Information is liberating.
Knowledge is power.
Wisdom is supreme.
Ignorance isn’t bliss and what you don’t know can definitely harm you.
Well, now that all the proverbs and sayings are out of the way, let’s move on!
It’s always been like second nature to take the time to read what’s in the food items that I buy. I just feel that I need to know what I am eating and especially since I have allergies, I just have to be extra careful about that.
In one of my earlier blogs I mentioned the issues around surfactants hidden in our shampoos , shower gels and detergents, now I wanted to talk a little about parabens.
What Are Parabens?
Parabens are a class of chemicals used as preservatives by the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries to work against the growth of bacteria and fungus in their products. They can be commonly found in body creams, conditioners, shampoos, deodorants, personal lubricants, shaving gels, makeup and toothpaste. Parabens are even found in foods as additives.
Truly, you wouldn’t want to open your lotion bottle to find that the contents are all green and moldy, so there is a genuine need to extend the shelf life of the products we use.
However, think about it.
Your skin is not only your first line of immunity, it is also the largest eliminatory organ in your body (well, strictly on your body). Our skin is permeable to some substances and therefore has the capacity to absorb what is put on it, circulating this around your body via your bloodstream. This clearly this will include some of the chemicals in your lotions, deodorant and makeup. Substances absorbed by the skin by-pass the gastrointestinal system, which is where toxins are normally removed from the body.
So What’s The Deal With Parabens?
Extensive research has proven that parabens mimic the hormone estrogen. It is stated that the disruption of the normal hormone balance exerts estrogenic effects on breast cells which could increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
Some of the common names for parabens that you may see on the back of your stuff are:
Being a great fan of anything natural it was fantastic to read that manufacturers seem to be cottoning on to this too. Some are beginning to make use of certain essential oils, which when distilled, are potent enough to act as natural antiseptics, anti-fungals and anti-bacterials. Essential oils such as caraway, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, rose, sandalwood, and tea tree have these properties.
Other than this, you can just ensure you are buying products that carry the “paraben free” label.