Parabens Free Cosmetics-To Be Or Not To Be Parabens Free?
Today there are many thriving natural cosmetics businesses due to the growing number of people who understand the potential dangers of parabens and other substances. On the other hand there are also plenty of people who have no concerns or interest in knowing more about parabens, and others who don’t know the name even.
Are they dangerous or is it all hype? Firstly let’s look at what are parabens. Parabens are used by manufacturers to maintain freshness in cosmetics but also in food, and come from the family of esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid.
So why do so many people dispute over them? Well, the fact is that parabens penetrate the skin and enter the blood within minutes after being applied on your skin; because of this many people believe that they cause harmful effects to the body. There are now cosmetics that are parabens free available on the market such as the Abahna range and numerous other choices. These are used by people who know of the danger of parabens and want to stay healthy.
One study that they did was test twenty breast cancer patients to see what they would find; out of the 20 patients 18 were found to have parabens in their breast issue. However, this did not clarify the fact that the parabens were harmful in anyway, so more studies are being done.
When using anti-perspirants parabens are able to enter your body. The part that leaves many people wondering is that they are not broken down by the digestive system, so it is hard to tell the effect that they will have on the body.
In addition to this, numerous tests have shown that the parabens are copying your body’s hormones which can greatly disrupt your bodily functions which make the negative possibilities never-ending.
Mature aging in your skin has been traced back to a member of the parabens group called, methylparaben. A test was done in Japan on some cosmetic products that showed that the cosmetics caused the skin to age greatly when it was exposed to sunlight; this is a bad sign as this compound is found in many anti-aging creams.
Food also comes in the picture are parabens are used in foods as well as cosmetics. The most common use of it is in coloring to add flavours to the food. Parabens come about usually in prunes, cinnamon and blueberries; however they are made unnaturally for commercial use and herein lies the danger. This compound is also found in toothpaste, deo, shampoo, face washes, and tons of everyday products. The most common parabens that are used every day are methyl, ethylparaben, propylp, isobutyl, butyl, and benzylparaben.
The question that lingers in peoples’ minds is, do manufacturers really need to use parabens in their products? Some cosmetic companies say yes, while others say no. instead of parabens they use tinctures, made from high quality herbs and natural grain alcohol, which lasts for about two or three years.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has made good progress in phasing out chemicals that are known to harm your body like, carcinogens, reproduced toxins or mutagens. These chemicals have been banned from use since 2003. In America a campaign has started that asked different cosmetic companies around the United States to sign a “Compact for the Global Manufacturing of better Health and Beauty Products”. Sadly not very many people have signed this.
This article has been written to make you more aware of the dangers of parabens, but the choice is up to you, you must decide what is best for your body and whether you want to be parabens free.
If you wish to try a range of parabens free cosmetics, MadMolly is very proud to stock Abahna, which includes body lotions, travel essentials and even a beautiful set to make your own bathing preparations.