There are many lotions and potions on the market claiming to slow the signs of aging and make you look beautiful, and there are literally thousands of beauty products to choose from. The marketing campaigns for these products are designed to make everything look safe, pleasant, and harmless, and many people don’t realize that they are using dangerous ingredients.
The Truth behind the Marketing: Parabens
Instead of getting caught up in the marketing schemes, it is better to turn the bottle over and look at the ingredient list. The majority of beauty products on the market contain parabens, which are chemicals that are very detrimental to your health.
There are a variety of parabens, including E216, butyl parabens, ethyl parabens, isobutyl parabens, propyl parabens, and methyl parabens. You might be shocked to read the labels on your favorite beauty products to find at least one of these ingredients.
These are some of the beauty products that commonly contain parabens:
- Shave gel
- Body Wash
- And more!
Why are Parabens so Bad?
The problem with parabens is that they contain properties that mimic estrogen. When a person uses beauty products that contain parabens, it causes an increase of estrogen in the body. These hormone changes can have a negative impact on your health, and might lead to serious diseases and illnesses. For example, excess estrogen is linked with the development of breast cancer.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that parabens are safe as long as you aren’t consuming them, because your body is greatly impacted by the parabens when they come in contact with your skin. Spreading the beauty product on your skin or in your hair causes the body to absorb the ingredients. Over time, the exposure to parabens can lead to serious health problems.
Doctors have found that parabens might increase a person’s risk of breast cancer, neurological disorders, hormone levels, metabolic functions, and more. It is important that you monitor the paraben use of everyone in your family, because parabens have been linked with a number of childhood diseases.
Are you interested in learning more about how environmental factors and daily lifestyle choices impact you risk of cancer and other serious diseases? Read Unravel the Mystery, by Ann Malkmus, where you will find detailed information about other common household products that need to be avoided.