Ingredient Watch List: Parabens

I find joy in sharing my natural lifestyle with others. It's a mission of mine to empower others to take their health and beauty into their own hands through education, as well as share important product and ingredient information whenever possible. I don't mean to frighten anyone, however, there are some chemicals and ingredients that we come in contact with (sometimes daily) that may put us at risk for illness. This week's spotlight is on parabens- an ingredient used in many cheap cosmetics and skin care products.

Parabens- Preservatives We Can Do Without

Parabens are used as a synthetic preservative in many products like shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, skin care and makeup products, even food. While these preservatives may keep products from “spoiling” quickly, they also have a few dangerous qualities that concern me. According to research conducted at Cornell University, parabens mimic estrogen, which can cause an increase in the incidence of breast cancer. In fact, a 2004 study found that 19 out of 20 patients who were tested had some type of paraben in their breast cancer tissues.

Another fact that I found very interesting is that parabens can be absorbed through the skin of pregnant women and disrupt the development of a fetus during pregnancy- particularly when it comes to the future fertility of male fetuses. This is supported by a study completed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory, which found that paraben absorption by men (whether babies or adults) can lead to decreased sperm count.

Thankfully, there is a lot we can do to limit our exposure to parabens- more specifically, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben. I suggest that you take the time to read the labels on the products you purchase- if you find substances that end in the word “paraben,” see if you can find some alternative product that doesn't use parabens. If you can't find a product that you need without parabens, see if you can make it at home.

Parabens- Excluded from My Products

You can be certain that all of my Annmarie Skin Care products are paraben-free. I've crafted all of my products with love and concern for your health and well being; I believe in offering the best in natural and organic beauty, free of chemicals and preservatives. Try them and See the difference that they can make in your life!

Much Love,

Annmarie Gianni

“Teaching People About Beauty From the Inside Out”

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