GMOs and preservatives: we hear a lot about them, mainly when it comes to our food. However, every day we use: shampoo, cream, shower gel, soap, cosmetics … what about their composition? Do GMOs like preservatives have an impact on our skin? We will enlighten you on its substances and their potential risks on the skin.

GMOs in cosmetic products

GMOs are living organisms whose genetic material has been altered. This change is due to the addition of one or more foreign genes. In agriculture, plants are modified to resist insects and certain diseases.

But these plants which are modified, and which from year to year continue to be modified, are found one day in our cosmetics. Plants, like other plants, are a major part of the composition of cosmetics: soybeans, corn, cotton and rapeseed are overwhelmingly part of them.

Detecting the presence of GMOs on your beauty products is not easy and is, of course, not listed in bulk. However, some products are labeled “GMO free” and some organic certification labels guarantee their products GMO free.

Find harmful preservatives for your skin

Preservatives in cosmetic products are often used to ensure product stability. However, synthetic preservatives pose serious health risks. Here are the chemical preservatives to look for in the list of ingredients:

  • Parabens or parabens : this synthetic preservative Paraoxybenzoate is used in a large majority of NON organic cosmetic products. With this component, it is its size that defines its effectiveness, but the more effective it is, the more harmful it is.
  • Triclosan : this antibacterial is also found to be an endocrine disruptor which has an impact on the thyroid.
  • Cetrimomium bromide : it is often used to preserve cleaning products: micellar water for example, it is a known allergen.
  • Methylisothiazolinone : it is found most of the time in shampoo, shower gel, skin cream or baby wipes, it has a strong irritant power, in addition to preserving …
  • Formaldehyde : Formaldehyde liberators slowly produce formaldehyde as a gas. It is classified as being an allergen. Adverse effects of this product may be caused by inhalation and direct contact with skin or eyes.
  • Phenoxyethanol : One of the most harmful on this list. However, it is often present in NON organic cosmetic products. Keep an eye out for yourself or baby.

What are the impacts of GMOs and preservatives on the skin?

The application of cosmetic products made from GMOs and / or chemical preservatives have significant impacts on your skin. The first is the significant risks of allergies linked to its substances. Some can be pungent skin irritants, causing your skin to become dry and severely damaged.

Others are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. These risks are visible over the long term, but adopting the right products with safe components is essential. We can only advise you to check your cosmetic products and to avoid any ambiguity, organic and local products remain rather safe values!

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