This Is Why Parabens Are So Concerning

In these challenging times, self-care is essential. Our prudence for hygiene is healthy, but are the products we're using safe? The beauty and skincare industry yielded over $511 billion in 2021 (via Common Thread Co). However, one ingredient in the small print could be more of an expense: parabens. Are you a savvy shopper who is bargain-hunting during the holidays? Before investing in new "skinceuticals," let's uncover what's best for our health.

Synthetics are meant to extend an item's shelf life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes parabens as human-made preservatives. Healthline pointed out these chemicals exist in moisturizers, mascara, antiperspirants, hair care items, shaving creams, and mouthwash, to name a few. When women's bodies absorb parabens, the particles mimic estrogen, and the body reacts with hormonal imbalances (via Healthline). Reuter's Health observed patterns of low infertility in men who frequently used soaps and personal products containing similar elements. For this reason, concerns arise even with trace amounts. Paraben exposure has also been related to breast cancer, thyroid dysfunction, and other issues (via Breast Cancer Prevention Partners).

Can we avoid parabens altogether?

In short, it's possible to avoid parabens, but the weightier question is: How? Initially, identifying hazards can help you rule them out. While shopping, skim over ingredient labels before making selections, and buy only what you can pronounce. Healthline says to be aware of methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben, which are 3 of the most common paraben ingredients. Try to remember that not all products are not created equal. Brands like Shea Moisture and Burt's Bees are committed to consumer health. Elle Magazine recommends making educated choices about what you put on your skin. Set a new health standard, read labels, and research ingredients. Consider organic items as you look to go paraben-free.

We may be unaware that parabens exist in many common items. As buyers, we (understandably) seek quality. Let's create a new regard for what's in our hygiene products. Take charge of your family's health, and make simple changes to see great results. We want you to live well.