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Water a waste ingredient or filler in Beauty Products?

Look at the ingredient label of the skin care products you're using now.

What's the first ingredient?

We bet that the first ingredient is water, as water is the most commonly used base for skin care products.

More than 90% of all skin care products use more water in their formulations than anything else.

It would therefore seem that it is in skin care to cut the costs of manufacturing as water is inexpensive and it is abundant. The vast majority of skincare products are water-based, with the first ingredient listed as water, aqua, purified water, or H2O, combined with other ingredients to make individual products such as moisturizers, exfoliants, cleansers and so forth.

Water is not a great base for a skincare product. Water doesn’t get absorbed through the skin.

Your skin is naturally waterproof.

It is covered by a thin, waxy coating of oil called sebum. Water, and water based products, cannot penetrate this layer. We all know the way to hydrate skin is by drinking fresh pure water & eating fruits & vegetables.  If your skin absorbed water, going swimming would be a nasty proposition – osmotic pressure would cause you to bloat up until your body equalized with the outside environment!

Scientifically speaking, the molecules of water are just too big to be absorbed directly into the skin.

That’s why water is a waste ingredient or filler!

Water seriously limits the effectiveness of a skin care product when it's added to the formulation. Its inclusion also guarantees that some harsh chemicals are going to be needed in the product as well.

Why do creams and lotions contain preservatives?

Skin creams and lotions typically contain somewhere between 50-80% water, which is added to the oils to aid absorption onto the skin. This oil and water mixture is an environment conducive to growth of bacteria and fungi, and preservatives need to be added to the mix in concentrations sufficient to kill or at least inhibit their growth.

Moisturizers prevent evaporation from the skin, thus keeping it hydrated. When you use a skin care product containing water it contains emulsifiers to blend the oils and water together. These emulsifiers have to continue working in the product to avoid the oil and water separating. When you apply these types of products to your skin, you are breaking down your skins own natural sebum which is an oil produced by the skin to help stop bacteria and germs entering the body via the skin. By stripping this natural barrier away, it also leaves your skin prone to absorbing the other chemicals in the product you have applied and often times you will find that your skin becomes sensitive over time.

How can you safely avoid using preservatives?

Using products that contain no water do not need preservatives. Bacteria and fungi do not grow in a pure oil environment (that’s why you don’t need preservatives in olive oil, or 100% butter).

The disadvantage? You need to wait a little longer for them to be absorbed, usually around 5 minutes or so.

The advantages? You will instantly stop applying potentially harmful preservative on your precious skin every day. What’s more, the moisturiser will go further (remember, standard moisturisers are up to 80% water, which means they may contain as little as 20% moisturising oils) and more of the product and ingredients is actively working on looking after your skin.

While a conventional moisturiser is a mixture of oil and water, these are pure oil, with no added water, and therefore do not need a preservative. Most people take a few days to get used to using them. You will quickly notice a remarkable softness and smoothness to your skin and a healthy glow, with no more flakey, dry spots. Best of all, rest easy in the knowledge that you are not absorbing potentially harmful toxins through your skin.


16 Aug 2012

Article/Information supplied by annette christy

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.