Should I avoid parabens and sulphates?
Sulphates and parabens have acquired a bad reputation over the years due to being carcinogenic. Thye are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. But what exactly are Parabens and Sulphates and should you avoid all of them?
Parabens and sulphates are chemicals that have been used in Beauty Products since the 1950's to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in skincare, and many other products, to give it a longer shelf life.
That “affordable product” you’re using could very likely have been manufactured almost 2 years ago with practically zero good stuff you should be putting on your skin or body.
But what are Parabens and Sulphates and why should you care? Let’s take a closer look at a few common ones you should look out for on your product labels!
Here’s the actual ingredient list of an "affordable Hyaluronic Serum".
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin,Carbomer,Triethanolamine, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hyaluronate,Methylparaben, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum, Ci 42090。
Some ingredients, like Sodium Hyaluronate, can sound bad but they’re actually just the chemical name for a naturally derived product. In this case it’s the salt form of hyaluronic acid and it is very safe.
Methylparaben however is a paraben that can disrupt hormones in the body, harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer.
Phenoxyethanol is easily absorbed by the skin and is known to be neurotoxic if inhaled or digested (it's banned from babycare products).
Triethanolamine when absorbed into the body over a long period of time can become toxic.
Ci 42090。banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden and causes cancer when tested on animals.
Propylene Glycol. The US and European food authorities have declared it as "generally safe" for use in foods. However, it has become controversial since it is also an ingredient in antifreeze.
Ethylhexylglycerin services as a surfactant and preservant enhancer and acts as a safe preservative in minute amounts. It's a proven preservative-enhancer and is often used instead of controversial parabens.
Parfum is a chemically manufactured scent that can manifest as mild forms of allergic reactions ranging from irritation and redness, to burning, itching and swelling, to dermatitis and hives.
There are many more ingredients that are best avoided in any products you are using on your face and body therefore we urge you to always check the ingredient list of all your products. More "affordable" products containing these nasties that could lead to negative side-effects is simply not worth the risk.
You can rest easy knowing all our products are paraben and sulphate free, vegan, biodegradable and contain no petrochemicals or synthetic fragrances.