If the ingredient list on your skin care product includes the words methylparaben, propylparaben, or butylparaben, it’s time for you to switch to a safer, less toxic product. Back in 2007 I wrote a post titled What Are Parabens And Why Should You Avoid Them and the reasons I listed back then still apply today. Parabens mimic the hormone estrogen which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers, can bring on early puberty, and can lower sperm counts, affecting the male reproductive system. Doesn’t sound like anything I want to mess with. They can be found in skin care products ranging from shampoos and moisturizers to topical pharmaceuticals and toothpaste, and has also been found being used as a food additive. It’s actually in most products that are not specifically labeled “paraben-free.”
While you are out shopping for a safer, less toxic skin care product to replace the paraben-filled ones you have, keep in mind that natural and organic does not necessarily mean paraben-free or non-toxic. It should, but it doesn’t. I have assembled this list of name-brand companies that make paraben-free cosmetics, paraben-free shampoos, and other products for your perusal. Most of them are easy to find in common stores like Target or Whole Foods (and of course, online) and although I don’t advocate one brand or product over another, I do personally use products from Badger, Weleda, Dr. Bronner’s, and JASON.
When looking to purchase safer skin care products, you should always carefully read labels to avoid these 10 toxic ingredients, look for companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and have low toxicity scores at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.
Do you have a favorite paraben-free product that wasn’t mentioned here? Be sure to let everyone know in the comments so they can check it out as well.
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