Are Cosmetics With Parabens Safe?

Are Cosmetics with Parabens Safe? We don’t believe that they are, which is why we developed our Foliage Natural Skincare range.

Parabens are used in cosmetic manufacturing as a preservative. Cosmetics that have gone ‘off’ i.e. full of bacteria are almost, or as, dangerous as parabens. The risk of cosmetics going off when they don’t have parabens is high because most cosmetics contain a high percentage of water. So you can understand why cosmetic manufacturers use parabens in then products but are cosmetics with parabens safe?

Because of the question ‘are Cosmetics with Parabens Safe?’ being asked all over the world now. We are sure that parabens will be eventually phased out of cosmetics over the next few years. Even the big cosmetics manufacturers are now trying to reduce the amount of parabens that go into their products, although until they find a reliable replacement, they will continue to use parabens.

So what are parabens? Parabens are a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid. They are used to fight bacteria and fungus. Most of the parabens used as preservatives are synthetic (man-made), so not naturally occurring. There are naturally occurring parabens but they tend to be more expensive so manufacturers tend to opt for the cheaper versions.

Obviously for every argument that parabens cause significant risks to health (the main one is that they cause cancer), and environment there are equally vigorous arguments that say they don’t. it is believed that women can be particularly at risk of paraben exposure because parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. Parabens have been found in cancer tumors in the breast and as a result it is believed there is a relationship between parabens and tumors.

There is also some suggestion that parabens can also affect males. In the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Toxicology, Dr. S. Oishi of the Department of Toxicology, Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health documented exposure of newborn male mammals to butylparaben “adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system.”

While there is no conclusive proof that parabens in cosmetics cause cancer it seems pretty logical that you would do what you can to avoid them where possible. While parabens are also used in the food chain, and so maybe harder to identify and avoid, parabens in cosmetics are easier to eliminate from your life. It is easy to change your cosmetic range to one like Foliage Natural Skincare that has no parabens or other nasties. You do have to be careful to use up your natural cosmetic products more quickly as they can go off. The shelf life for natural cosmetics is generally 12 months, depending on the ingredients and how much water is in them. The environment can also affect them; always leave your natural cosmetics in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

So do you still believe that cosmetics with parabens safe? We believe that if you are worried about parabens in your cosmetics, you should be. Fortunately there are great natural paraben-free products readily available; you just have to take responsibility for your own health and well being by choosing them. This way you will know for sure that the cosmetics that you are using are safe.

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