Paraben Free Cosmetics
Paraben Free Cosmetics are the latest health scare fad, or are they? Growing up as a kid in the 1970’s, I learned that nearly everything we used or consumed might cause cancer. Whether it was cigarette smoke, imitation sweeteners, high-fat diets or the music we listened to; chances are, someone did a study which proved it was linked in someway to cancer. Now, it’s pareben free cosmetics. When my wife became a Mary Kay consultant, potential prospects began asking her whether or not their cosmetic products contained Parabens. Paraben is a chemical preservative used in cosmetics like makeup and lotion to keep them from drying out. Studies have shown that some women with Breast Cancer had very small amounts of Paraben in their system. While this might sound scary, it is important to remember that a relationship doesn’t equal a cause. Also, it is important to remember that the Parabens could also come from food. Secondly, the amounts of Paraben in most cosmetics are a tiny fraction of what is considered safe by the FDA. Studies show that most cosmetic products consist of only .03 to .3 % Parabens. In 1984, the FDA did a study on the three types of Parabens: Butylparaben, Propylparaben and Methylparaben and determined that anything under 25% is safe to use. While, I’m not a guy who takes the federal government recommendations as the bible truth, I think there is quite a bit of margin for error between .3% and 25%. Paraben is not only included in makeup, but other products such as over-the-counter cosmetics, shaving creams, lotions and food. None of these products sold at our stores here in America include anything close to the 25 percent Parabens considered safe by the FDA to prevent Paraben Cancer. At the same time, I don’t blame people who want to live and consume in a way that is as natural and free of any toxic chemicals as possible. I can especially appreciate this lifestyle if you or someone else has ever fought, won or lost a battle with cancer. Ultimately, there are lots of choices when it comes to paraben-free cosmetics.
I have noticed recently, that more and more retailers are carrying cosmetics, lotions, soaps, etc., which are free of parabens.
It is much easier to find healthy products at your local grocer or department store. You will usually find the information printed or advertised on the product packaging. Costco and Walmart now have a decent selection of sulfite-free and paraben-free shampoos.