We hear so much about parabens…well actually what we hear is that ‘paraben-free’ is the only way to go. But is it really? Joanne Recchia, the US owner of the Italian skin care line Kleraderm, weighs in on these cosmetics preservatives.
Parabens the Natural Preservative….
Let’s talk about parabens for a minute since parabens have been the most controversial subject for the last five years. Let me point this out first: all parabens are not created equal.
Plants naturally make parabens which helps the plant stay healthy and free from fungus and bacteria.
Man-made parabens are created from petrochemicals and synthetic substances, and they are very cost efficient for the company using these types of parabens as stabilizers in their products.
Products containing plant-based products parabens will be on the label listing since plants naturally make them. If you have eaten blueberries, carrots, olives, cucumbers and honeysuckle then you have consumed parabens.
When used in products as stabilizer and anti-fungal agents, natural parabens are a safe and healthy alternative to man-made petrochemical parabens.
The European Union has done studies and they have not found any harmful links between humans and natural parabens. Less than 2% natural parabens per vat is all that is needed to secure the product from bacteria and fungus.
Kleraderm lists parabens as the last ingredients on the label listing; this is because during the process of extracting fibers and active ingredients from the plant most of the parabens are then spun out, leaving only enough parabens to keep the product safe and clean. Being that Kleraderm is packaged in the European Union it is the law to list every ingredient the product has been in contact with during the time of its development, even if the ingredient is no longer present.
Some natural and organic products that are ‘paraben-free’ many times have high volume of mold spores present that are not visible to the naked eye.
So you must ask yourself this question when viewing products that claim they are paraben-free: What has taken the place of parabens to secure the product from mold and bacteria?
Sometimes the replacement stabilizer can be more hurtful than helpful. – Joanne Recchia
Kleraderm Advanced Skin Care of Italy is known as “one of the best kept secrets in skin care.” Kleraderm is famous for its happy customers who are all very committed to the line and very loyal.