Over the past few years, you may have noticed an increase in beauty products or information about “paraben free”, but what does that mean for you? Should you be concerned?
Firstly, let’s talk about them individually, what they are and what they are used for, so you can make an informed decision yourself.
What are parabens?
Parabens are a synthetic compound used as a preservative in cosmetic and beauty products. Paraben stops fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing on your favourite make-up, face cream, lotion, deodorant, shampoos and more. It is a common ingredient in most of these products as they act as a preservative to stop bacteria from growing especially in warm and moist environments such as bathrooms. The most common types are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben.
What is all the concern about?
Some of the concern around parabens have been linked to breast cancer and tumours, but this has not been proven and is still theoretical as researchers have not been able to find a direct link between parabens and cancer.
Parabens can also cause your skin to irritate if you’re sensitive to chemicals. It is recommended you should always do a patch test whenever you try a new beauty product to make sure the ingredients within do not cause you to break out.
What are the alternatives?
The concern raised amongst consumers to sought alternate beauty products has alerted the industry to respond with alternatives to preserve their cosmetic and beauty products with natural ingredients that are safer for your skin and body.
The use of essential oils, oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender, grapefruit seed extract and goldenseal root is the most common natural preservative you will see in high quality beauty products in various combinations that avoid the use of paraben as a preservative. They are effective in warding off bacteria and don’t have the toxicity of synthetic preservatives. In order to use it as a preservative it must be used in large concentrations and therefore could become more expensive to produce.
What should I do?
The decision is yours. Cheaper beauty products will use paraben as a preservative and if you have sensitive skin, you have more choices to alternatives than ever before rather than continue to use low quality beauty products that can irritate your skin. But make sure you trust that brand as testing is an important process in paraben free products to ensure it is bacteria free.
B U Skin Cosmeceuticals are 100% Australian and paraben and sulphate free using natural ingredients that are better for your skin. We are microbial tested in a commercial lab in Sydney, Australia so you can trust our products are of the highest quality.