Parabens are well-tolerated particularly effective preservatives. This is why they are most frequently used worldwide, not only in protecting cosmetics but also in household products, pharmaceuticals and foods. Parabens have been used like this for over 80 years. NIVEA uses parabens in around 30 per cent of its products range, primarily in body care, sun protection and face care products. Like all ingredients used by NIVEA, they are added only where it makes sense. The classic NIVEA Creme, for example, does not usually need any preservatives as its oily recipe protects it naturally from bacteria and mould.