Am I the only one who, after hearing all the fuss about parabens from the media, has been looking for “parabens” listed in the ingredients on my bottles? I feel like people were sounding the alarm, but then didn’t tell us exactly what the danger was. It’s like saying that animals are dangerous, but not being specific about which kind!
First of all, parabens refer to a group of compounds that are used as preservatives in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and even in the food industry. So basically in just about everything we use in our modern world. And unfortunately, parabens are linked to cancer. Apparently, they aren’t cancer-causing by themselves, but paired with other chemicals they are. And parabens are always paired with other chemicals in the products we use.
I’m a great consumer of cosmetics. I’ve always loved makeup, and I’m a skin care junkie. I’ve probably tried every major brand of makeup or skin care...seriously. Sephora is my haven. When we had one open up nearby a couple of years ago, I almost wept. So when I found out that there was something in my products that was potentially dangerous, I was devastated!
I did a quick look through my things and found, so far, about a third of my products have them in it. My plan of action? Use up what I’ve got (cause throwing them all away and replacing them would be expensive) but all new products purchased will be free of those pesky parabens. Finding paraben-free products may take a little more work and be a tad bit more expensive, but all in all, I’d rather use things I know are safe.
A list of the names of those parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. Check out http://www.greens.org.nz/ for a list of products that contain these ingredients. It’s exhaustive. And depressing. It turns out if you’re really serious about changing the products you use for paraben-free things, you might have to throw out everything in your makeup bag. Check out http://thegoodhuman.com for a list of products that are paraben-free.
Published: June 05, 2013