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Parabens - is it that harmful?

We all use parabens in one form or the other in our daily lives. We use creams, lotions, shampoos, shaving gels, toothpaste, personal lubricants and many more on a daily basis. All of these companies have a silent killer present in them - the parabens.

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about the usage of parabens in these products. But, what are parabens? Are they harmful and how to avoid them? In this article, we shall try to find answers to these questions.

What are Parabens?

Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives, and that is why they are found in so many products. They are used to fight bacteria and fungus, are widely available, and cost very little to manufacture and use. Nearly all of the parabens used as preservatives are man-made and not naturally occurring. Parabens can generally be found in moisturizers, shaving gels, cleansing gels, toothpaste and even shampoos.

Are they harmful?

There have been studies showing that parabens are harmless, but there have also been many studies linking parabens to causing allergies, depression, imbalance in your endocrine system and even increase the production of estrogen which is believed a possible trigger for cancer, especially breast cancer.

The FDA has come to the conclusion that at this moment, parabens are a safe ingredient in skincare products and that there is no cause of concern. They will continue to do research and alert the public if this changes.

How to avoid them?

However, I prefer to take the precautionary route and not use them. Do you really want to put something on your skin that MAY cause problems down the road? In my opinion, it is better to stick to Paraben-free skincare products.

Many smaller skincare companies proudly state the fact that they are paraben-free. While this is a great option for them because of the smaller quantity of products they make and sell, most larger skincare companies use parabens to enable you to get your supply of product no matter where you shop.

You can eliminate your exposure to parabens by getting familiar with the products in which they are found and being vigilant about reading labels. You may see one or more of the following: Methylparaben, proplyparaben, isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, butylparaben, sodium butylparaben. As you see, each word ends with "paraben", which makes it easy to pick out.

Rest assured, we DO NOT carry products with Parabens.

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