Preservatives in my face cream?
When shopping for skin care products, we are accustomed to looking for the active ingredients that make them effective and often pay little attention to the string of other ingredients we are not familiar with. The skin care industry has for too long used ingredients that are toxic to our bodies in the products we use every day. With the information that has been revealed about harmful synthetic preservatives and fillers, it has become very important that we not only make sure we are looking for natural, safe and effective active ingredients, but also that the preservatives utilized are also safe and natural. So what are the ingredients we should be avoiding and which should we be looking for?
Some of the most common preservatives in skin care products are parabens. There are a variety of different parabens that are often selected for their low cost, however, it has been discovered that parabens are endocrine disruptors with many negative effects to our health.
n order to stave off the growth of harmful microbes, most skin care products do need preservatives. Luckily, there are effective natural preservatives that are safe to use on our skin daily. Many of the safe preservatives that we should be looking for in our skin care products are derived from plants. Vegetable glycerin is a non-irritating natural preserving agent derived from plant oils which is commonly used as a preservative in plant extracts. Sorbic acid is another safe preservative derived from fruit which is used as an antimicrobial preservative. Sodium levulinate and sodium anisate are antimicrobial preservatives derived from corn and fennel respectively. All of these preservatives are safe and effective and should join the list of safe preservatives to replace parabens in personal care products.
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