• Reagan Hart

Parabens are Cheap

Parabens are a preservative that can be found in many cosmetic products; they have been preventing bacteria growth in various products since they came about in the 1950s. In the 1990s scientist came out saying that parabens mimic estrogen in the body, estrogen disruption is linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. In 2004, a British cancer researcher found parabens present in malignant breast tumors. Due to this discovery, many experts recommend limited use of parabens in cosmetic products. Many scientists criticize this finding, as no scientific study has been done to research this topic. Critics say that noncancerous tissues from healthy breasts were not examined to see if parabens were also there and that parabens in tumors don’t mean that they cause cancer.

Although there is no proof if parabens do or don’t cause cancer, I think it’s best to steer clear from this ingredient. I like to take a better safe than sorry approach, especially with a family history of cancer. It is scary to think that parabens can be stored in the body, and over time, they may have cumulative health risks. Also, there are alternative preservative methods that do not have the health risk. If a company is still using parabens in their products, even though alternatives do exist, it just means that they are cheap.

If I am putting my hard earned money towards cosmetic products, I do not want to see methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparabens, or benzylparaben on the product’s ingredient list. Sometimes I go to big name department stores and ask to see $500 face creams because many brands are not transparent with the stuff they’re putting into their products, and I physically have to hold the product to see what is in it.

When I see the expensive face cream’s ingredients, I often find parabens. It makes me so mad because there are various natural preservatives out there! For some reason, a company that is making $450 profit off of face cream, and spouting anti-aging claims, cannot pay a little extra for preservatives that can add benefit to the product. It grinds my gears!! Major billion dollar corporations can be so cheap…

That’s why I stick to Non-Toxic Brands, sometimes I use the conventional, big guys (if they are not using naughty ingredients), but other than that I like to find alternative brands that were created to fill a gap in the market. I prefer to put my money towards a company that is willing to spend the extra $0.45 to increase the quality of my skincare, and maybe even the quality of my life.



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