Try saying it quickly, three times.
Or just once 🙂
I have good and bad news.
In skincare, preservatives have always been a “watch out” product. Parabens topping the list of “to avoid”!
As consumer awareness grows, most new-age brands come with a “no parabens” tag. This is a good thing. A step in the right direction. A “like” from Skinity!
But parabens are not the only naughty ingredients making sure your products don’t go past their sell by date too quickly. One of the biggest contact allergy causing ingredient’s – Methylisothiazolinone has finally been banned by the EU from leave-on products and all wet wipes (make-up removing, baby and toilet ones).
Much work is still to be done, as it still (legally) remains in up to 0.01% of rinse-off products, but still, it’s a pretty big step. Let’s hope Brexit follows suit.
Here is why.
Methylisothiazolinone is a widely used preservative found in liquid cosmetic and personal care products as well as in household cleaning products and even paint. Its function is to stop mould producing by binding microbes and preventing bugs from thriving.
The preservative was proven to be highly allergenic, cytotoxic and there are even some indications it may be neurotoxic. The majority of baby wipes/products contain Methylisothiazolinone! That’s why it’s really important to make your purchase decisions on more than just “for babies”, “gentle” or “for sensitive skin”.
So from Sunday, February 12th 2017 onwards, there shouldn’t be one leave-on product with this horrific preservative – that belongs on your wall, not your face – found on the shelves.
But here comes the bad news …
Up until last Saturday, you were still able to buy a product which contained Methylisothiazolinone. As mentioned above it also remains in some rinse-off products (shampoos, conditioners).
If after getting rid of all those “dangerous” products you still face eczema or a skin reaction of any kind, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s caused by your laundry washing powder or fabric softener. Manufacturer’s recommended quantities are generally way too large to be completely rinsed off your clothes during a washing cycle. Some of the harsh ingredients remain in the fabric which may be causing allergic reactions after wearing them.
Do some homework and check your personal care and household products and eliminate all containing this evil little preservative. I promise that this will be another big step towards a healthier skin.
You’re welcome! 🙂