Parabens is one of many chemicals used in beauty products that I have decided to blog about. Clients often ask me if a particular foundation or cream used on a daily basis is good for their skin. I am always willing to give them my opinion, but it is not for me to decide if they should or should not be using it. I believe it should be your decision! I hope these blogs will make you more aware of chemicals that are present in many beauty products that could be harmful for your body. If any of you have any further questions regarding these blogs please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
By now you have probably heard about parabens, they are used in every category of cosmetics. They are a cheap and effective way to extend the shelf life of products. They stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom.Their names are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. You’ll find them listed on thousands of personal care products such as shampoos, mascara, foundations and body lotions. The question is why should we avoid them in our beauty products and are they really harmful to us?
- One study showed that parabens could age the skin when it is exposed to UV light.
- Parabens can cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis and rosacea in individuals with paraben allergies.
- Parabens can migrate to body tissue. It has been found in breast tumour tissues. We still don’t know if it causes cancer cells to grow. More testing is still needed.
Companies always claim that products have been tested and don’t cause any harm to us. The truth is they have been testing it for a relatively short period of time. Remember, the decision is yours!
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