Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Paraben What? - Why dangerous Parabens are still being used in skincare

Paraben what?

All Thea Skincare products are 100% Paraben free for safe, natural beauty

There's a lot of talk these days about Parabens and their use in skincare products plus more importantly, whether or not they are harmful. This debate will go on for years but in order for you to make your own, informed decision it is important to know exactly what they are and why they are used.

If you take the time to go to your local department store or supermarket and look at the ingredients in the skincare products on the shelves, you will see that over 90% of these will have at least one, often more, type of Paraben in the list of ingredients. The common ones for skincare products are methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben but there are many more! Just check for 'paraben' at the end of the word, you can't miss them.

They are used in a wide variety of cosmetics, as well as some foods and drugs. Cosmetics that may contain Parabens include makeup, cleansers, moisturisers, hair care products and shaving products, amongst others.

So why use them?

Simply put, Parabens are very effective, cheap preservatives that prolong the shelf life of skincare products, preventing mold, fungus and bacteria from growing in the product for extended amounts of time.

Parabens started to be used in the 1950's to extend the shelf life of skincare products but were not fully tested before the past few years.

Why are Parabens still being used today? 

Parabens are cheap so many skincare companies still use them - natural preservative systems are much more expensive. There are studies coming out now that show that Parabens have been found in breast cancer tissue, meaning that many people are now serioulsy looking for alternative Paraben free skincare products.

Thea Skincare products are always Paraben free, having a natural and organic preservative system to prolong their shelf-life without the potentially harmful effects of using Parabens.

It makes sense to avoid skincare products without any chemicals. Natural and Organic Skincare Products enhance the quality of the skin as they are enriched with the right ingredients, for example Vitamin E, B, C and A which are all skin-nourishing, plus a range of natural oils and skin butters.

All Thea Skincare products are Paraben Free and nutrient rich to provide high-quality, safe skincare benefits.

Personally, when I'm choosing any products now I read the label first and if it has any form of Paraben in I just leave it on the shelf!

Thea x

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