil is a liquid wax, consisting of over 97 per cent liquid, long-chained wax esters with a chain length of between 38 and 44 carbon atoms, tocopherols and free sterols. The fatty acids contained within are not connected to each other by glycerin, but by a fatty alcohol. These long-chain esters are similar to those that exist alongside other compounds in the human sebum and they ensure that the jojoba can blend well with them. This forms a delicate lipid layer, which binds moisture into the skin without sealing it.
The term "jojoba" was originally pronounced "ho-ho-ba", and originates from the language of the Tohono O'odham people: the descendants of two linguistically related, yet culturally different Native American tribes, who once lived in the Sonoran Desert in south-western Arizona (USA) and north-western Sonora (Mexico).
The multifaceted effects of the extracted oil on human skin are just as unique as the name and the plant itself: fewer wrinkles, increased suppleness and protection, improved elasticity, a smoother surface, a natural sun protection factor of three to four and much more besides.
An entire array of positive effects then, not least owing to the antioxidants provitamin A (beta carotene) and vitamin E a physiologically beneficial composition of fatty acids - contained within, which explains why jojoba oil is also used in numerous cosmetic products, such as sunscreen.
For pjur Med SOFT Glide Silicone Based Personal Lubricant 100ml the soothing and caring properties of the silicone-based formula and the excellent, exceptionally long-lasting, gentle lubrication qualities are paramount. It ensures that sexuality can be enjoyed to the full, even in more mature years, with no worries about skin irritation or pain.
Why Use Silicones in Personal Lubricants?
Silicones are artificially produced chemical compounds which do not occur in nature. So why use them in personal lubricants, which are medical products which come into contact with some of the most intimate and sensitive areas of the body? The reason is simple: personal lubricants must possess special properties to deal with the environment inside a vagina.
The lubricant properties necessary for keeping the vaginal mucosa moisturized are described below:
The vaginal mucosa is an organ of the female body which is growing continually, and the only orifice, which is influenced by a woman’s hormonal status. Thus the conditions of the vagina changes dramatically with age as well as during the monthly hormonal cycle. The stability of mature vagina mucosa depends on the monthly hormone cycle. After the end of the hormone cycle discharge from the inside of the body through the vagina is not sufficient any more to stabilize the mucosa.
The vaginal mucosa, just like the body’s outer skin, is created by a cell layer beneath the mucosa. These cells shed, and the shed component is pushed away from the cell layer to the outside of the mucosa. Because of the growing distance between the blood vessels, which supply the living cells with oxygen and nutrients, and the mucosa cell, whenever new cells are generated, the mucosa cells die on their way to the outside of the mucosa. The outer layer of the mucosa is composed of dead cells, held together by lipids, the phospholipids. The phospholipids are an important part of every cell wall. The phospholipids reduce the gas and water permeability of the mucosa. They cannot block permeation totally, because there is space between the dead cells, filled with a network of proteins and amino sugars. The mucosa will only be smooth if the dead cells on the outside of the mucosa are consistently removed. When the monthly cycle ends through menopause and the metabolic rate is reduced, the cell division time increases, the vaginal mucosa becomes an unstable system: because the rate of newly produced mucosa cells decreases, the lipid layer, which regulates the water flow through the mucosa, gets thinner and unstable. Basically the dry vaginal mucosa is a consequence of insufficient natural lubrication. The natural lipids are missing.
A slight flow of water discharged from the inside of a woman’s body, through the vaginal mucous membrane and from the vagina washes away toxic metabolic products, micro-organisms such as the yeast Candida albicans and dead mucous membrane cells from the body. When a woman is sexually aroused, this flow increases and becomes noticeable. However, even if the flow is low at other times, the woman’s body needs it for well-being and health: the discharge moisturizes the vaginal mucous membrane and decreases friction between the various parts of the vagina, when walking, for example. When the discharge flow stops after menopause or after a cancer treatment, there is uncomfortable pain.
Description of the situation after menopause
To keep up the healthy structure of the mucosa, discharge from the inside of the mucosa to the outside is necessary. If the discharge is reduced after menopause, the forces maintaining the structure decrease or even vanish. The mucosa may be looked upon as a barrier. Only if the differential pressure of the water through the barrier, the mucous membrane is great enough, small differences in the structure of the barrier, the mucous membrane, are equalized. The discharge from the inside to the outside of the mucosa are no longer balanced throughout the entire mucosa, but in some small areas the discharge will be smaller and in some greater than the average, due to minor differences in the structure. This will generate tearing and the tearing makes the mucosa permeable. In some small areas below the surface of the mucous membrane, the concentrations of water and oxygen will increase, while in areas directly next to the skin cells, degeneration is accelerated, because the supply of water and oxygen is reduced. Through the rapid degeneration, tears and channels are opened in the mucous membrane which can reach to the blood vessels of the skin and to the nerve cells, and trigger irritation of those nerve cells. Naturally, the transport of toxins through skin out of the body is then reduced.
Personal lubricants can minimize the friction and reduce tearing and thus reduce pain.
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