Lets talk about toxic.
I think the education around toxins has becoming increasingly popular lately. Which is great news, and a lot of companies are now advertising “paraben free”. BUT there are still TONS of companies out there, still using this ingredient in their products. The beauty industry is severely under regulated, which becomes and issues when companies can sell personal care products to consumers, that can have extreme negative effects on their health. This needs to change!
What are parabens:
Parabens are a group of synthetic compounds that are often added to lotion, make up, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, medications and even to certain food products. You will likely see this listed on the back of your product as “methylparaben, ethylaparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or isobutylparaben. The amount of parabens in your personal care products and other products are minimal, but overtime your exposure to these paragons is problematic.
On average, a women uses a minimum of 12 personal care products a day, so compared to men, we are exposed to higher levels of parabens, and this can have serious implications in pregnancy.
Parabens can mimic the action of estrogen in the body, which can cause reproductive problems in women. Not only do the exposure to these chemicals have negative impacts on you, but also on your fetus.
Studies show that some parabens are able to cross the placenta and show up in the amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus. Which means direct exposure to your unborn baby.
Exposure to these chemicals in utero can be linked to higher odds of preterm birth, and growth restriction in infants. Parabens are also known to affect thyroid hormone levels in pregnant women, which can be concerning for fetal brain development.
Products that contain high amounts of parabens are things like shampoo, conditioner and lotion, which all of these products you are directly putting on your skin. It takes approximately 30 seconds for products to be absorbed into the skin and directly deposited into the bloodstream. Since our skin is our biggest organ, wouldn’t you want to be putting safe products onto your skin, knowing that it goes directly into your bloodstream?
In a recent study, 100 girls were asked to refrain from using paraben containing products to see if urine levels of chemicals changed. After 3 days, paraben levels in their urine dropped 44%.
How to avoid parabens:
- Avoid products with paragon listed ingredients. Refer back to the beginning to see what they could be listed as.
- Opt for a natural deodorant.
- Use natural oils and lotions.
- Use a safe make up alternative.
- Opt for preservative free products.
- Things too note: Companies can advertise as “Natural” or “Organic” but still include toxic chemicals in their products. This is why you need to research your products before using them and make sure you are looking at the ingredients list.
- Use the EWG or THINK DIRTY app to check out your products and how they are rated.
Some SAFER options:
Let me know some of the safer switches you have made!