The preservative debate…

In an ever changing world, we are continually being bombarded with what is good for us and what is not, from what we eat and drink and even to the air we breathe.

This brings me to the recent discussion surrounding "parabens", which acts as a cosmetic preservative. This debate continues; parabens versus natural preservatives...



According to the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Review, a recent study has been published that substantiates claims that parabens may not be as dangerous as previously alleged.

Preservatives have to be included in all types of cosmetics and toiletries; their function being to act against microbes i.e. bacteria, viruses and fungi and to be effective for the anticipated shelf-life of products.

Parabens @ a low dosage do just this and have been proven to be safe and effective.

A cosmetic / toiletry is not only affected by the type of preservative but the fact that these are invariably used on a non-sterile skin which exacerbates deterioration. The maximum life of a cosmetic is essential and will avoid the not too pleasant and toxic signs of a green mould forming on the surface, thinning and/or a cloudy honey rooibosappearance and an emulsion breakdown of oil and water.

MATSIMELA can proudly state that none of these negativities will affect their ranges.

Interesting facts ~

The history of cosmetic use is fascinating and often not enhancing to beauty as desired.

For example during mediaeval times, the level of social status was measured by the whiteness of skin [as against the suntanned appearance of the peasants] with women using hydro-Quinone which is highly toxic. Today this use has been banned in several African countries for its disastrous outcome.

And in 3000 BC the Chinese stained their nails; the royalty using silver and gold.
The lower classes being forbidden to use bright colours!

In ancient Rome, cosmetics were produced by female slaves called Cosmetae, thus the origin of the word, cosmetic.

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