Evidence shows they are xenoestrogens, which means they mimic estrogen in the body, plus they’ve been linked to breast cancer.
So we are really excited to read about the growing trend in cosmetics companies moving away from the use of parabens due to public demand for safer products.
According to Organic Monitor, “a growing number of formulators are avoiding them due to safety concerns”.
Judi Beerling at Organic Monitor says “many companies are using preservative systems that comprise multi-functional natural ingredients”. By using such ‘synergistic blends’, the material has anti-microbial properties whilst not having to be registered as a preservative with the respective authorities. Examples of such preservative systems are blended botanical extracts.”
Preservation is usually the number one technical issue with natural and organic products, which is why you need to be extra vigilant in checking whether your skincare products really are organic, in which case they definitely won’t contain parabens.
In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye on this new movement away from parabens and look forward to the day when they are totally phased out.
Check your bathroom cabinet:
If any of your moisturisers, shampoos, toothpastes, gels or lubricants contain any of the following words, throw them away:
How many products in your home contain parabens? Go and have a quick look now and then let us know by posting in the comments section below.
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