Why Preservatives are a Must Have in Skincare

Of all the ingredients in skin care formulations preservatives are the most important, especially in store bought skin care products. The reason is because they keep that product fresh (bacteria free) for 2 to 3 years. Preservatives have become the most controversial and debatable topic in the skin care industry.

I myself pondered sleeplessly over the topic when developing YASOU natural skin care. I knew I wanted high quality, Greek-inspired natural and organic ingredients in YASOU’s products. That part was exciting, fun and came easily when working with my formulator. The difficulty came with the preservative system, so I asked myself these questions:

1) What is the role of preservatives? Preservatives are synthetic chemicals that kill bacteria, fungi and mold. Only products that contain water (which are most products) need a preservative. Oil-based skin care products and anhydrous (water-free) skin care products do NOT need preservatives.

2) Are there effective natural preservatives? Well, I found some folks that argue yes and others that argue no. The people that argue yes use natural ingredients as preservatives, which only gives the product a 3 to 6 month (safe) shelf life span. And the folks that say no argue that natural substances are not active against the most threatening microbes, and pseudomonads (bacteria). Other ingredients used as natural preservatives such as essential oils require very high concentrations to be effective. Some of these oils also have offensive odors and coloring that are just NOT acceptable and most of them become inactivated by manufacturing procedures and other factors.

In addition these natural preservatives can change the density and experience of the product. For example, YASOU cellular day cream does not have much glide during application which is due to the extra natural preservative called Biovert that we added in it.

The only natural products that are really all natural are the ones handcrafted by you in your home, which can be used immediately and stored for a short time in the refrigerator. These are the only natural products that are not in need of any kind of preservative.

Store bought products need to be designed to remain fresh during the long span between the time of manufacture and the time the customer finishes using it. Without some type of preservative, store bought products would expose consumers to mold, bacteria, adverse skin reactions that can lead to serious skin infections and even blindness with products used around the eye area.

As you can see, there was a lot to consider when it came to YASOU’s preservative system. I am not pro synthetic preservatives because most of today’s commercial products are typically loaded with these synthetic and potentially carcinogenic (cancerous) preservatives.

YASOU’s foremost priority is the safety of our customer’s. Our products are luxuriously rich and we knew as a start up company we would need at least a two-year (safe) shelf life span. With that in mind we proceeded in developing the most natural /organic products using top quality ingredients as well as natural ingredients and natural preservatives and began testing. It was at that time we discovered we needed to add a little more protection into our products so we carefully decided on Phenoxyethanol.

Phenoxyethanol offered a universal, highly effective broad-spectrum protection for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mold, yeast and fungi. It is NOT formaldehyde releasing agent and probably the most paraben free and propylene glycol free preservative on the market. It works extremely well in small amounts with natural preservatives.
Phenoxyethanol is created by treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium. Each ingredient individually could cause harm, but when they react together they chemically create a safe and effective preservative.

YASOU natural skin care products contain less than .06% phenoxyethanol. We let you know that upfront because our priority is you and your safety!

Time for a Mother Daughter Skincare Talk

Proper skincare should be one of the things mothers and daughters and even grandmothers should take time to talk about. The wisdom of cross-generational experiences, concerns, and observations can often be very helpful. The key is to listen to each other, share experiences, talk about concerns in an encouraging and supportive way, and offer observations only if asked.

With those ground rules, let the conversation about skincare begin. You can start with these questions but feel free to add or ignore as you see fit. I’m including some answers we got from mothers and daughters on an informal survey we conducted.

The only advice I got from my mom about skincare was […fill in the blank]. But times have changed and I think we can do better than that.

Our survey showed that older moms received very little advice from their moms except an occasional warning to stay out of the sun. One mom said: “I have no memory of skin care advice from my mom other than beware of too much sun because it makes your skin leathery.”

There are some things I feel are important for ust to share about skin care. Can we talk now?

Some of the things moms and daughters shared included information about hereditary traits, proper cleansing, moisturizing, skin problems, protecting skin from sun damage, healthy eating and exercise. Also, how skin changes as one ages. One mom shared this about aging with her daughter: “I am open to more anti-aging, natural products as I age. And certainly I use more sunscreen!”

One mom said: “I’ve talked with her about the importance of proper skincare. I’ve gotten her facials and helped her get higher quality skin care since she was around 12.”

About proper cleansing one mom wrote: “My daughter doesn’t always remove her makeup at night and we definitely go head to head about that one.”

A daughter wrote saying: “I wish my mom would consider using natural organic skincare rather than the chemical based products she uses.”

What do you credit for your complexion?

This is a good question because it lets you know how each other thinks about your skin and your approach to healthy skin. Do you owe it to something fixed like heredity or current age? Or do you attribute it to skincare products, stress, healthy eating or other lifestyle choices?

How do you define beauty?

Listen to hear if she defines beauty beyond physical characteristics. If not, share with her your definition of beauty that includes deeper values.

One mom from the survey said: “Beauty is the aura that comes from living true to who you are.” Another said: “Self-assured grace that emits from the inside out.”

Do you disagree with anything I’ve brought up? Is there anthing you think I should know about?

Be ready to listen, because moms and daughters may have a lot to say to each other. Here is a memory one mom shared:

“My mom did something wonderful for me. She bought me a makeup lesson and facial when I was 13. She thought I was a little heavy handed on the blue eye shadow. I learned about skincare and how to apply makeup so I didn’t look like a hooker!”

Skincare can be a topic that brings moms and daughters together in a special way. This mom used it as a bridge for bonding.

“My daughter and I have gotten massages and facials together. It’s a bonding moment that we share a couple of times a year. Somewhat so that she takes care of her skin, but mostly so that she knows how important it is to manage self care and treat herself like a queen sometimes, even if no one else does. We all deserve some pampering.”