Happy Wednesday to you all! I hope the week is going well and you are being productive♡
Today I decided to talk about another beauty-industry /cosmetic/skincare issue. Parabens.
I think we all can have an idea about Parabens but in case you missed the definition, they are preservatives used in the cosmetic world basically. Through the last decade, its use and real effects have been doubt having the next consequence of not being sure if it is safe or not using beauty products that contains them .
Okay. I am not a scientific person but fortunately (or unfortunately) most of my family members are working in this field in real life and this is why I know everything about Parabens.
First I think it is necessary to talk about why and when became unpopular this ingredient when it is been used for long time not just in the beauty industry. Well, in 2004 there was a document which caused a huge effect in the media, claiming it was risky to use this kind of ingredient in skincare and beauty products because it can cause cancer, most usually breast-cancer. Yep. So all the world went crazy and started looking at their usual products if they contained types of Parabens (i.e, Methylparaben, Propylparaben,Benzylparaben, Isobutylparaben, etc) and this whole craziness opened a new era in the cosmetic area (what I have understood these last ten years is there is a new politics rules according to some people I know who worked for almost 30 years in beauty industry).
Okay, getting back to the scientific discovery what they found is Parabens do imitate the estrogen hormones so that causes an imbalance in our body that can end up provoking breast-cancer. However, the scientific statement was not enough to make sure it was related 100% to breast cancer boom the last years and during the decade of 2000’s different kind of synthetic preservatives have been tested and gone through a rough testing-procedure. This is why I said it opened a new era in the beauty area, cause they were not 100% sure if it is harmful and they still don’t know if it has a big base defending it is absolutely harmful for health .
Moreover, I remember some time ago I was talking to someone who works in a laboratory owned by a big french cosmetic brand and he confessed me they think they are safe enough to use in normal doses and these last six years there has been a revolution using the synthetic ingredients. I asked him if those products who claim to be free of parabens are safe and what they contain cause honestly I didn’t know what they have instead of these kind of synthetic preservatives so what he answered me was ” the truth is the brands that do not use parabens use other kind of synthetic ingredients which are not controlled as often as parabens and do not have a rigurous procedure to pass with flying colors”.
He also has send me some articles and some stats for making up this brief explanation about parabens. Guess what? Last year, in 2016, parabens were only used in 14% , the rest of the percentage reveals other kind of synthetic ingredients that are unknown for most of the cosmetic industry.
Yep. Kind of crazy to think we get paranoid about getting parabens free products, get these kind of products but ignore what they have inside of it. But this is how it works and unfortunately at least most of the countries think they are safe to use topically. We are not talking just about your moisturiser , it is your serum, your make-up, your eye shadows, your shampoos, your conditioners, your dye-hair… lots of things contain things that are unknown for us and claim to be safe for our general health. But who knows what they are and if they are okay to use in our daily lives.
Personally I do not use parabens’ products and I try to buy everything organic and local, if it is possible. However , I know it is impossible to be sure about every single ingredient our cosmetic products have even though they are in 80% natural. But at least I try to combine different kind of brands , synthetic and natural ones for not collapsing my body and keeping a good balance of my hormones, which I think in women is more important than in men (detox-days are good for this, for example).
Last but not least, I think it is a good idea to give you some paraben free brands names and paraben brands names as well that are pretty common and very famous around the world :
. Burt’s bees
.Derma E natural bodycare
. Terra firma cosmetics
. Butter London
. Nature’s Gate
. MuLondon Organic
. Earth Mamma Angel Baby
. Skyn Iceland
Any products that contains the next ingredients have parabens
*Aseptoform E, Bonomold OE, Easeptol, Ethyl 4-Hydroxybenzoate, ethyl parasept, Tegosept E, Benzoic acid, 4-hydroxy-, ethyl ester
*Butylated hydroxyanisole, BHA, (1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-methoxy phenol
*Methanone, (2-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)phenyl-, (2-Hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)phenylmethanone, 2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone, Benzophenone-3, Cyasorb UV 9 Light Absorber, Methanone, (2-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)phenyl-, MOB, Oxybenzone, Spectra-sorb UV 9
*Isobutane, 1,1-Dimethylethane, 2-Methylpropane, Isobutane, 2-methyl propane, R 600a, Trimethylmethane
(….) And so on the list is enormous but you can look it for all the list online in lots of official websites.
Also, here I give you a link about Parabens according to the European Commission (sorry I’m a jurist and this is what I do in my free time ☺)
Have a good day and stay safe!