How do you feel about the chemicals in your products?
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This is the second in my series that looks into common ingredients in everyday toiletries and cosmetics. I want to learn more about the risks I might be taking by regularly putting these addictive on my face and body. I'll also alternative brands that have moved away from using these synthetics - to provide a more natural and potentially healthier choice. This time I'm looking at parabens.
To learn more about Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS), another common additive, click here.
What are parabens?
Parabens are basically chemicals that have preservative qualities. They have been a common additive in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products since the 1950s to help prevent bacteria growth. Using parabens dramatically extends the shelf life of many beauty and health items because it stops them going mouldy. Products can last longer on shop shelves - and in your home - particularly the moist, warm environment of a bathroom, where many such items are kept. Parabens are ubiquitous - find them in toothpaste, sunscreens, cleansers, hair products, moisturisers and cosmetics like mascara and foundations. If you look at an ingredients list you might see them listed as butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben or isobutylparaben.