Product preservation is key to safe and long-lasting cosmetics. Preservatives are ingredients designed to protect products, and so the consumer, against contamination by microorganisms during storage and continued use.
Bacteria, yeasts and moulds are always present on our skin, in the air around us and even in the water we drink. These can get into products during normal use. Contamination of products, especially those used around the eyes and on skin, can cause significant problems if the level of contamination is high. Preservatives can prevent these problems by stopping micro-organisms from multiplying in the product.
How much do you know about why preservatives are needed in cosmetics and personal care products?
Cosmetics Europe, the European personal care association, has devised a quiz to highlight the importance of preservatives and help to dispel some common myths. Take the Cosmetics Europe quiz to test your knowledge!