If you’ve ever dabbled in ingredient lists or the natural beauty world, you’ve likely heard of parabens. More specifically, you’ve probably been told how detrimental they can be to your health. You know, along with the long list of other toxic elements you should avoid putting on your face. In a world where we now have to constantly scrutinize what our products are made of, parabens are just another ingredient to avoid at all costs. But trust us, babe, there are options out there that will make things so much easier (and safer!) for you *and* that cute face of yours. Keep reading to learn all about the dangers of parabens in skincare and beauty products. And after that? Pass this blog post on to a friend! Because every babe deserves to be brushed up on this way important beauty lesson.
First thing’s first: What exactly are parabens?
There’s a reason why these nasties have gotten such a bad wrap in the natural beauty world. And while their definition may seem harmless at first, it only takes a little digging to realize how detrimental parabens really are. Plus, you know us and we *love* our research around here. So here’s the lowdown you’ll want to know.
Parabens are a group of chemicals that are widely used as preservatives in beauty and skincare products. Their aim is to keep bacteria, fungus, and other buildups from developing in these items. But see, although the thought behind these guys is essentially good, (I mean, no one wants fungus growing on their lipstick, right?), parabens have really only traded one nasty for another.
Here’s our pro-tip to you if you’re currently resisting the urge to go check out all the ingredient lists on your skincare and beauty products. Look for these culprits when it comes to determining whether an item deserves to be chucked or kept: methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben. These are the parabens most commonly used in cosmetics, that you should definitely say buh-bye to.
What are the real dangers of having these nasties in my go-to skincare & beauty products?
There are plenty of reasons why you’re better off avoiding parabens in your beauty & skincare products. And when we say plenty, we mean plenty, girlfriend. Like, as many reasons as to why you should avoid texting your ex after that third cocktail.
The EWG notes that “the concern with these chemicals is that scientific studies suggest that parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer.” In short, this is a long laundry list of reasons why you should avoid paraben-packed products, babe. Let’s be honest, no skincare or beauty item is worth that kind of risk – truthfully.
What’s more, what truly makes this paraben conundrum so ironic is that bomb products can totally be made without them. As in, there is really no need to compromise your health for the sake of beauty or skincare products. And, there is certainly no reason to risk the harmful effects above, either. Nah. Not when there are obsessively natural beauty brands out there who would never do you like that. *Insert shameless plug, here* You know, like BBE!
Where exactly are these so-called parabens hiding?
Parabens can be found in everything from your toothpaste to your SPF products. Meaning, if you’re ready to ditch the dangers of parabens in more than just your skincare and beauty products – a deep dive is definitely required.
This is mainly because the FDA does not need to approve cosmetic products before they hit the market, meaning these chemicals can easily make their way onto the shelves of stores everywhere. FDA scientists continue to research this issue however as it stands, companies can continue to pack their products with hormone-disrupting parabens. Good thing you’ve got this blog on the dangers of parabens in skincare and beauty products to keep you informed, #amirite?
We should also mention that these toxic ingredients aren’t only found in your everyday skincare, beauty, and household products. Parabens are often used in food to preserve it. Making it even more important to consume organic produce whenever possible. All and all, if you want to avoid exposing yourself to this not-so-nice group of chemicals - we get it. We suggest eating clean and learning how to read ingredient labels like a pro.
How can I ditch these nasty chemicals, pronto?
Here’s the good news, sis. Getting rid of these toxic parabens in your life doesn’t have to be difficult. As we mentioned above, you can simply opt for products that won’t put your health at risk. Paraben-free beauty and skincare products are just as good as those other guys you might be used to reaching for. What’s more, you can use them liberally, guilt-free. As in, without worrying that you’re totally messing up your hormones in the long run (and hey, that’s a major plus alone if you ask us).
And while we know that a lot of babes might be tempted to buy products that have a longer shelf-life just remember you have amazing alternatives for those everyday culprits, there is no reason to second guess your move to paraben-free products!
The ultimate lineup of must-have products for a safe and fab beauty routine.
The BBE Facial Wash
Fight back against breakouts, the paraben-free way babe. You need a killer face wash in your beauty routine and this best-selling classic is where it’s at. Safe for even the most sensitive of skin, this is the basic you’ll want to start your skincare routine with e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y.
The BBE Body Wash
Babe, you would be *stunned* at the number of parabens that are used in regular old body wash. Our version is not only safer and free of those chemicals, it is also loaded with nourishing essential oils like sunflower seed oil and rosemary extract that smell *unreal*. Not to mention, that will leave your skin smooth and feeling so fresh and so clean. Oh, and you guessed it – without those added parabens.
The BBE Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Every babe needs a go-to moisturizer in her skincare collection. You know, one that will keep her looking fresh to death but that won’t put her health at risk. Our anti-aging moisturizer will nourish that pretty face of yours and leave your skin feeling younger sans nasties. Packed with nourishing jojoba seed oil and organic argan oil, this gem will keep your skin looking plump and hydrated. You’re welcome, gorgeous.
Any of BBE’s beloved self-tanners
You know it and we know it, beautiful. There are few things on earth that make us feel as good as a fresh, golden tan. Whether you opt for our mousse or classic formula, our self tanner is that extra pep in your step you so deserve. But parabens? Babe, we never use those. Mainly because you certainly don’t deserve them.
The BBE Body Scrub
It doesn’t matter what luscious scent you choose. BBE’s body scrubs are infused with only the best moisturizing essential oils. What's more, they contain exfoliating properties that will leave your skin feeling baby smooth without irritation. For sensitive babes, exfoliation can already present a few issues. Therefore why add in parabens to bother your skin further? Opting for one of BBE’s exfoliators is just what you need to nourish and revive your skin, the healthy way.
Ready to live your best clean beauty life?
We knew you would be by the end of this post on the dangers of parabens in skincare and beauty products, babe. We know it's been a large conversation in the beauty community, and we just wanted to provide information so you can make your own informed decisions! From hormone imbalances to fertility issues, it is safe to say that nixing these toxic chemicals out of your daily routine can certainly be worth it.
Let us know down below what some of your favorite paraben-free beauty and skincare products are. And if you've already gone ahead and made the switch to a natural routine, share some of it with us! We want to know all about your tips and tricks for how to safely revamp your beauty cabinet, seamlessly.
Love & (paraben-free) Lipstick,