And why would you want to find paraben free skin care products?

Look on the label of so many personal, beauty and skin care products and you’ll see a particular ingredient listed. It’s called Parabens. And there is now a big movement to finding paraben free skin care products and paraben free cosmetics and personal and beauty products.

So lets have a look at what parabens is, or are. And lets see if there are some paraben free skin care products.

Parabens are a class of chemicals used as preservatives. There are many individual parabens and different ones are used for somewhat different purposes, but primarily as preservatives.

They are efficient as bacteriological agents and as fungicidal agents. As preservatives they work against bacteria and fungi. But do you want them in your skin care products?

Parabens are found in a wide range of different personal care products like shampoos, shaving gels, cosmetics, skin care products, toothpastes, pharmaceuticals and much more. Have a look at the label of some of the personal products you’re using now and see if you can see the word parabens listed.

So why do people search for paraben free products including paraben free skin care products? Because parabens are considered by many to be a dangerous chemical, and any product that uses parabens as a preservative should be avoided.

Of course like all these things the big skin care companies and cosmetics and personal and beauty companies tell us that parabens are quite safe, and that they have been used for years. But many are starting to dispute this.

And there are studies suggesting that parabens can indeed be toxic to some people. But always the problem with studies is establishing when something is proven. At what point is it “proven” that parabens are harmful. To what proportion of the population must they be shown to be harmful before they should be removed from products?

One of these studies, for example, found parabens in the breast tissue of 18 out of 20 breast cancer patients studied. It’s only a small sample, and not statistically significant, and doesn’t prove that parabens cause breast cancer. But it’s of concern.

Other studies have suggested that parabens cause allergic skin reactions, interfere with the body’s endocrine system and may cause skin rashes.

Another study suggested that they may have a weak hormonal effect on the body.

One of the problems of using parabens on our skin is that they are readily absorbed into our skin and blood, and can be detected in our blood shortly after use. This is a little scary but again is not definitive proof that they are dangerous to our health. But it’s something to think about.

Clearly there are questions to answer about the role of parabens, there are no definitive answers yet. But the question ought also be asked, why use them if they are under a cloud?

Because there are other alternatives to using parabens as preservatives. The problem is that parabens are cheap, and so the big companies are addicted to their use because of this. It comes down to profit.

There are excellent natural preservatives available, which could replace parabens, but at a higher cost.

That’s why so many people are now searching for paraben free skin care products and paraben free products in general. The can’t be certain that the parabens are dangerous, but would prefer not to find out.

There are excellent paraben free skin care products and paraben free cosmetics available. These products work as well, usually better, than their mainstream counterparts that cling onto the use of parabens.

Until there are large scale definitive studies on the safety or otherwise of the use of parabens in our cosmetics and skin care products the question will remain unanswered. But plenty of people prefer not to take the risk, given that there are excellent parabens free skin care products and parabens free cosmetics available.

By all means research some more yourself. It’s unlikely that you come up with a definitive answer, it comes down to personal preference. Are you comfortable using a product that includes an ingredient with a question mark over it’s safety, or would you prefer to use a safer alternative?

We know what we prefer.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

If you see “Paraben” in your skin care lotions don’t use them.

I’ve talked about the dangerous chemical in skin care products on my page about natural skin care.

Lets have a more in depth look at one of the chemicals you don’t want to find listed in the list of ingredients on the side of the bottle of your skin care cream, or skin care lotion.

Here’s where Wikipedia says you’re likely to find Paraben. “They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, cleansing gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution and toothpaste”.

Now let me be clear here, Parabens have not been proven to be unsafe. However that’s part of the problem. There is doubt either way, and personally I’d prefer to know that a product has been shown clearly to be safe before I used it, whereas because the cosmetics and skin care and anti aging companies don’t need to convince any government body of the safety of their products they can go ahead and use anything regardless, even if it’s suspect.

This is actually a recognised principle, called the Precautionary Principle. Basically it say, paraphrasing, that where something could be harmful to people the burden of proof should lie on those promoting it’s use to show that it’s safe, not the other way round.

And Parabens have not been shown to be safe, and some studies have suggested a link to cancer. Here’s an aticle talking about Parabens in deodorants. It recognises that although they aren’t shown to cause cancer conclusively, there is some doubt about it.
So personally you wouldn’t catch me using anything with Paraben in it. And there’s lots of other stuff in our skincare and personal products as well as Paraben.

It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the risk using it. If there is any risk of cancer I for one won’t take it. And if you need paraben free skin care products they are available.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

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