What are Parabens? And Why We Say NO!

Did you know your skin is the largest organ in your body? Whatever you put on your skin gets directly absorbed into your bloodstream. Would you want toxic substances floating around in your body?

That is why you never see ‘parabens’ listed on our product labels. Even though the FDA puts parabens in a category called “GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe), the use of parabens has come under scrutiny in recent years and for good reason.

What are Parabens?

So, exactly what are parabens? Parabens are an FDA approved synthetic preservative used in skin care, cosmetics and even food and drug products. In fact, they are the most widely used cosmetic preservative used on the market. They protect against microbial growth.

However, science has shown that what is safe in small doses for a one time use may not be safe when you consider the prolonged cumulative exposure to a substance.

Besides the cumulative exposure to a substance, you also have to consider the fact that we live in a time where we are exposed to so many more toxins each day than in years past. If we can remove exposure to even one toxin in our daily life, it reduces the total toxic load on our systems.

Parabens are stored in fat tissue. In a 2004 study, parabens were found in cancerous breast tumors. This lead to widespread concern over their use in products. In follow-up studies, it was determined that parabens also have hormone disruptive properties. These disruptors can derail any hormonal system in our bodies.

Also, another study found that when a cancer diagnosis was found at an earlier age in women, it directly correlated with the most frequent use of products containing parabens. This is why we say “No” to parabens.

Our philosophy is, “If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, then why would you put it on your skin?”

We choose ingredients that are wholesome and safe for your body. If there are ever any questions about the safety of a particular ingredient, we don’t use it. It’s important to us that you have peace of mind when using our products.

How to Avoid Parabens

To avoid parabens, stay away from products that list any of these common paraben names:

  • Benzylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Heptylparaben

Over 75% of health and beauty products on the market contain parabens. If you want to find out if any your products contain parabens, EWG’s Skin Deep website is an excellent resource. The best way to avoid them would be to purchase natural skin care products.

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