Ditch The Toxicity Today!
When you pick up any over-the-counter product, you'll find a long list of ingredients with names you can't pronounce. Over time, maybe you think these ingredients are just necessary ...
But They're Not.
In fact, new studies are revealing that one of these dangerous ingredients - parabens - is toxic and causes both long-term and short-term health complications in men, women, and children.
In this blog we talk about what parabens are, why they're dangerous, and an alternative that will leave you healthier, happier, and looking your best today!
WHAT ARE PARABENS
Parabens are odorless, colorless, artificial preservatives found in many over-the-counter cosmetic products all around the world. (1) (8)
Though advocates claim they're derived from a natural acid found in fruits and vegetables, parabens are NOT natural, and their purpose is to extend the shelf life of other artificial ingredients and dangerous chemicals in over-the-counter products. (2)
Chemical Structure Of A Paraben (18)
These chemicals are nothing new. In fact, parabens have been used in cosmetics since the 1920s, before scienctific and regulatory agencies became more active in consumer safety.
Since then, countries all around the world, including every nation in the European Union, Japan, Australia, and Canada have established limits on paraben consumption. (3) (4)
Unfortunately, this hasn't stopped the use of this dangerous chemical, even in the United States, where the FDA doesn't approve or disapprove cosmetic products and ingredients. (5)
This uncertainty has led parabens to still be in widespread use, and not just a little:
Parabens can be found in around 90 percent of items you see at the grocery store today. (4)
WHY THEY'RE USED
Parabens exist for one purpose - to extend the shelf life of over-the-counter products.
Makers of the chemical claim it reduces the chances of mold and bacteria from growing in their products, but they don't tell you how they do it. (6)
Parabens contain many dangerous chemicals, but two in particular - methylparabens and propylparabens - are especially dangerous. Here's why:
Parabens are easily absorbed in your body! (7) (8)
And they aren't just passed on to your gastrointestinal system for easy disposal. Parabens enter your bloodstream, where they can linger and cause you numerous health problems, which we'll cover in detail a bit later. (9)
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Parabens are a general term for several dangerous chemicals that are as long to say as they are toxic.
Here are the most common ones:
- isobutylparabens (10)
Because they're not easily disposed of by your body, these parabens build up over time, which makes their damage cumulative, and their danger more severe the longer you use the chemical. (11)
Molecular geometry of a methylparaben; this paraben diminishes your collagen levels and quickens the aging process. (19) (20)
There's another secret over-the-counter products don't want you to know ...
Over-the-counter manufacturers try to trick you into thinking parabens aren't in their product.
The best way to know if they are is by simply checking the label. Any ingredients with the words "butyl," "ethyl," "propyl," and "methyl" in their name are parabens, and are toxic. (12)
Even the CDC says human health effects of parabens are unknown. Don't take any chances; check your labels today! (13)
THE DANGER OF PARABENS
Parabens disrupt endocrine function (21)
The reason parabens have been researched and studied for so long is because they disrupt the human endocrine system.
Within the endocrine system, parabens copy estrogen, which can lead to disruptions in your hormonal levels and function. (14)
Parabens can also cause thyroid problems and cancer. And if they're not causing cancer, parabens also fuel the growth of existing cancer cells.
And parabens are especially dangerous for children. The disruptions parabens cause leads to developmental and neurological disorders. (15)
PARABENS AND YOUR SKIN
Parabens seep through your skin, causing inflammation and irritation (22)
And since we're focusing on parabens in cosmetic use, it's also important to talk about the side effects of parabens for your skin.
Because it's easily absorbed through your skin, paraben use lingers. The CDC found that parabens remain in the human body for a while, and people can reveal their paraben use through their urine long after consumption. (13)
And it's also evident in your skin. Parabens trigger allergic reactions and irritate damaged skin, which is especially alarming as we enter the fall and winter months. (15)
Parabens also cause eczema to worsen, which can lead to rashes, dry skin, irritation, and itchiness. These problems can worsen over time with cumulative use. (16) (17)
A SAFER ALTERNATIVE
Though parabens are dangerous, there's no need to worry.
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