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Natural Preservatives that can be Good for Our Skin
We can’t escape artificial and synthetic preservatives. They are in everything from our bath soap to the food that we eat. The FDA has approved all of these preservatives, but there is growing concern that long term effects may not be completely realized and that we are causing internal as well as external damage. There are some natural preservatives that can be beneficial for you, without the potential dangers.
Certain antioxidants and essential oils can behave as natural preservatives for the skin but do have a limited shelf life. Others natural skin care products can be created using a sterilized environment, without preservatives and they must be refrigerated. Thankfully, there are more companies producing skin care products through the use of natural preservatives. These are made in small batches and typically have a shelf life of two to three years.
Essential oils can be incredible preservatives but are not common in preserving our cosmetic products. They have been used over the centuries in the perfume industry where they demonstrated incredible antiseptic properties. They are made from leaves, flowers, woody plants and grasses and kill almost all of the fungi and bacteria without any harm to our human systems. If you create your own essential oils, you will know that storage is important to maintain their powerful attributes. An example of an excellent essential oil to consider is sweet orange oil. Adding one drop of sweet orange oil to around two ounces of cream kills all of the fungi and bacteria in your preparation.
As our demand for natural products grows, there is a continuing demand for manufacturers to focus on creating products with natural preservatives. People are becoming more educated on what to use for the best and most safe results for products on our body and face and companies are listening to the demand.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Natural Products13 Jun 2013|