Natural Preservatives for Skin Care

Updated on March 1, 2022

Our skin is our body’s largest organ. It serves as a protective barrier from the elements and aids in heat regulation, infection control, and other functions. The environment around us, including the cosmetic goods we use on our skin, causes our skin to react and adapt.

Some natural preservatives, such as honey, and many chemical preservatives help your products live longer and, more crucially, prevent you from contracting an infectious bacterial disease that has festered inside of them.

Preservatives in cosmetics are both widespread and important because skin care is similar to eating.

Preservatives are essential in water-based products because they destroy water-borne germs and microorganismswhile also preventing the development of bacteria, mould, and yeast. When a product comprises water (which includes hydrosols, aloe vera juice,and flower water), a preservative is required to prevent microorganisms from growing.

Anhydrousproductsor water-free products are not susceptible to microbial contagion, that’s why they do not require preservatives. Anhydrous creamed body buttersandlip balms are examples of this type of product. An anhydrous product that may come into touch with water is an exception (e.g., a cleansing balm ora body scrub applied with wet fingers). You should either avoid introducing water to the product while using these types of products or include a preservative to the product.

Natural, synthetic, and chemical preservatives are the three types of preservatives used in skincare. Honey, thyme, oregano, and tea tree oils are all natural preservatives with antimicrobial qualities. These preservatives, however, may not be as effective as others. Tocopheryl acetate, a man-made form of vitamin E, and food-grade sodium benzoate are examples of synthetic preservatives. Other alcohol-based preservatives include ethanol, grape alcohol, benzyl alcohol, and witch hazel. Parabens and formaldehyde, which can be present in some shampoos, are examples of chemical preservatives.

People usually keep cosmetics in bathrooms, which become humid and warm during showers and are often next to a running toilet, which can mist particulates onto or inside our items. Preservatives, once again, limit microbe growth, even in this optimal environment.

Some reputed companies are delivering the greatest of natural substances to the market. The goal of these brands is to bridge the gap between chemical and natural products. Many natural components and food items were tested for antibacterial and antifungal activities during the research process.

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