Ever wonder why your face is having a melt down when you see a disturbing cystic pimple or wilderness dry patches on your face? Answer…. Your skin microbiota is unbalanced. Now your thinking “sis what in the world is skin microbiota?”
Published Scientific report Effect of commonly used cosmetic preservatives on skin resident microflora dynamics states that our skin microbiota is the outermost layer of our skin. It is our first line of defense against infectious and toxic external agents. It is populated by various microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi, and archaea. Basically it’s our Superman against the villains of skin issues!
Preservatives to our skin microbiota, is like kryptonite to Superman, a weakness. When there is an imbalance in our skin microbiota it is easily susceptible to external factors such as UV radiation, frost, pollution, and disinfectants. Now there is growing evidence that pollutants, phthalates, and other chemicals, also that included in cosmetic products can alter the balance of the skin microbiota, compromising the imbalance of the skin flora(microorganisms). Which is mind-boggling. The topical application of cosmetic products such as hygiene products, moisturizers, anti-aging oily products, can alter the lipid film that covers the skin and affect the diversity of the skin's flora.
Even some preservatives in skin care products can cause an imbalance in the skin’s flora.
Avoid Synthetic Preservatives, like the Bubonic Plague
Preservatives in cosmetics are used to prevent bacterial and microbial growth, but synthetic versions can cause adverse long-term health effects. Parabens and formaldehyde-releasing ingredients are commonly used in conventional products, but studies have shown the harmful effects of exposure to these ingredients.
What are Parabens?
A common type of synthetic preservative in cosmetics is parabens. Parabens are used in food, beauty, and personal care products. Some common parabens include methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben. While parabens do help prevent bacterial growth in these types of products, they’ve also been linked to hormonal disruption because of how they can imitate estrogen. That’s because the cosmetic ingredients we apply are absorbed through our skin, and can interact with the chemical and hormonal functions that occur in our bodies. Studies show that parabens artificially mimic estrogens in the body, leading to a host of metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders. Even more disturbingly, parabens have been found in human breast cancer tissue, suggesting a link between parabens and cancerous growth. This is why we strongly recommend you to look for cosmetic products that are paraben-free.
Conventional cosmetic products also use synthetic preservatives that release formaldehyde over time as a way to preserve products. Some examples of these preservatives in cosmetics are DMDMH, bronopol, and glyoxal that are used as antimicrobials in moisturizers. The problem is that formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen linked to damaging long-term health effects. A study found that the longer these formaldehyde-releasing ingredients are stored, the more formaldehyde is released and can cause more problematic health effects. In other words, while these synthetic preservatives are effective at protecting cosmetic formulas for longer periods of time, they also end up posing even more harm to your health.
Choose Natural Preservatives
We highly recommend that you avoid synthetic preservatives in cosmetics such as parabens and the formaldehyde-releasing ingredients listed above. It’s possible to create organic skincare products free of these harmful ingredients that rely on beneficial, plant-based alternatives instead. Choosing organic skincare is already a guarantee that you’re keeping these toxic synthetic ingredients out of your body.
Grapeseed Oil as a Natural Preservative
Our organic skincare products are preserved using herbs such as Grapeseed Oil. Grapeseed Oil is a powerful natural preservative that serves as a healthy alternative to synthetic parabens. It’s the optimal preservative for organic cosmetics due to its natural derivation process and non-toxic chemical profile.
What’s more, Grapeseed Oil extract is soothing for all skin types and works synergistically with other natural ingredients. For example, it complements the watermelon seed oil, rosehip oil, and hyaluronic acid in our Rich Skin Face Serum. The potent yet light oil serum serves as a soothing anti-inflammatory formula that balances your skin flora, hydrates skin longer, and provides a plump glowing look.
Natural Preservative System in Organic Skin Care
In addition to Grapeseed Oil extract, we also draw on cold processed plant oils and high concentrations of antioxidants and vitamins to create a natural preservative system for organic skin care. For example, chia seed oil demonstrates significant antibacterial and antifungal activity, making it an excellent natural preservative in our Rich Skin Face Serum and Glow Skin Face Serum. CBD oil is also packed with vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial for your skin and help balance oil production. When using our Rich Skin Face Serum or Heal Salve, the CBD oil helps to clear away microbes without upsetting the natural balance of your skin.
We are all trying to have the beautiful perfect skin of Naomi Campbell or Elle Macpherson. Why does it have to be so freaking hard manage our skin? It doesn’t have to be hard. Using natural skincare products that have little to no preservatives can ensure the balance of our skin microbiota.
Tips On Preserving Skin Care Products
In addition to choosing natural preservatives, we recommend closely following the storage directions on each skin care product. Always store cosmetic products in cool, shaded locations to prevent formulas from spoiling. Use clean fingers and securely close containers after use to prevent microbial contamination. You should also pay attention to the “open jar” shelf life of each product. To check this, locate the open jar symbol on the packaging or product container. The open jar symbol will state how many months a product will last for after opening. Make sure to dispose of cosmetic products that have been opened past their shelf life and expiration date. And remember, when in doubt about the integrity and safety of the product, it’s best to toss and replenish with fresh new formulas.
Our products have a shorter shelf life and we manufacture them in small volumes in South Carolina. Immediately after the products have been produced, they are stored in cold rooms before being transported to your home. This is something that unique for us, something we are incredibly proud of. This new approach to skincare in terms of manufacturing, storage, warehousing, logistics, and sales makes it possible to develop microbiome friendly and efficient skincare. Our products do not contain unnecessary additives such as perfumes or dyes and instead of using large amounts of preservatives, they are preserved through our developed method with a minimum of anti-microbial ingredients.
Note from our Owner-
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