Asian bacteriostatic skin care line hits the US

By Simon Pitman

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags Skin care Cosmetics

The quest for cosmetic and personal care products that are
natural-based and free of harsh chemical preservatives has led one
cosmetic start-up to develop a line of skin care products that uses
bacteriostatic water as a preservative alternative.

Bacteriostatic is produced by boiling normal water to produce a primary water, then filtering it to produce a secondary bacteria-free water, then exposing it to oxygen gas to create the bacteriostatic water. In recent years it has been used in medical care as a means of intravenously injecting drugs in sterile manner.

Principally the bacteriostatic properties inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria without killing them, acting in much the same way as antibiotic. In turn the bacteriostatic water when added to cosmetic formulation can also inhibit the growth of bacteria that attacks and proliferates in personal care products, acting as an effective preservative, helping to lengthen shelf life.

Now this technology could start appearing in cosmetics formulations, lauded as an alternative means of preventing the spoiling of a variety of personal care products.

According to Deborah Rook, CEO of the US-based wellness and health care company Deb Bee's Blessing, a line of skin care products has already been launched in Asia incorporating bacteiostatic water, and she claims that the line is now being readied for launch onto the Northern American market in March.

Rook says that the skin care system is being launched as an answer to the damaging effects parabens can have in personal care formulations. The paraben family, which includes methyl-, ethyl- and propyl-parabens are commonly used in a wide variety of skin care lines.

The new skin care line was developed on the back of scientific evidence that a number of chemicals in the paraben family have been linked to negative effects on the skin as well as being the cause of serious secondary illnesses.

Rook says that these preservatives have been linked to causing premature aging of the skin, citing a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology that links such preservatives with breast cancer.

"For years I've been using products to moisturize, nourish and condition my skin only to find that most of these products can do more harm than good. Now, there's finally a skin care available that may have solved this problem by using bacteriostatic water which is bacteria free,"​ said Rook, a leading skin care specialist.

"Bacteriostatic water is a breakthrough technology that allows the delivery of time sensitive products in a bacteria free environment."

Rook set up her distribution business 3 years ago and has been supplying a number of health and specialty products in the health and wellness category to whole sale businesses on a global scale.

She believes that the new skin care line could prove a dramatic turn for the industry, showing how a more alternative approach can provide an equally effective but far more natural approach to preservation.

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