FANCL: Why "No Preservatives" Means Better Skincare—The "Less Is More" Ethos


March 23, 2018 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

Find out why the Japanese skincare brand champions a “less is more” ethos, and what it really means

Rallying to the Company’s founding philosophy, FANCL has worked diligently to achieve “No Preservatives” in all of its products. Looking back more than 38 years ago, the harm caused by cosmetics and skincare products was a major social issue. Preservatives were widely used to prevent skincare products from spoiling, and these preservatives and other harmful additives were causing damage to women’s skin.

FANCL aimed to break from tradition, striving to develop safe and effective skincare products. Considerable effort was made to develop “No Preservative” skincare, opening up new horizons for the beauty industry.

Skin is the body’s largest organ, and preservatives and other additives in cosmetics and skincare products penetrate and accumulate in the skin through the daily application. Essays published by international associations show that preservatives could potentially cause various skin problems and ultimately cause premature ageing of the skin. 1, 2, 3 

1. Effects of methyl paraben on skin keratinocytes. J Appl Toxicol. 2007; 27: 1-9.

2. Influence of methyl paraben on human skin. International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) 2005, Florence, Italy 

3. FANCL Research Institute

With over 190 veteran researchers, FANCL Research Institute looks into cells and DNA for the development of its high-performance product collection. The researchers also explore anti-bacteria ingredients and apply product preservation methods in the production. Their achievements are a series of high performance, pure and safe products.

Skincare products are most effective when they are fresh, yet most products in the market are packaged in large containers, which lose nutrients and effectiveness over time as they oxidize. FANCL products solves this problem with smaller packaging. When used as advised, customers will finish the product within an optimal timeline to ensure that the products remain fresh and pure from the day of opening right up to the last drop.

While sealed packaging is uncommon for most skincare products on the market, FANCL uses this unique approach to maintain its products’ freshness. FANCL skincare products are produced on a closed, fully automated, hygienic production line and immediately sealed after filling to ensure that consumers receive the product in perfect condition. FANCL’s hermetically sealed container design has been awarded with a Japanese patent (no#3978224).

Take FANCL Lotion or Emulsion for example; it is opened only when you hear a “click” sound as you turn the cap tight after removing the silver seal. The design ensures that each drop of nutrients is at its peak of freshness and pollutant free.

Rather than having ambiguous labels, FANCL clearly marks the production year, month and day on the packaging to avoid confusion. Without using any preservatives and bactericides, FANCL ensures all nutrients of its products are the freshest, purest and most active within the period by using preservative technology and small size bottles.

To achieve ultimate freshness without using preservatives, apart from the choice of ingredients and formulation during the research and development stage, the production facilities that guarantees highest quality is also vital.

In Japan, FANCL has a factory which meets stringent production management standards and has obtained Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification to ensure the entire production process meets FANCL’s meticulous standards. This one-of-a-kind process also sets FANCL as a pioneer in the beauty industry, moving towards “less” preservatives and harmful chemicals for “more” long-lasting beauty.

FANCL Hong Kong Store Locations:

FANCL Nan Fung Place, Shop G4, G/F Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan

FANCL Times Square, Shop B226, Basement 2, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

FANCL Elements, Shop 1091B, Level 1, Elements, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon

FANCL Harbour City, Shop 2349-50, Level 2, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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