Paraben-Free Beauty Products For Me Time
In a world where we’re increasingly conscious of what we’re putting on our skin, it’s no surprise that we would want to know exactly what’s going into our skincare and haircare products. But which product ingredients are good and which are bad? Let’s face it (pardon the pun), you don’t need to be a dermatologist to know the answer to that one. Anyone who’s skincare-aware will acknowledge one of the biggest names on the nasties list: parabens.
Been boycotting parabens but no idea what they actually are? As it turns out not all beauty products are good for your skin or hair. Parabens are a type of preservative, first introduced in the 1950s. Used to prolong shelf life in many health and beauty products, they prevent the growth of mould and bacteria within them. Not so bad, right? Wrong.
Parabens allow products to survive for months, even years, however when you use these products, they can also enter your body through your skin. In 2004, a British study found traces of five parabens in the breast tissue of 19 out of 20 women studied. The study didn’t prove that parabens can cause cancer but identified that the parabens were able to penetrate the skin and remain within the tissue. Parabens are believed to disrupt hormone function by mimicking oestrogen. Too much oestrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumours, which is why paraben use has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.
So, how do you go about avoiding them? Unfortunately, it’s not just a case of looking for ‘CONTAINS PARABENS’ on brand packaging. When it comes to studying the label of your fave beauty products, the names to look out for are butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben aka the most commonly found parabens.