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All beauty products cannot be good for your skin or hair where it’s up to us in selecting the best. There are numerous debates about using preservatives in health and personal care products. We live in a decade where we are increasingly aware of what we eat or consume and it’s definitely important to be aware of the ingredients in our skincare products and what we put on our face. Today, beauty products are more like chemistry experiments and they are loaded with chemicals that have no business being on our body or skin.
Every day, on average, a woman applies more than 500 synthetic chemicals to her body via products like beauty creams, shampoos, hairsprays, body lotions, deodorants, makeup, perfumes and many more. The recommended way to protect yourself is to be informed. Learn & investigate what ingredients to look out for in your beauty products, why they are harmful, and how to find better and safer alternatives. This is a far better way to make choices.
What are Parabens?
Being commercialized in the 1950s, parabens are considered to be a group of synthetic compounds which are generally used as preservatives in health, beauty, and personal care products. Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben are some good examples of commonly used parabens. The main essence of these parabens is that they help maintain the multi-year shelf life of products where they prevent bacteria, mold, fungus, and even parasites from growing. Most conditioners, body lotions, face creams and even shampoos available in the market are filled with parabens. Even though the cosmetic industry claims that parabens are safe to use, many studies have shown that they are directly and indirectly linked to many acute and chronic diseases.
What are Silicones?
Silicones are synthetic substances derived from silica that have unique fluid properties that give a silky, spreadable, luxurious texture to the skin or hair. They belong to a very large family and can be easily identified with names ending in “cone,” “col,” “conol” or “zane/xane. They provide a sort of coating over the skin/hair, which gives a smooth, shiny, conditioned appearance even where there’s damage. It gives you the feeling that the product you use is working. But this is a temporary surface effect that does not last long. It has the nature to act as a water-binding agent that could hold up well, even when skin becomes wet.
What to know about Parabens and Silicones?
1. Parabens and Silicones are Chemicals of Concern in your beauty products:
Parabens and silicones have been used since the 1950s in most of the beauty products like deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more. Both are synthetic chemical molecules that could be hazardous to your skin/hair. They could give you a temporary complexion, glowing or shining effect but will not last as long as you think.
2. There’s a chance that they’re harmful
Studies have shown that parabens in general display estrogenic properties that have a possible link to cancer. On the other hand, Silicone is almost like rubber and/or plastic and when it is applied on the skin, there are chances that it could trap dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells and other debris along with it.
3. Parabens and Silicones are relatively low in cost
To get into the real fact, parabens and silicones are inexpensive and that is the reason why they are everywhere. Beauty companies are more concerned about their bottom lines than your skin. And moreover, they have a long shelf life than other naturally available organic ingredients.
4. There are alternatives!!
Parabens and Silicones have alternatives. Yes, of course! Do you need your skin/hair glow and shine without taking a risk? Check out these alternatives and you can find products that have these ingredients.
Parabens Alternatives: Vitamin E, rosemary extract, fermented radish root, grapefruit seed extract, sodium benzoate, and antioxidant oils such as almond, avocado, and hemp seed oil.
Silicone’s Alternatives: Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables
5. Silicones Can Cause Acne and Congestion
If you are acne-prone, the best suggestion for you is to avoid Silicones since this synthetic substance forms a barrier on top of your skin that locks in moisture which leads to increased breakouts and congestion. Also, they inhibit the cell renewal process by gradually slowing down the production of new cells and keeping dead cells stuck longer.
6. Parabens are hard to identify
In most of the cases, parabens will take many names or no names at all makes it even more difficult to identify them. Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Benzylparaben are the most common parabens in beauty products and have a stop when you find these on the ingredients list.
7. Better Go “Paraben free” and “Silicone free”
There are numerous synthetic-free products on the market that are more effective than products with parabens, silicones and related chemicals. Never make your purchasing decisions based on marketing and promotions. It is essential to educate ourselves about the ingredients that your beauty product contains by examining the label content. There are even certification bodies like ECOCERT and beauty products with this certificate follow the standards of developing natural and organic cosmetics.