What are parabens? There has been recent concern about the safety of parabens as they are the most frequently used preservative in skin care products today What are the safety concerns associated with parabens? Safety concerns over parabens arose because they mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors. Are there any safe preservatives? March 09, 2017 Providing safe products that consumers can use with confidence requires preservatives. However, the concept of preservation is not unique to skin care products. Is it worthwhile to advise patients to purchase paraben-free products? Many skin care products are now advertising the “paraben-free” claim, however the parabens must be replaced with another preservative. What are natural skin care products? Are they preservative-free? No one is really sure what constitutes a natural skin care product, since all ingredients are natural to the earth! How can moisturizers improve the appearance of aging hands? Hand moisturization is difficult to accomplish because the hands are washed more frequently than any other body part, thus experiencing both chemical and physical trauma. What can be done for fingernail ridges? "While there is little that can be done from a medical perspective to improve the ridges, cosmetic improvement is possible," says Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D. How can hand bruising be prevented? Senile purpura on the hands and arms is a common problem seen in elderly patients. Can contact lens wearers safely use mascara? Female contact lens wearers commonly wish to use mascara. Mascara is actually the biggest selling colored cosmetic, but can cause problems as it flakes into the eye How should you apply cosmetics to avoid problems with extended-wear soft contact lenses? December 12, 2016 Contact lenses are being worn by increasing numbers of females who also desire to wear cosmetics. This can be a challenge as cosmetics can cloud, discolor, and destroy the newer water-holding oxygen-permeable contact lenses.