The Truth About Preservatives

June 30, 2020 0 Comments

The Truth About Preservatives

When did preservative become a bad word?
 
There is a common misconception that preservatives are unhealthy for your body. While some preservation agents in high doses have been show to disrupt certain systems in the body or impact the environment negatively, not all preservatives are harmful. Additionally, preservatives are very necessary when it comes to making safe and effective skincare.
 
Beneficial ingredients like nourishing oils, humectants and botanical extracts are often easily oxidized, fermented or able to harbor bacteria and fungus. As a result, preservatives are added to prevent these outcomes from occurring. Anti-oxidants can help prevent oils from changing forms or spoiling, antimicrobial and anti-fungal agents prevent mold or pathogen growth, and certain acids can alter the pH to ensure no spoilage can occur. These actions are essential to maintaining the efficacy and safety of a product.
 
Without preservation agents, your skin care could be rendered ineffective as active ingredients no longer function, it could contribute to poor skin condition like increased acne, create irritation due to fungi or pH changes, or even cause serious health problems due to spoilage, bacteria or mold growth.
 
While it might be tempting to opt for a product that’s preservative free, please remember that preservatives have a functional and essential role in your skin care.
 
Below are a list of safe and natural preservation ingredients for commonly found in skin care products:
 
  • Dehydroacetic acid
  • Glyceryl Caprilate 
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Glycerin
  • Benzyl Alcohol & Salicylic Acid & Glycerin & Sorbic Acid
  • Gluconolactone & Sodium Benzoate
  • Anisic acid 
  • Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate
  • Naticide
  • Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate