The Truth Uncovered: Parabens & Your Products
Not all beauty products are created equal. In fact, many of the beauty products available to consumers contain a variety of harmful substances, including parabens.
Parabens. You’ve heard of this pesky ingredient, right? But, do you understand the depth of what parabens are and what they may be doing to your skin and health?
So, what are parabens exactly?
Parabens are used to prolong the shelf life of your product by preventing the growth of mold and bacteria within them.They are commonly found in many health and beauty products on the market today. Parabens have been used since the 1930s and are one of the oldest forms of preservatives used in the beauty industry.
So, what’s the problem then?
Parabens are linked to disruptive hormone function by copycatting estrogen. When too much estrogen is produced, it can trigger an increase in breast cell division and tumor growth. This has linked the use of parabens to both breast cancer and reproductive issues.
We have environmental concerns too.
Parabens negatively impact the environment. When these products are dumped into landfills or down drains, they enter the sewage systems and affect plant and animal life. In fact, parabens have been discovered in marine mammals and may even be linked to decaying coral reefs.
Yet, you still see parabens dominating the market!
When it comes to being safe, parabens are a hot topic for debate. According to FDA regulations, parabens currently used are officially considered safe since cosmetics only use a trace amount of parabens in their formulas.
Why do they continue using parabens? Because they are cheap to mass-market, so you will not see them disappearing off shelves anytime soon! However, there are so many more synthetic-free products hitting shelves that are just as effective. Those products are our hope for healthier skincare. There is no need for us to continuously use artificial ingredients, like parabens, which can cause irritation to sensitive skin and stress to our bodies.
Some of the most common parabens that are a red flag include butylparaben, methylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, polyparaben, isobutylparaben, and propylparaben.
When figuring out if your product contains parabens, you need to dig deeper into the ingredients list—these companies do not just slap a “CONTAINS PARABENS” label on the front of the bottle and call it a day.
Many of the name brands most people are familiar with have products in their beauty and skincare lines that use parabens. Our best advice to you is to:
1. Read labelsand look for any ingredients ending in -paraben.
2. Check for the MADE SAFE sealon products; this will ensure the product is made without parabens and other toxic chemicals linked to health and environmental issues.
75-90% of cosmetics may contain parabens
It’s a staggering number, but with more awareness and perseverance from a community that cares, that number will continue to drop. Popular brands such as Burt’s Bees and Aveda have already completely transformed their brands to adhere to the paraben-free market. This is proof that it is possible to find and use products that will be better for your health and the environment.
But it can be discouraging when parabens are lurking around every turn. Seriously, just go down an aisle at your local drug store! You’ll see exactly what we mean! Everything from lotions and hair color to shampoos, make up, and fragranced products run the risk of containing one of the many -paraben ingredients in them.
Become more aware of what you are allowing your body to be exposed to!
Our society is increasingly aware of what is being put ON and IN our bodies. The skincare and beauty industry is a huge part of this movement. And you can make simple and significant changes at home by simply switching to paraben-free products.
At Clean Beauty Boutique, we do our research and partner with amazing brands that use all-natural, organic ingredients. Brands that ditch the parabens and other toxic chemicals. In fact, not a single product carried or used at the salon has parabens in it.We are passionate about making sure your beauty regime stays clean!