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The misunderstood guardian angel: the preservatives in cosmetics

Ο παρεξηγημένος φύλακας άγγελος: τα συντηρητικά στα καλλυντικά

Any cosmetic product that contains water and organic / inorganic substances must be protected from the growth of microorganisms, germs and mold that contribute to its decomposition.

If you make the grandmother’s recipe or one of the dozens that circulate on the internet and promote themselves as “100% natural”, “without chemicals” etc etc, the maximum period that will remain safe if no preservative is added to it, is up to 5 days in refrigerator! Then it will develop germs that will be dangerous for the appearance of infection or allergic reaction on your skin.
You can not see the invisible enemy and understand macroscopically when you have to throw the product. The microorganisms multiply rapidly before giving a sign of external deterioration.

Therefore, in order for a cosmetic product to be safe for use, it must contain an effective preservative with a specific duration, which is also its shield of protection and determines the life of the product under normal maintenance conditions. For example, in extreme temperature and humidity measurements, the shelf life of the cosmetic is not guaranteed. If you leave your bag with sunscreen and sunscreen in the sun, on the beach or in the trunk of your car that is hit by the summer sun, do not be sure that they have not changed.

In the microscope

Some of the not so nice microbial organisms that can grow in creams and lotions that contain water, dairy products, flower water, etc. are:
– staphylococcus aureus – gram positive
– escherichia coli – gram negative
– pseudomonas aeruginosa – gram negative
– candida albicans – yeast
– aspergillus niger – mould

Now that we have agreed on the need to add preservatives to cosmetics, the question remains which preservatives and why they have gained such a bad reputation ???

Consumer cosmetics, both those you find on the supermarket shelf, but also those of large cosmetics, makeup and personal care companies, contain all the range of preservatives selected for their effectiveness but also for their low price.
The usual preservatives are the parabens known to all of us, which have been blamed for toxic action and disruption of the endocrine system, in cases of systematic and intensive use.

What is the answer of “natural cosmetics”?

There are several brands of natural cosmetics that are safe to use, that use preservatives tested for their effectiveness but also for their low toxicity.

Possibly of higher cost, but with lower toxicity and natural origin.

As a responsible and informed consumer, you need to do your research and choose reliable producers.
Companies that, being small, have products on the market that do not reduce quality and safety for cost reasons and operate on the basis of Good Manufacturing Practices.

Seamuse works with certified quality control, testing and analysis laboratories to test the safety of its products before they are placed on the market.

To protect our cosmetics, we have done extensive research to select an effective preservative for the entire range of bacteria and fungi, while maintaining its natural origin.

You can find more information about our production process here.

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