Science Behind the Beauty: What You Need to Know About Preservatives

beauty preservatives

Beauty preservatives are substances which are added to cosmetic products to hinder the development of bacteria. There are both synthetic and natural beauty preservatives  Even organic skincare and makeup lines use natural preservatives like Rosemary Extract and Vitamin E to extend the life of their products. If a cosmetic line does not use preservatives, especially in products containing water, these products are potentially dangerous because they expire so quickly!

Common Synthetic Beauty Preservatives

  • Benzyl Alcohol*
  • Phenoxyethanol*
  • Tetrasodium EDTA
  • Parabens
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Sodium Benzoate*
  • Gluconolactone*
  • Chlorphenism
  • Triclosan
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Sodium
  • Dehydroacetate
  • Dehydroacetic Acid
  • Quaternium – 15
  • Stearalkonium
  • Chloride
  • Zinc Pyrithione
  • Sodium Metabisulfite
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Digluconate
  • Benzalkonium Chloride
  • Sodium Sulfite
  • Sodium Salicylate
  • Citric Acid
  • Lactic Acid

Common Natural Beauty Preservatives

  • Essential Oils
  • Neem Oil
  • Sweet Orange Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Rosemary Extract
  • Radish Root*
  • Grapeseed Extract
  • Potassium Sorbate*
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

*Most frequently used in Glo Skin Beauty’s makeup range.

Are Beauty Preservatives Safe?

Without preservatives, the life of your cosmetic products would be dramatically reduced.Your makeup and skincare products, can spoil and be contaminated just like food. There can be no safe or non-toxic cosmetic without preservatives. For example, when you dip your fingers into a jar of cream, if you haven’t washed your hands directly before use, you could be introducing harmful bacteria into your cream. Preservatives help to prevent bacteria from irritating and damaging your skin! Plus, preservatives only make up between 0.1% to 1% of your products, so a minuscule amount.

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