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When it comes to skin care products formulated with minerals, as in [Link Removed] are preservatives important? Lately I've been observing a shift in how my customers approach personal care products: makeup and skin care items are often considered part of a health-conscious strategy aimed at preventing and minimizing skin damage. For this reason, many individuals are wary of cosmetic ingredients, including the preservatives commonly used to keep products fresh, free of spoilage and blended to the right consistency.

I am often asked about products that support the health of skin, and a powdered mineral sunscreen like [Link Removed] that also provide broad-spectrum sun protection.

And yet it's wrong to assume that mineral products require no [Link Removed] Many people are looking for a preservative-free product, but this choice not only diminishes the shelf life and therefore the dollar value of the product, but also poses health risks to clients.

What health risks? Well, we all want our skin to be clean, but as skin professionals know, "clean" is a relative term. The human body, and in particular human skin, is a teeming microbial zoo. Experts currently recognize at least 182 species of bacteria as common residents of human skin. Most of these are benign, but if they are introduced to your face cream or makeup, they quickly multiply unless checked by some preservative factor.

There are things you can do to minimize the risk of bacterial growth in your favorite products.

1.If you are concerned about preservatives, opt for mineral products. Because they contain no moisture, they are a less ideal environment for bacteria to thrive and can therefore be formulated with fewer preservatives. [Link Removed] 

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