What are parabens? They are synthetically produced chemicals used as preservatives in commercial products like cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and as food additives. They are a low cost way to combat bacteria and fungi. Parabens are a controversial subject. The risk of multiple paraben exposure needs further study. Parabens can mimic estrogen in the body. They are known endocrine system disruptors. Overall, there really is not a consensus whether parabens are safe or not.
ALLERGIES: Usually parabens are non-irritating for skin but not in all cases. They can cause skin irritation, rosacea and contact dermatitis in some people.
SKIN AGING: Parabens are absorbed through skin contact. Studies indicate methylparaben applied to skin can react with UVB sun rays increasing skin aging and damaging DNA.
ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS: Most cosmetic industries believe parabens are safe based on long term use and safety record in scientific studies. Although, the public believes further research is necessary due to the fact that parabens may disrupt the endocrine system. Instead, natural alternatives to parabens are more popular today. Grapefruit seed extract, fermented radish root and rosemary oleoresin extract are being studied further as natural preservatives, instead of synthetic parabens. The most common parabens found in cosmetics are: methylparabens, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben.
FAQ: PARABENS and BREAST CANCER (by Web MD)
A lot of industries use the term “paraben free” on their products due to public demand. The question you should ask yourself, though, is “What has replaced parabens?” In some cases, manufacturers have just replaced parabens with another synthetically made preservative.
To avoid parabens, use products that are plant derived and organic. Look for the authentic USDA organic seal of approval. Not all “natural” and “organic” products are made equal. Further study is needed to research parabens and true “natural” alternatives.
Research cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, deodorants, soaps, toothpastes, foods and many other products in which parabens are found. Remember, the paraben content in products may be extremely small and approved by the FDA but the repeated, long term, use is what stirs public controversy and causes for concern.
HOMEMADE SKIN CARE TIPS and MORE
- Maintain better health from the inside out: Eat antioxidant foods or antioxidant drinks. Combat free radicals that cause skin aging.
- Avoid harsh chemicals in cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, lotions, creams, sunscreens, etc… The skin is the largest organ of the body. It absorbs chemicals into the body.
- Discover benefits of drinking water. Water replenishes skin tissue, moisturizes, increases skin elasticity, flushes out toxins, improves blood circulation, increases energy and helps provide a radiant complexion.
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