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Understanding Preservatives in Cosmetics

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Update time : 2021-08-03 11:57:49
Our living environment is a world full of microorganisms. Many of the ingredients in cosmetics are nutrients for microorganisms to grow and multiply. Under the right temperature and humidity conditions, microorganisms can grow and multiply in large numbers. During the production of cosmetics, if the equipment and environment are not thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, microorganisms can easily be generated and cause contamination of cosmetics. When taking cosmetic contents, it may cause secondary contamination of cosmetics.

In order to avoid deterioration of cosmetics during production, storage and use, it is generally necessary to add preservatives to cosmetics to inhibit the growth of microorganisms and to ensure that they do not deteriorate during use due to the growth of microorganisms. A preservative is a raw material used to inhibit or prevent the growth and reproduction of microorganisms in cosmetics, thereby preventing the spoilage of the product. There are many different kinds of preservatives. For safety reasons, many countries and regions around the world have regulations regarding the use of preservatives in cosmetics.

Some consumers believe that as long as they do not contain preservatives, they are safe and of high quality. In fact, this idea is not desirable. Currently, there are three types of cosmetics that claim to be preservative-free. In the first case, products do not contain preservatives and are mostly limited to disposable packaging products (such as capsule products) and products with a base that does not easily harbor bacteria (such as lipsticks, floral lotions, perfumes, etc.). . The second case is the concept of suspected speculation. These products do not use preservative ingredients, but rather add some preservative ingredients that have antibacterial effects and are not included in the Technical Specification for permitted preservatives, such as glutaraldehyde and octyl glycol containing such preservatives are not necessarily safer than products that use preservatives in accordance with the Technical Specification. The third category is products that falsely advertise or mislead consumers, such as products that actually use preservatives but claim not to, avoid using preservatives, and unilaterally advertise preservatives that are not used.
 
Consumers should look at preservatives in cosmetics in a rational and scientific manner. Chinese laws and regulations require all cosmetic products to undergo toxicological testing or risk assessment before they can be marketed. Generally speaking, cosmetics that use preservatives in strict accordance with the requirements of the Technical Specification are safe.
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