Hello friends and fellow beauty lovers!
Today, I really wanted to focus on why its important to know what I am putting on my body. Some of you are already on it and probably know a heck of a lot more about this topic than me and some of you are just starting out, looking for information to educate yourself or you are just interested in what crazy thing I am up to now. What ever it might be, please take what I am writing as my own interpretation. I am not a dr. or scientist (even though that sounds like a fun job) but instead, want to better my own knowledge, health and help those around me.
I think it is important to understand what certain ingredients are in products that we use in our daily routines. When I decided to start this blog, I found it very interesting that most people have no clue what they are putting on their bodies as well as in their bodies. This included me. When I started pulling out the hair products and skin care products that I have collected over the years and started reading the labels, I was pleasantly surprised but I was also very shocked to what I found. Some ingredients that I never really thought about became a common theme and started to make me wonder what they did. What I found was that while most products I have are paraben free, some had their disguise mask on. I had to really think about what I knew about parabens. Really not much other than I heard they were bad for you and shouldn’t have them in products. That wasn’t a good enough answer so I thought, most people probably have no clue what they are either. So here is what I found.
What are parabens
Parabens are a group of synthetic compounds commonly used as preservatives in a wide range of health, beauty and personal care products. If the product you are using contains methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, it has parabens.
These ingredients are added to toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions deodorants and makeup, among other products, to stop the growth of fungus, bacteria and other potentially damaging microbes, especially in a moist, warm environment like a bathroom.
Ok, good to know right?! So why are they bad for you?
In different studies done, Dr.’s and scientists have found that parabens have a weak ability to mimic estrogen. So the question that remains and is constantly being argued – Is the rising incidence of breast cancer linked in part to the fact that parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors and can be isolated from other body tissues due to the fact that parabens can mimic estrogen? Or for males, with the absorption on the skin causing the endocrine system to go out of wack and cause low sperm count, a rise in male breast cancer or testicular cancer?
A lot of researchers found reason to have concern. Some of the most researched were deodorants and lotions being applied under the armpits and near the breast. This has become a huge debate amongst the researching teams. The U.S. National Cancer Institute has partly dismissed the claims, maintaining that at present, there is no decisive evidence to conclude that the parabens in these products are linked to breast cancer, but that more research is needed.
Research has been going on to find an alternative for parabens in natural products. What they have found is that creams and lotions are the hardest to protect from something growing in it. Very interesting and kind of gross. Until we are ready to put our beauty products in the refrigerator, most companies will use some form of a paraben to protect it from doing more harm than good.
Everyone is looking for better alternatives. Companies are finding solutions and are being conscious of ingredients. This blog could have easily turned into a book with all the data and research out there but I wanted to bring you a small glimpse and be aware of what you are using and the potential hazards.
Not everyone has time to research or desire to research. Over the next year, my goal is to bring you some better alternatives and hope that we can find a healthier beauty routine in 2018.