Our skin is our bodies first line of defence. Healthy skin can protect us from external pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, environmental stress and even mould. Because our skin is constantly exposed to the outside world, it works as a barrier to protect our more fragile organs, and houses a unique ecosystem of microorganisms in order to do the protecting. This, is essentially where the skin microbiome comes in. The skin microbiome is paramount to skin health. You could be drinking gallons of green juice daily, but if your microbiome is f’d up, your skin health is in the toilet.
One of the ways you can do a number on your microbiome is by using preservatives. A number of studies have shown that the skin’s defences are reduced when cosmetic preservatives such as Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Triclosan and more are applied, which puts the skin at risk of developing skin conditions such as eczema, acne and other forms of dermatitis.
This is annoying because everything needs preservatives to remain safe, right? Not right. The reality, is that everything containing water needs preservatives to stay safe to use, since microorganisms are unable to grow and thrive in water free environments (the bad kind of microorganisms, not the good ones, stay with us here), if water is removed from the equation, so is the risk of bacteria, fungi and mould, and luckily, so is the need for preservatives.
The other good news is that MOTHER is 100% water and, in turn preservative free. We made the decision to cut water out for good because we are obsessed with a healthy microbiome and want you to be, too. The lack of water also accounts for the lack of emulsifiers, stabilizers and thickeners in MOTHER SPF, because we don’t need them either and take up too much unsolicited space.
So, there you have it! At the end of the day, preservatives aren’t going to kill you, but they might do more of a number on your skin’s health than you realise. In the interest of healthy, glowing, can look after it’s MF self-skin, we’re saying good riddance to preservatives.