Ingredients 101: Parabens

Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben – otherwise known as “Parabens”

What are they?

Parabens are a widely used group of toxic, low-cost, synthetic chemical preservatives + anti-bacterial agents used in the beauty + pharmaceutical industries which can extend the shelf-life of a cosmetic product for up to 10 years.

What are they in?

Everything.

What’s the problem?

May alter hormone levels, possibly increasing risk for certain types of cancer, impaired fertility, or alteration of the development of a fetus or young child; studies have found parabens in breast tumors; probable skin toxicant; animal studies show brain and nervous system effects. Also linked to an estrogenic effect from continued use. It is a medical fact that estrogen stimulates breast cancer + anything absorbed through the skin, may be as high as 10 times the concentration of an oral dose.

Are they necessary?

No. Avoid these beauty-baddies like the plague! While natural counterparts may not preserve products as long, healthier alternatives do exist. To name a few, try products preserved with natural Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol), Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary Oil or Grapefruit Seed Extract (depending on the source) instead.

How to avoid them?

Buy “waterless” products; if there’s water in the ingredient list – it needs a preservative. Find carefully curated, clean beauty recommendations without this ingredient on The Glamorganic Godddess.

 

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