In recent years, Parabens have become a skin care buzzword synonymous with bad health. Now more than ever, consumers are steering clear of paraben filled products and moving towards a more natural, safe product that is paraben-free. To understand why Parabens are so bad, you need to understand what they are and how they can affect your skin…
What Is A Paraben?
Parabens are a kind of preservative that has been found in all kinds of self-care products over the last 60 years. They are often used in products to help stop the growth of mold and bacteria as well as extending the shelf life of products. Sometimes, Parabens are even hiding in your products with sneaky names like butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
Why Are They Bad For You?
The presence of Parabens in your products has little to do with your actual skin and more to do with your body as a whole. Because they are often used in products you’re either applying to your skin or you’re ingesting meaning that these parabens are finding their way into your bloodstream.
Parabens have been found in some scary places within the body, like in the tissue of breast cancer. While there has yet to be a direct link between the two, parabens can interfere with your body’s hormones, most notably estrogen. As a result, scientists have studied the chemical’s possible links to breast cancers, developmental disorders, fertility issues, and chronic diseases and find that parabens can attach themselves to healthy tissues. The damage the parabens caused to the tissue is still unknown to some extent.
So What Should You Do?
Because the links between Parabens and illness are still new and not fully backed, don’t go running to your bathroom to toss your products. You want to take note of where in the ingredients list the Paraben is because that will indicate how much of it is actually in the product itself and small amounts should be safe to use.
Our motto is better safe than sorry so we recommend using shampoo, body lotion, and skincare that is paraben free.
Note: All South Beach Skin Lab products are 100% Paraben Free. So you can feel safe using all our products daily to achieve amazing results!
In general, try to avoid this ingredient where you can and make sure to talk to your doctor about the risks of using parabens as part of your daily routine. Make sure you’re reading labels and if your products are containing one or more forms of parabens, you might want to steer clear just to be safe.
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