The Truth about Preservatives and Packaging

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You may be wondering about our products, preservatives and packaging. As a matter of fact, it’s good to know what you are putting on and in our bodies. Our product’s safety must be verified before it leaves our lab. We have no control over its safety or stability after that product is opened. Therefore, we need to add in preservatives to our products.

This is a very common process and it is kept to a minimum in most products. Adding preservatives to a product inhibits oxidation and prevents chemical changes that may occur during exposure to air, moisture and contamination from use.

We much prefer using natural preservatives. However, sometimes we need to use synthetic preservatives. Synthetic does not mean chemical. We do not use parabens or other chemical preservatives.

Preservatives have gotten a bad rap lately but are necessary to prolong the life of your product. Chemical preservatives, such as parabens are of concern. However, natural and synthetic preservatives are safer and less apt to cause skin irritation than chemical preservatives. “Natural” sounds great, but sometimes synthetic is more available and many we use are derived form natural ingredients.

Here are a couple examples of natural, synthetic preservatives:

  • Honey ~ It is a natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, and is great for the skin. It is a great moisturizer due to it having natural humectant properties, holding moisture against the skin.
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract ~ It is a natural antibiotic, anti-septic and preservative found in many skin preparations, however this ingredient is not as natural as some think. It is mainly synthetically produced from Grapefruit Seeds under a chemical synthesis involving catalysts and reagents under extreme heat to create the aforementioned extract.
  • Potassium Sorbate ~ This can be considered natural since it comes from a natural source, however it is again synthetically altered to create the preservative used in many skin care products.  This ingredient is usually used in combination with other preservatives because it solely prevention of mold and yeast, not bacteria.
  • Tetrasodium EDTA ~ This is a chelating agent designed to bind metals ions such as zinc, magnesium, calcium. It also improves the efficacy of other preservatives. EDTA is FDA approved for treatment of heavy metal and lead poisoning.

The other way we strive to lengthen the life of our products is in our packaging.  Exclusive of our Peptide and Vitamin C cream, our products come in solid white cylinder. That prevents UV exposure and contamination that can form using your fingers in your product. Our bottles are not contained in boxes or other packaging. That simply reduces trash in our world.

Have questions about any of our products? Here at SkinTech we offer a range of naturally-derived products to help you fight the aging process, and our professional staff can answer all of your questions. Our mission is to change the world, one person at a time, and that begins with you. You can find our products online, or come visit us in the store at 4819 Kilauea Ave, #6 in Honolulu. We’re here with great advice and instruction as well as the best products available today.