The amount of ingredients we shouldn’t put on our face is absurd. It brings back fond memories of the diet trends of my childhood. “Only eat non-fat foods!” Wait! “Only eat low sugar foods!” “Coconut oil is bad. Coconut oil is good!” Keep up with the trends is exhausting, and the same thing is happening to the beauty industry.
Parabens are on of the latest “no” ingredients in cosmetics, and here’s why.
Parabens are a preservative. While preservatives may get a bad wrap, we need them, otherwise we’re replacing our cosmetics every few weeks or suffering from pink eye. But, the downside of this little preservative is that while it kills bacteria and fungus, it also disrupts the endocrine system.
The least talked about system, the endocrine is a compilation of glands that regulate hormones, metabolism, libido, and mood. It’s may not be as prominent as the skeletal or digestive system, but it’s regulates your menstrual cycle, keeps you thin, and controls depression. It’s a system you don’t want to mess with.
For some, parabens don’t just disrupt hormones, they also cause allergies. These could range from a rash to full blown perioral dermatitis, (the least attractive skin condition I’ve ever had.) Either way, this stuff will can mess with your estrogen levels making those who already suffer from hormone related skin problems (acne) less likely to have clear skin.
So, It’s time to embrace a paraben free life. Here’s how:
- Check your body products–face wash, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste. If it’s got parabens, toss it.
- Look into paraben free makeup lines. My favorites are Tarte and Physicians Formula. Both are excellent lines for mascara, bronzer, and foundation.
- Read all your ingredients. And if you’re not quite ready to part with all the parabens, ween yourself off. Reducing is use is better than nothing!
Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.