Avoiding preservatives in your food is wise decision. In skin care, it’s not possible to avoid preservatives. Any product that contains water has to have a preservative. Within weeks after opening a product without preservatives, you’d find growing colonies of molds, bacteria and yeasts. A world without preservatives is a world with fuzzy growths in your skin care products. The only skin care products that can be free of preservatives are oil-based products that contain no water.
Although you can’t avoid preservatives entirely in skin care products, there are specific preservatives that should be avoided. There are also safer plant-based preservatives and even synthetic preservatives that will keep your products fresh without harming your health.
Preservatives to avoid
By design, preservatives are meant to kill so it shouldn’t be a shocker to find that some of them can be hazards to your skin health. The worst offenders are parabens, formaldehyde releasing preservatives and skin irritating preservatives.
1) Parabens - Parabens are the latest poster child for unhealthy ingredients. They’re found in many different types of products and they’re easily absorbed through the skin. Parabens are widely used because they’re an inexpensive way to extend products’ shelf life by preventing the growth of fungus, bacteria, and mold. They’re also used as an ingredient in ‘fragrance’ but you won’t see it listed on the ingredients list for reasons explained below.
Exposure to parabens can cause skin reactions for people with sensitive or reactive skin, especially people with rosacea. Worse, parabens have been found to disrupt hormone function affecting development, reproduction, and child health.
Parabens are listed on ingredients labels under many different names, but all of them end with the word “paraben” including: methyl paraben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben.
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