I always have clients asking me what are Paraben’s? so i thought i would share with you what i know..
Paraben’s are a controversial preservative used in cosmetics, they prevent the growth of bacteria and are easily absorbed into the skin.
Paraben’s are controversial because they are suspected of being “Endocrine Disruptors” these are chemicals that can have harmful effects on the body’s endocrine (hormone) system.
Paraben’s can mimic Estrogen and studies have found the presence of paraben’s in tumours both cancerous and non cancerous. This doesn’t mean they caused the tumours and there isn’t a link to prove that they do, but there also isn’t any proof they didn’t.
I think big brands usually try to cash in on women’s fear so “Paraben Free” is something you will see quite often, making paraben’s more sinister than they have actually proved to be.
Doctors do worry about paraben’s having a cumulative effect so if you want to avoid them here is a list of brands that are paraben free:
Bare Minerals* (http://www.bareminerals.co.uk)
Burt’s Bees ()
Dr. Hauschka ()
John Masters Organics ()
Josie Maran Cosmetics ()
Pangea Organics ()
If you ever wondered what Paraben’s were i hope this helped 🙂
- Bare mineral’s used to contain some paraben’s but have discontinued those products, so only buy new stock 😉