- Look better and live longer, go Paraben free!
- Stop poisoning yourself with deadly chemicals and preservatives.
- Read labels and become an empowered consumer.
What Are Parabens?
Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup,and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives.
They are becoming increasingly controversial, however, because they have been found in extremely low concentrations in breast cancer tumors (an average of 20 nanograms/g of tissue). Parabens have also displayed the ability to slightly mimic estrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer).No effective direct links between parabens and cancer have been established, however.
Allergic Reactions:In individuals with normal skin, parabens are, for the most part, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Parabens can, however, cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis and rosacea in individuals with paraben allergies, a small percentage of the general population
Breast Cancer:Average levels of 20 nanograms/gram of parabens have been detected in a small sample of 20 breast tumors.
The lead researcher of the UK study, molecular biologist Philippa Darbre, reported that the ester-bearing form of the parabens found in the tumors indicate that they came from something applied to the skin, such as an underarm deodorant, cream or body spray, and stated that the results helped to explain why up to 60% of all breast tumors are found in just one-fifth of the breast - the upper-outer quadrant, nearest the underarm.
From this research it is not possible to say whether parabens actually caused these tumors, but they may certainly be associated with the overall rise in breast cancer cases. Given that breast cancer is a large killer of women and a very high percentage of young women use underarm deodorants.
A 2004 study at Northwestern University found that an earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis related to more frequent use of antiperspirants/deodorants and underarm shaving."I personally feel there is a very strong correlation between the underarm hygiene habits and breast cancer," said immunologist Dr. Kris McGrath, the author of the study.This research has fueled a popular belief that the parabens in underarm deodorants and other cosmetics can migrate into breast tissue and contribute to the development of tumors.
No direct evidence of a causal link between parabens and cancer, however, has been shown.
Sun Exposure:Studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin may react with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.
Regulation:The European Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) stated in 2006 that the available data on parabens do not enable a decisive response to the question of whether propyl, butyl and isobutyl paraben can be safely used in cosmetic products at individual concentrations up to 0.4%, which is the allowed limit in the EU.
I am sure to be on the safer side all of you would like to purchase paraben free cosmetics from now on. Scientists have claimed that parabens in cosmetics can be a cause of breast tumour and can also increase aging!
How to Find Paraben-Free Products?Parabens are chemicals often used in body care products and cosmetics for their preservative and antimicrobial benefits and are deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Check the label of your current moisturizer. Look for any ingredients like propylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben, which are commonly used parabens. Check the Internet or check with the FDA for other paraben names.
- Understand that companies say they use some form of parabens to prevent bacterial and fungal contamination. Many don't consider it harmful and have no qualms about adding it to their ingredients label. However, there is also evidence that parabens may disrupt the body's hormone systems by duplicating the effects of estrogen. These "preservatives" are in our salad dressing, mustard, mayonnaise, jam, soft drinks, candy and more.
- In case of cosmetics check the labels for these terms: Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Methyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Ethyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Butyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid, Parahydroxybenzoic acid and Parahydroxybenzoate. They are all forms of parabens. If possible, get rid of everything in your house with those ingredients.
- Start buying paraben-free products. The Internet is a vast resource for the consumer who wants safe, chemical-free products and food items.
- paraben Don't be misled by the front label. Among the ingredients, printed in small letters at the bottom of the back label is where you will find the parabens family.
- Go online and search for paraben-free. Usually, if a product is paraben-free the manufacturer will say so, but check the ingredients list and product description just in case.
- Be educated. Household cleaning products aren't required to disclose ingredients unless they contain antimicrobial pesticides, like disinfectants. Makers of cosmetics are required to list their ingredients unless it is fragrance and that is exempt as a "trade secret."
- Read product reviews from other customers before you buy to find the right moisturizer for you
- Stop by your local Whole Foods or health food store to find paraben-free moisturizer. Most will have a body care section with a decent selection. Or, check with your local drugstore or department store and ask about paraben-free options.
- Try different paraben-free moisturizers until you find the right one for your skin. Look for paraben-free body lotions with lots of shea butter and paraben-free facial moisturizers with sunscreen built right in. Become part of the solution. There is food out there that is 100 percent organic actives and free of parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, preservatives and other additives. Parabens have been replaced with grapefruit seed extract and Vitamin E in many cosmetics and essential oils like cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon and tea tree are being distilled and turned into natural preservatives.
Paraben Free & Cruelty Free Cosmetics Guide:
- Inglot Cosmetics - Paraben free, DBP free.
- Coastalclassiccreations - Paraben free cosmetics.
Revlon Cosmetics Oil-free, fragrance free, talc free and paraben free.(Not Cruelty Free)
- Afterglow Cosmetics - 100% Vegan, Paraben free,talc free, fragrance free.
- Stript Cosmetics - 100% Vegan, Paraben free,talc free, fragrance free.
- Lass Naturals - 100% Vegan,Phthalates free, Paraben free, Perfume free,colourants free, Authentic Ayurveda.
- Khadi Natural -100% Vegetarian, Paraben free shampoo only.
- Ecobeauty by Oriflame - Paraben free.
- Biotique Botanicals - 100% Vegan, Preservative free,Paraben free & Chemical free.
- Lotus Herbals PHYTO-Rx™Range Only - 100% Vegan, Preservative free,Paraben free,Chemical free, Artifical fragnance or colour free.
- Forest Essentials - 100% Vegan, Paraben free.
- Tatthastu - Paraben Free, Sulphate free.
- Organique by Himalaya - 100% Vegan, Paraben free, Sulphate free.
- Shahnaz Hussain - Ayurveda, Paraben free and Chemical free
- The Nature's Co - 100%Vegan, Paraben free, Sulphate free, chemical free
- Kama Ayurveda - 100% Vegan, Authentic Ayurveda, Paraben free, chemical free, petrochemicals free
- Herbally Radiant - Paraben free organics
- Ecobeauty range from Oriflame cosmetics: - Free from Paraben's, chemical free,silicone, mineral oils and synthetic fragnances.
- Kiss My Face - 100% Vegan, Paraben free, Chemicals free.
- Seba Med - Paraben free, Harsh chemicals free.
- Dr.Organic - 100% Vegan, Paraben free, Harsh chemicals free.
- Jane irdale Mineral Makeup - Paraben free.
- Suparna Trikha Herbs Pvt Ltd - 100% Vegan, Authentic Ayurveda, Preservative free.
- Dead Sea Cosmetics (Isreal) - 100% Vegan, Paraben free.
- Avalon Organics - 100% Vegan, Paraben free, synthetic fragrance free,Phthaletes free
- Vapour Organic Beauty - 100% Vegan, paraben free, they have received a leaping bunny logo from PETA.
- Organic Surge - 100% Vegan, Paraben free & Chemicals free.
- Organic Wear Makeup - 100% Vegan, Paraben free, Harsh chemicals free
- Physicians formula - Paraben Free, Fragnance free, Harsh Chemical free
- Revolution Cosmetics - 100% Vegan, Paraben free, fragrance free, petrochemicals free
- Aubrey Organics - 100% Vegan,Paraben free,they have received the leaping bunny logo from PETA.
- Burts & Bees - 100% Naturals,Paraben free
- Hawaiin Beauty Products - 100% Naturals,Paraben free
- Jason Natural Organics - 100% Natural, Paraben free
- Earth's Best - Organic Sunblock 100% organic, Paraben free
- Ecco Bella - Vegan, Paraben free
- Obsessively Organic- 100% Vegan, Paraben free, Chemicals free.
- H2O Plus - Paraben free.
- Alba Botanica - Paraben free.
- Tarte Cosmetics - Paraben free.
- Korres (Greece) - Natual Products, Paraben free.
- Bare essentuals - Paraben free.
- Pur Minerals - Paraben Free.
- Bio Elements - Paraben Free, Natural Ingredients
- Origins Makeup - Paraben free, Natural ingredients
- Sonya Cosmetics by Forever Living Products - Paraben free, Chemical free
You can also visit the link ---> http://safecosmetics.org
or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_for_Safe_Cosmetics to know more.
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I am not asking you to throw your cosmetics with parabens away! but yes, they are harsh chemicals and continuous usage can harm sensitive skin. Look out for the ingredient's before you buy any product in future!
In case of cosmetics and moisturisers check the labels for these terms: