Parabens are synthetic ingredients, plain and simple. The more products you use containing parabens, the more dangerous it could be for your health.
If you are a person who is cautious about preservatives in your food, then you might want to consider checking the labels of your lotions and potions.
Companies using them will tell you that the amount used is so small that it isn't considered harmful. Technically, that's true. Parabens account for no more than 1 percent of any product.
But let’s say that you use the average of 9 products on your body per day. That ups the percentage for your body…DAILY. Think back over years. How much of this chemical cocktail use?
Arsenic is not fatal in small doses (The average person ingests about 8 micrograms in their food every day.).
The Hiroshima bomb didn’t KILL everyone.
(I'm climbing down from my soapbox...in 5-4-3-2-)
Why do manufacturers use parabens?
According to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, they are used to prevent the growth of microbes in cosmetic products. You’ll find them mostly in personal care products that contain significant amounts of water, such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions and facial and shower cleansers and scrubs.
Check out your deodorant, ladies and gents. It’s not only the aluminum that poses a danger to your health.
The Environmental Working Group conducted a study that found parabens to be widely used synthetic preservatives found in most of the nearly 25,000 cosmetics and personal care products. These synthetic ingredients can be absorbed through the skin, blood and digestive system.
Again, they are also used as food additives.
Several distinct chemicals with similar molecular structure go into our daily preservative cocktail. Four of these synthetic preservatives are found frequently in cosmetics.
These synthetics can mimic the hormone estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells.
Dr. Philippa Darbre and colleagues at the University of Reading carried out tests on samples of 20 different human breast tumors. "Their detection in human breast tumors is of concern since parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen.” She said.
By increasing the expression of genes usually regulated by estradiol (a form of estrogen), these genes cause human breast tumor cells to grow and multiply in cellular studies
Knowing what to look out for is half the battle. Knowledge is power and the power is in your hands.
The promising thing is that more and more organic cosmetics companies are hanging out their shingles from Main Street to Web Malls. Each one committed to healthier products.
My absolute favorite hand and body lotion is Avalon Organic Botanicals; it really absorbs into the skin and leaves my hands soft even in winter.
Have you thought about making your own lotions and body oils? When you make your own it is always fresh and you know what is in it.
It's so easy.
I make my own oil with equal parts Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and Coconut Oil. I add pure, organic cocoa butter as well, I don't add a lot and I don't heat it. How much you use really depends on how much you like to smell like cocoa butter.
I set the jar of cocoa butter on the window sill in sunlight to soften. You can turn it into liquid, but I'd rather not heat it. So you might have little pieces in the oil that don't melt until you apply it to the skin.
This mixture will keep a little longer when it is cold. but it will also turn into a solid. I recommend using a wide mouth container to store it.
When it's warm, your nose will tell you when it's time to make a fresh batch, but making small batches that last a few weeks will ensure you are bacteria and preservative free.
I'm always going on about how important the liver is and I'll say it again. Keeping the toxicity level as low as possible along with good nutrition will result in better health.
Between making your own and using pure, healthy products, it couldn't be easier.
Walk in beauty!