Recently, many cosmetic companies have chosen to shift to “paraben-free” products. The concern about parabens, a preservative chemical, is that they may link to breast cancer and other health hazards. At this time there is no clear and concise evidence, and the truth is we cannot say exactly what the link is or how parabens fully affect the body. What is known that parabens affect the body differently when absorbed into the skin as opposed to metabolized when ingested naturally from food. Given how widespread and prevalent cosmetic use is (and has been for years) many people feel that it is better to be safe than sorry. Thus, many have been searching for cosmetic preservative alternatives. Here’s the best way for chemical researchers to find those alternatives quickly and easily.
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Why Preservatives are Necessary
The first impulse to a problem such as this would be to take preservatives out of cosmetics altogether. After all, they do not impact the quality of the final product whatsoever. After all, “natural” and “organic” food has become quite popular in the past decade with minimal impact on taste. Unfortunately, while preservatives may not alter the effectiveness of cosmetics, they do contribute to longevity. Without them, cosmetics are susceptible to germs, yeast, and mold, all of which can grow easily in makeup. In order to keep cosmetics viable while minimizing health risk, it is a better choice to search for cosmetic preservative alternatives.
How to Find Cosmetic Preservative Alternatives Quickly
Beyond the possible links to cancer, there are other hazards associated with preservatives absorbed from the skin. These include skin irritation and eye irritation for cosmetics near the eye. To find an alternative to these preservatives, a chemical researcher is only as good as the tools she uses. In this case, that tool is a program like GreenWERCS. GreenWERCS is a chemical hazard assessment tool that offers a “green score” to whatever chemical compound you input. GreenWERCS identifies each element of a compound and gives it a “Green Score.” High scores means the chemical is safe, and a low score means that something needs to be addressed. This process is done entirely by the GreenWERCS software. After GreenWERCS quickly identifies the hazards, you can utilize other tools, such as the Column Model, to find viable alternatives.
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