Parabens in our beauty products

Parabens in our beauty products

Apr 01

 

 

What’s all the fuss about Paraben-Free Cosmetics?
Parabens are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Estrogenic chemicals mimic the function of the naturally occurring hormone estrogen, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer. They can bring on early puberty, and can lower sperm counts, affecting the male reproductive system. Doesn’t sound like anything I want to mess with. They can be found in skin care products ranging from shampoos and moisturizers to topical pharmaceuticals and toothpaste, and has also been found being used as a food additive. It’s actually in most products that are not specifically labeled “paraben-free.”

For most people with normal skin, parabens may be  non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Parabens can, however, cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis and rosacea in individuals with paraben allergies. For me, I would rather eliminate anything that has the potential side effects of any of these diseases or possibly cancer.
Want to know if your products contains parabens?

Here are some steps to take:
Look on the label for the following ingredients: methylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben, or butylparaben.
Find out which company makes the product you use. See if it has an ingredient list available on the product itself or on its web site. If a company is not forthcoming with the information you seek, you may want to purchase your products from another company.
Try e-mailing or calling the company and asking if your product contains parabens.

While you are out shopping for a safer, less toxic skin care product to replace the paraben-filled ones you have, keep in mind that natural and organic does not necessarily mean paraben-free or non-toxic. It should, but it doesn’t.

So as you start reading the ingredient list on some of your beauty and hair products dont just start throwing everything out like a crazy person and go spend all this money to replace them, What I did was the products that had 2 or more parabens I tossed and replaced right way but that was me. I also have an autoimmune disease that any of these toxic chemicals can contribute to me feeling real bad.  I also frequent places like Ross, TJ maxx and Marshall’s sometimes I find great brands at good prices SCORE!!

On sephora or Ulta’s website you can search for your product and see if they have parabens or you can do a search for paraben free.

Here are some of the products I have been using and loving that are paraben free:

Tarte – kinda pricey but well worth the price, I love the Amazion clay blush and under eye concealer.  found in Ulta, Sephora and on www.tartecosmetics.com

Arbonne- my daughters sell this product and I love there foundation, primer, and serums. www.arbonne.com consultant #19893151

Red Apple lipstick. I love the eye shadows and lip gloss, I have not tried the lipsticks yet. The customer service is the BEST! www.redapplelipstick.com

Mychelle- I love the cleansers. www.mychelle.com

I love physican’s formula ( drug store, walmart, target and ulta) it has my favorite mascara, eyeliners, blush and powders. Check for great sales at drug stores on them.

Some brands like burts bee, Yes to carrots, blueberries can be found in target, I like the Yes products for makeup remover wipes and hair products, and I find them on sale alot.

Jason’s has a great toothpaste, I am not thrilled with there deodorant though.

Nautres gate has good shampoos and conditioners.

100% pure has great skin care products www.100percentpure.com

Josie Maran -Argan oil .josiemarancosmetics.com

There are many more that I have not even tried yet. I also love making my own safe beauty products which I will be adding videos on that soon.

Another great site is www.safecosmetics.org for great info.

There are many high end cosmetics that are reformulating there products lately for our safety.

I hope you start reading your products and the products you use on your family and begin to make healthier choices.

You can’t do this overnight ,but baby steps in the right direction will soon add up to a healthier you.

If you are already using some of these type of safe beauty products, which are your favorites?

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Love the post! So funny-we have almost all of the same beauty favorites in common 🙂 Thanks again for the support!

    • Dolce Soul

      Ashley,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my post! It’s great to see that you are also on the journey of going paraben free in your beauty products!
      Be happy and healthy,
      Stacy

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