by Lisa Matsuda
I’d like to welcome my niece, Lisa Matsuda as a contributor to the HollywoodBeautySecrets team. Thank you Lisa.
What are parabens?
Parabens are widely used in the cosmetics industry as a preservative and as an anti-microbial agent that prevent mould and bacteria. There are three types of parabens in cosmetics products that are widely used: methylparaben (methyl paraben), propylparaben, and butylparaben. They can increase the shelf life of products by years, not just months!
Parabens are found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste, and they are also used as an additive in processed foods.
Why they are dangerous:
Parabens enter the human body either through contact with the epidermis (skin) or via the gastrointestinal tract and blood. Paraben esters can be found in the blood stream in as little as one hour after application! One study found that the higher the use of commercial lotions, deodorants, and other personal care products, the higher the level of parabens found in the bloodstream.
Recent studies have linked parabens to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. They have also been found in human breast milk and are thought to cause damage to sperm DNA as well.
A 2012 study from the University of Reading in the UK discovered 99 percent of tissue samples collected from women contained anywhere from one to five different types of parabens. These compounds mimic estrogen, and elevated levels of estrogen have been linked to the development, growth, and progression of breast cancer.
Not only bad for you, but also bad for our oceans:
Parabens have also been found in ocean mammals. Another study done by the US government which studied 8 different species of marine life from Florida to Alaska found parabens in each species tested, no matter their location. These parabens were found to be synthetically sourced and not naturally occurring. Methyl paraben and a metabolite of methyl paraben called 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (4-HB) were the most commonly found paraben in the samples taken. As in humans, these chemicals act as estrogen in a mammal’s body.
While the exact affect these chemicals have on the oceans is still being studied, the fact that these mammals are being affected by, not only plastics and waste, but by our choice of personal products should inform our decisions when choosing our skin care.
Is it too late?
Fortunately, it is not too late to change! A study done by UC Berkley on the effects of chemicals in cosmetics showed a 45% reduction in parabens in the blood stream after just 3 days of switching to paraben-free products!
The less demand for these chemical laden products, the less they will be made. Hollywood Beauty Secrets is committed to providing SAFE, EFFECTIVE, paraben-free products for your beauty routine. Join the thousands of women that have made the switch!
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