Monday, 19 March 2012

Parabens!

Hey guys,
I've gone on a complete Paraben frenzy.
The aim of my mission to rid parabens completly from all my products that I use!


I have always known that parabens are not good to you but it has come to my attention how dangerous they really are, and that there are a variety of wonderful Paraben Free products out there on the market. 


Disclaimer: Now, I do not claim to be a scientist or a dermatological expert, I am just trying to raise awareness of what ingredients are in the public's everyday cosmetics.


When I go shopping for cosmetics and skin care many factors come into place, How much is it? Does it smell/look nice? Does it work? ....I have never had to think, Will this give/contribrute to cancer? But now I do.
Parabens have been found to mimic estrogen, a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer. Parabens found in underarm deodorants and other cosmetics can migrate into breast tissue and contribute to the development of tumors.


Methylparaben which is a chemical that is put into a lot of cosmetic products which acts as a anti-fungal agent. It also have been scientifically proven to age the skin (ironic how it is in a lot of anti-aging creams!) when exposed to UVB rays. I was shocked when I checked my daily face cream and it had this ingredient. I had been putting this chemical all over my face everyday for 5 years!!


Check how safe your products are on this website- http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/




We live in a world where have so much choice, so make the right ones. Here are some paraben free choices:


Products
The Body Shop Earth Lovers 100% biodegradable shower gel- free from parabens, sulfates and colorants
St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub Invigorating- free from parabens and phthalates
Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

Lush
Hair: 
All Lush shampoo bars
Lush Big shampoo
The hair doctor
R & B
Snake oil
American cream conditioner

Shower:
All Lush shower scrubs and solid soaps
Dreamwash
Turkish Delight


Face:
All lip scrubs, toothy tabs and face masks
Token to the gods
dream steam
moon and sun
tea trea toner tab
full of grace
British Nanny
Herbalism
Fresh farmacy
Dark Angels
Coalface
Aqua Marina
Angels on bare skin
A million kisses
double chocolate


Body
All massage bars, dusting powders, body butters, body tints and deodorants 
stepping stone foot scrub
tiny hands solid hand cream
Lovely jubblies breast cream
Ultrabalm

Bath:
All bath bombs, bath melts and Bubble bars!



Companies
Angelface Cosmetics- All the mineral products are 100% pure minerals. No talcs, fillers or parabens are used which go in to most other lower end make up brands. 

  • a b c d Harvey PW, Everett DJ (Jan 2004). "Significance of the detection of esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid (parabens) in human breast tumours". Journal of Applied Toxicology 24 (1): 1–4. doi:10.1002/jat.957PMID 14745840. 
  1. ^ Handa, O; Kokura, S; Adachi, S; Takagi, T; Naito, Y; Tanigawa, T; Yoshida, N; Yoshikawa, T (2006). "Methylparaben potentiates UV-induced damage of skin keratinocytes.". Toxicology 227 (1–2): 62–72.doi:10.1016/j.tox.2006.07.018PMID 16938376.
  2. ^ Okamoto, Yoshinori; Hayashi, Tomohiro; Matsunami, Shinpei; Ueda, Koji; Kojima, Nakao (2008). "Combined Activation of Methyl Paraben by Light Irradiation and Esterase Metabolism toward Oxidative DNA Damage". Chemical Research in Toxicology 21 (8): 1594–9. doi:10.1021/tx800066uPMID 18656963.

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