Parabens- what are they?

PARABENS – My quick no fuss guide:

You will see this word a lot when looking at products, but we can quickly get confused with what means what. Here’s a brief description of what they are, and something to think about when deciding what to put on your skin and hair.

What: Parabens are used as a preservative in products to make them last longer on the shelf.

What to look for: names like butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben are the ones to notice.

Studies have shown that parabens can penetrate into the skin, and remain inside the tissue. They are then believed to be able to mimic oestrogen and disrupt hormone function. Too much oestrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumours, which is why paraben use has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.

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Studies have also shown that marine animals have been found with traces of parabens inside them too. This has probably come from the use of this products being washed down our sewage systems and into the environment.

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Parabens are of course the cheaper option to use in the production of products, but with the buzz words being used so much in all products these days, just like the term ‘sulphate free’, often companies are greenwashing to come across as natural when in fact they have just used an alternative synthetic product under a different name.

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My advice if you’re looking for a product that really is what it says it is then do your research, speak with a professional, and always listen to your body.

A website I like to use to see what’s really inside my products is they also have an app too!

I hope this has been helpful, thanks for checking by,

Beks x

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