Paraben-free is a label that you've likely seen on makeup, but you're not sure what it means. Don't worry, and you're not alone. Many people are on unsure paraben-free means and how it could affect them and their makeup products.
What Are Parabens?
Parabens refer to a group of chemicals primarily found in health, beauty, and personal care products. In some countries, they are banned, but they are still used in some parts of the world. They are used because they help to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungus. This generally makes the shelf life of these products much longer than other natural products.
Here are examples of what you might see in a bottle that has parabens in it:
Why Are Parabens Bad?
Parabens are generally considered harmful because of the effect they have on the human body. For example, several scientific studies have shown that parabens can disrupt hormones in your body, harm fertility and reproductive organs. They can also increase the risk of cancer and skin irritation.
For many of us, this is not good news. We must stay away from these products because they can harm our bodies and cause cancer, one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
What Products Contain Parabens?
Unfortunately, several different products contain parabens. There's little regulation currently in the cosmetic industry to stop this from happening. Here are some products that unfortunately can contain parabens:
- liquid and powder foundation
- BB and CC creams
- tinted moisturizer
- cream and powder blush
- moisturizing face cream
- leave-in conditioner
- shaving cream
- lip balm
- petroleum jelly
What Does Paraben-Free Mean?
With that being said, paraben-free products do not have any preservatives in products to make them last longer. This means that companies make sure that the consumer knows that chemicals are not part of the product formula. There is a designated label on the package to signify this difference.
This means that these harmful toxins will not be part of the ingredients within the product. Your product is likely more natural and doesn't have an extended shelf life. However, it's better for you and will not harm you in the same way that the parabens would.
Where Can I Find Paraben-Free Products?
First, you can check to see if there's a label that says "paraben-free." Otherwise, some might say "free from parabens" or "0% parabens" on the packaging. These are called "label claims" in the industry.
If you're unsure, don't be afraid to look at the ingredients on the back of your products!
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