No Preservatives - but will it go off?
At Zing we want your skin to not just feel okay but feel utterly fabulous.
It's my view that anhydrous (water free) products are absolutely the best for moisturising, nourishing and protecting the skin. This is because they work in harmony with the skin, particularly if the highest quality organic ingredients are used as is the case with Zing Organics. This type of product is sebum balancing and sometimes those with acne/oily skin need to suspend disbelief and try an entirely oil/wax/butter based product to see how it can balance out the skin sebum and indeed close pores over. Most acne medication works by ceasing oil production and delivering antibiotic function to kill off bacteria. This can have a devastating long term effect on the skin as it can compromise the natural protective acid mantle of the skin and disrupt the healthy skin bacteria, leaving the skin prone to further infection. However you should always seek a proper diagnosis and the advice of your medical professional who knows you best.
I believe resolutely that an effective anti ageing function can only be delivered by using water free formulae as described above that incorporates wax of some form or another to hold the moisturising oils/butters etc deep down in the skin layers. All Zing Organics Facial Serums, The Cleansing Masque the Body Oils and the Hand and Body Butter contain some form of Certified Organic wax be it Beeswax or Jojoba oil which is in fact a liquid wax.
Most skincare brands use water and oil emulsions as cleansers, moisturisers and body lotions. This type of product in my view cannot properly penetrate the skin layers to deliver an anti ageing function. A water and oil emulsion slithers around the surface of the skin and frankly you have to use considerably more of such a product as only 30% of it typically contains oils waxes or butters. A water an oil emulsion also requires a preservative of one type or another and my experience is that generally preservatives are at best drying and to sensitive skin types often cause an allergic reaction. The beauty industry standard preservative used to be parabens. The consumer is more clued up now and knows that very many parabens have been shown to be carcinogenic, so they avoid this type of ingredient. However the key beauty industry preservative is now phenoxyethanol - the safety data document for this ingredient declares it has the potential to be a skin, eye and lung irritant. Nearly every time a customer comes into my workshop and tells me they've had an allergic reaction to a skincare product from another brand - no matter the cult following or price point - it will be shown to contain this ingredient. Many natural preservatives also dry and irritate sensitive skins. Industrial preservatives in their creation or disposal also have a negative knock on effect on our fragile eco system. So ensuring you use a synthetics free skincare brand is also a nod to respecting your environment.
So the next question that arises is 'Well if you don't use a preservative in your products, won't they go off?. The answer is no. Our products are lab assessed for safety by a leading cosmetic chartered chemist and one of the key things they are very strict on is product stability. 'The products is anhydrous and does not support microbial growth under normal storage conditions.'
Further ' In general an anhydrous product can be described as nominally stable for 30 months.' Also 'even if the oils/components oxidise slightly over time, this doesn't affect the safety and function of the product - this is the definition given specifically by the regulations.'
To minimise any chance of bacterial build up we advise our customers avoid leaving the product with the lid or cap off in a steamy atmosphere such as a shower cubicle or in a sauna. If you are unlucky enough to drop a balm, serum or a body oil in the bath with the lid or cap off then you need to be aware that bacteria will start to build up quite quickly in the product. On the very rare occasion that this occurs if you are a regular customer please be in touch to see how we can assist. In dispensing the small measures required of the very long lasting Eco Marine Algae Facial Cleansing Masque and our Fabacado Hand and Body Butter, we strongly suggest using the mini eco wooden spatulas provided, as sticking your fingers into the product has the potential to introduce trace amounts of water that can cause bacterial build up.
So in summary we consider our products are vastly safer, more effective, longer lasting and better for the environment than the vast majority of 'natural' skincare brand's products available on the market place especially those owned by the 7 key conglomerates. Check the ingredients in your product and if the brand only discusses 'key ingredients' or 'active ingredients' rather than providing a full list of ingredients on a web site, we'd urge caution. Why wouldn't they want to list all the ingredients? If you want to know if the brand you are considering is owned by one of the conglomerates, simply Google 'Who owns La Mer?' for instance and you'll find out more about the general ethos of a brand straight away. In the example given, La Mer is owned by Estee Lauder.
By the way, Zing Organics is owned by me, Kirsty Morrison.