I'm back with more important news: Look out for parabens!
Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in our cosmetic and personal care products. They are chemicals that have been used since the 1950s to prevent bacteria, fungus and microbes from growing in largely manufactured skin and body care product.
This sounds good right, in order to increase the shelf life of our deodorants, lotions, lipstcks, make-up, shampoos, body scrubs, and other body care product...?
But, there's a catch!
Why is this ingredient so important to look out for - especially for woman?
Parabens mimic our female hormone - estrogen, which is why they have been labeled as xenostrogens. Xeno meaning "foreign" or "strange".
Many studies show that parabens (fake estrogen) mirror the activity of the natural hormone estrogen in the body’s cells, disrupting our body's natural production of estrogen. The artificial hormone paraben has been found present in breast tumors and cyst. High exposure to these chemicals can cause excess stress on the woman's body.
The problem here for women is that we use skin and body care product daily, multiple times a day at that! So the potential for parabens to permeate our skin and blood barrier is extremely high. In the woman, these extra xenohormones (fake hormones) contribute to tumor and cyst growth, early menopause symptoms, thyroid issues, weight gain, menstrual irregularities, thinning hair, mood swings, depression, insomnia and the list goes on...
⚠️Watch out for ingredients named methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben. Product ingredient labels typically list more than one paraben in a product and parabens are often used in combination with other types.
♻️Safe, non-toxic, paraben-free and organic products with the purpose of limiting women's exposure to chemicals in personal care and cosmetic products is the ideal goal - aligned with our wellness, good for our health!
Be good to your body, be good to you!
Love and Health,
Herbalist, Nutritionist & Holistic Health Educator
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