Parabens can be found in a wide range of personal care products such as shampoos, shave gels and commercial moisturisers. Parabens have been known to mimic the hormone oestrogen and may play a role in the development of breast cancer, although this is controversial, and most of the cosmetics industry maintains that parabens are safe. Parabens are essentially preservatives and help extend the shelf life of cosmetic products. Without parabens, these products can more easily harbour bacteria. Moisturisers will be labelled paraben-free and will have an expiration date.
Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Intense Hydration Night Cream
This moisturiser gives an extra boost of hydration at night. By promoting moisture retention, it helps make skin smooth, soft and firm. This night cream is made of all-natural ingredients like organic carrots, which the company says will protect skin from damaging free radicals; Vitamin E to heal, hydrate and protect skin; and dead sea mud, which is intended to cleanse and hydrate the skin.
Elmiplant Anti-Aging and Firming Night Cream
This reasonably priced night cream has caviar, which, according to the company, is rich in peptides and amino acids and regenerates the skin from the innermost layer. Ceramides restore elasticity and firm skin as they boost cell renewal, the company says. This night moisturiser is popular for its collagen, which helps lift and firm fine lines and wrinkles.
Vichy Liftactiv Derm Source Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Care Night Cream
This new line from Vichy skincare is gaining popularity in France for what the company calls its complete anti-wrinkle and firming action for the skin. Vichy says skin will feel lifted, smoothed and firm, with fewer wrinkles and more radiance. This exclusive formula is enriched with 5 per cent Rhamnose, which is naturally derived and affects the epidermal skin cell layer, according to Vichy.
Lumene Firming Night Cream
This velvety cream helps to fortify the skin during the night. Arctic heather protects the skin's elastin fibre, and plant proteins activate the skin's collagen production, according to the manufacturer. This night cream is popular for skin of all ages from dry to normal/combination.