What are parabens and why you should avoid them

Are you like me and consistently reading labels of products to see what the ingredients are in your favorite products? If that is the case, then you came to the right place. Parabens are in so many of the cosmetics and household cleaners that consumers use on a daily basis, but if you aren't familiar with what they are then keep reading. 

Parabens are essentially preservatives used in cosmetics and personal care products. Parabens can do many things, such as disrupt hormones, cause skin allergy and irritation, and can be linked to various cancers, including breast cancer. According to the Environmental Worknig Group, also known as the EWG (www.ewg.org), the EWG research has found that, on average, women use 12 personal care products each day, which exposes them to 168 chemical ingredients. Men use about half of the number of products used by women, but still expose themselves to 85 unique chemicals on a daily basis." Source: (ewg.org).

 

 

 

 

 

A wonderful thing is happening in the United States with the beauty care industry due to a few passionate politicians. 

A personal Care products Safety Act was introducted to Congress in 2015 and local politicians, Senator Diane Feinstein (California) and Susan Collins (Maine) would insure the Food And Drug Administration (FDA), would ensure cosmetics and personal care products are safer. 

In this bill that was proposed and continues to be found within the Congressional offices, it would call for the following:

"In its first safety assessments, the FDA would review:

  • Methylene glycol, a form of formaldehyde recognized as a known human carcinogen and used in dangerous hair smoothing treatments;
  • Propyl paraben, a preservative linked to hormone disruption;  
  • Lead acetate, a potent neurotoxin used in men’s hair dyes;
  • Diazolidinyl urea, a preservative that releases formaldehyde; 
  • Quaternium-15, another formaldehyde-releasing preservative."

A brand that is making waves and is supporting this Safety Act is Beautycounter and happens to be a top brand of mine as well. I support their mission and absolutely am a fan of their products from their makeup to their lotions, body washes and face serums. They just happened to be on the Today Show, today, talking about their safe skincare mission and banning of over 1,500 unsafe ingredients. Members of Beautycounter will be heading to Congress next week and holding meetings locally in all states with local Congressional representatives.

Feinstein-Collins Bill Would Improve Cosmetics Safety

Feinstein-Collins Bill Would Improve Cosmetics Safety

Feinstein-Collins Bill Would Improve Cosmetics Safety

Feinstein-Collins Bill Would Improve Cosmetics Safety