Artificial ingredients such as parabens, which are used to prolong the shelf-life of a skin care product, have been linked to hormone and fertility damage.
Formaldehyde, also used as a preservative in skin care products, is a known carcinogen. Formaldehyde is also an additive used on some clothing to prevent wrinkles and stains. Now a small company outside of Boston aims to lead to an effort to replace artificial chemicals with natural silk protein in both skin care products and textiles.
The process of activating the silk requires nothing more than salt, water and heat, no added chemicals.Inside the laboratory, the cocoons spun from silkworms are washed to remove its natural sticky outer coating, dried, and dissolved in salt water.
Activated silk is not only good for your body, it’s also good for the planet because toxic chemicals are not washed into the water supply, Lacouture added.