Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients and are not always listed on products.
Parabens have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Exposure to external estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and may also interfere with male reproductive functions.I Studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as Category 1 priority substances, based on evidence that they interfere with hormone function.
Where are parabens in your make-up bag and medicine cabinet? How to avoid them.
There is a long list of everyday items in our make-up bag and medicine cabinet that contains parabens: face creams, moisturizers, shampoo, conditioner, perfume, foundation, eye liner, eye shadow, baby care, shaving creams, soap, fragrance free products, popular antibiotic ointments and underarm deodorant.
How to go paraben free.
The good news - you have options! There are many new companies that create paraben free products and Satya is one of them. To find out if products contain parabens, look on the label for the following ingredients:
At Satya we support the option of using natural ingredients.
iDarbre PD and Harvey PW. "Paraben esters: review of recent studies of endocrine toxicity, absorption, esterase and human exposure, and discussion of potential human health risks." J Appl Toxicol.28, 5 (Jul 2008):561-78.