If you’re anything like me, then you probably want to make sure that what you apply to your skin to keep it looking young and healthy doesn’t actually harm it. I mean, what’s the point in using skin care products when all they do it cause more troubles for your skin? Many do not know the dangers of parabens or even what they are, so let’s go over why it’s a good idea to use paraben free lotions and creams on your skin.
Parabens are substances that are used in various skin care products, predominately cheap ones. The primary use of them are as preservatives to extend the shelf life of a product. Basically, it’s only an additive to help skin care companies extend the life of their products so they won’t have to throw out product that goes bad. In a nutshell, they use parabens to make sure they pull in higher profits.
But besides being a cheap preservative, parabens come with many negative side effects. Studies suggest that they can be carcinogenic (or help cause cancer). I know, I don’t understand why they are even allowed in skin care products either.
Besides being carcinogenic, they can mess with natural estrogen levels in the body, a vital hormone (especially for women.) They can even cause skin rashes, irritation, and other allergic reactions. And because it technically a chemical substance, it can even interfere with the body’s endocrine system (which is responsible for tissue function, metabolism, and even mood.)
So let’s way out the pros and cons of parabens so see if paraben free lotions and creams are more logical to use or not, shall we?
The pros for using parabens in skin lotions and creams is that it increases the shelf life of the product and makes skin care companies more money.
As for the cons, they can very well cause cancer, allergic reactions, irritation, and interfere with your endocrine system. Basically, no benefits for the skin can come out of using them.
I think it’s safe to say that paraben free lotions and creams are the way to go. It most likely won’t say ‘paraben-free’ on a lotion or creams label, so you’ll have to check out the ingredient list to see if they have it or not. Look for “methyl,” “propyl,” ethyl,” and “butyl” paraben on the label and get your hand off of the products that contain them before you get yourself cancer! 🙂
If you want paraben free lotions and creams that still contains a preservative to extend the life of the product, get one with natural vitamin E in it. It’s a more expensive ingredient, but it does just as good a job as a preservative.