I was chatting with my friend the other night about none other than fashion, latest trends, and the topic of makeup came up, she was filling me in on her recent purchases and how she has strictly changed the way she buys her makeup now. I was really interested in hearing her logic behind her sudden change. I’m not going to lie the thought ran through my head “now she hopping on the organic trend too”? but as she kept explaining to me not only has she made a change in her makeup, she is living the lifestyle to match it. I applauded her on her new decision as I saw she was very serious. Her decision to change her makeup was when she started becoming aware of Parabans. I remember studying them in beauty school. Suddenly, a light bulb went off in my head and I thought to myself: “why not share this knowledge with my fellow viewers?” So today I’m going to bring you a great post on Parabans. If you’re one who is concerned about this topic or just want to be educated stay tuned.
What are Parabans, and why are they used
Parabens are used to make products last longer; their chemical properties make them effective preservatives that keep ingredients fresher for longer. These preservatives kill molds and fungus before they have a chance to spread and damage products. While the “pros” of using Parabens are few, they do dramatically extend the shelf life and efficacy of many beauty and health care items; they keep products from spoiling on store shelves or going bad in home medicine cabinets or drawers.
Without preservatives, products may spoil (or lose some of their effectiveness) before they are all used up, and these means wastage and higher bills for sundry replacement items. People who are committed to living “Paraben-free” will probably need to spend more money for specialized products that are organic (and labelled as containing “no Parabens”). If money is no object, it should be easy to stay away from these controversial chemicals; however, for everyday people with average incomes, avoiding Parabens (which are in so many mass-produced, affordable products) may be tough indeed.
SO YOU MAY BE ASKING WHATS THE BIG DEAL?
Ok, so there were some studies that have been done which have shown that parabens mimic estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancer!. There are differing views on this subject from a range of medical researchers. Since Parabens are commonly present in many items that are specifically marketed to females (such as makeup items, cleansers, and shampoos), many females are appalled to learn that they have been putting Parabens on (and in) their bodies for years.
Want to know if your products contains parabens? Here are some steps to take:
1. Look on the label for the following ingredients: methylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben, or butylparaben.
2. Find out which company makes the product you use. See if it has an ingredient list available on the product itself or on its web site. If a company is not forthcoming with the information you seek, you may want to purchase your products from another company.
3. Try e-mailing or calling the company and asking if your product contains parabens.
Safe and Effective Preservatives
Look for grapeseed extract, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, tocopherol (vitamin E), vitamin A (retinyl), and vitamin C (ascorbic acid); these are the safest preservatives that seem to cause the least irritation and have the fewest allergic reactions.
SOME POPULAR PARABEN-FREE COMPANIES AND PRODUCTS.
- Aubrey Organics,
- Dr. Hauschka
- Eminence Organic skin Care
- Burt’s Bees
- Iredale Mineral Cosmetics
- Juice Beauty
- Pangea Organics
- Organic Wear
- Sally Hansen Natural Beauty
- Kiss My Face Balancing Act Facial Toner
- Stila Smudge Proof Stick Eyeliner
- Kiss My Face Active Light Green Tea Deodorant
- Stila Coming Clean Revitalizing Gel Cleanser
- Tarte “Lights, Camera, Lashes!” Mascar
- Eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
- Tarte Smooth Operator Natural Tinted Moisturizer
This post wasn’t intended to scare anyone, it’s just to raise awareness so as women we can beat the fight of breast cancer. Are you going to be changing into a paraban free lifestyle? or do you already have one let me know below!