Thursday, February 6, 2014

Parabens.. What are They, and Why Don't You Want Them??

Parabens.. How many us of know what they are, what they do and why they are not good for us? Most of us have no clue about parabens, which are preservatives commonly used in about 85% of beauty products on the market.

Parabens have been used widely because they were considered safe, however in the 1990's they apparently were found to mimic estrogens in the body. According to some studies, distruption in estrogens have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issue. However, conflicting studies report that there is a very weak effect in estrogen effects. It's not to say that a single use will effect you, but easy to agree that a more widely, long term use could potentially put us at risk, as estrogens can be stored in the body.

There is now a growing movement in companies that are not using parabens in cosmetic products. You can also read the label and look out for butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben. While the FDA rates them safe in small amounts, it might be best to either avoid, or at least look for them in the last four ingredients. This indicates that they are used in the smallest amounts.

Here are a few products that do not use parabens:

be Clarked luxury haircare

Burt's Bees Natural products

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