Thursday, April 25, 2013

Do you know what is in your skin products? Part 4 of 5

Continuation of April 24th article: Do you know what is in your skin products? Part 3 of 5

Methylparaben –   There are not many good things to say about this chemical.  It is highly controversial preservative in cosmetics and food.  Sadly it is widely used in skin creams and deodorants.   Studies have linked Methylparaben to breast tumors.  The tumors were found to have high levels of methylparaben even when only small amounts are used in products.
Methylparaben quickly absorbs in the skin.  Alongside all the other ingredients listed in this skin cream, your skin does not have a chance!

Methylparaben is found in most sunscreen.  When methylparaben comes in contact with UV Rays it kills the skin cells.  It is also found in eye drops.  Again, even small amounts can cause damage.  Studies have shown a connection to ocular damage.

Finally it is listed on the Hazardous Substances Data Bank list. 

Propylparaben - Is naturally derived from plants, as well as a few different types of insects.  It is also manufactured synthetically and is widely used in the skin care and cosmetic industries as a preservative.

Most research finds little to no harmful reactions to Propylparaben.  However there are some who find issue with it.  The main concern with propylparaban is it mimics estrogen and can trick the body with it presence.  Though estrogen is essential for female development, improper regulation of estrogen in the female body has many negative side effects. 

Water base cosmetics depend on this ingredient.  Without it bacteria, algae and fungi and mold can form.  Preservatives are added to both sustain the shelf life of the product and protect the consumer.  

Fragrance - are synthetic.   Research has shown fragrance oils are the most common cause to allergic reaction in products.  Even though some fragrances may contain essential oils it still has a synthetic base.

Fragrances do not always show signs they are irritating the skin.  As the fragrance is absorbed into the skin it will begin breaking down the collagen in the lower levels of the skin.  When the skin breaks down it is unable to heal properly.  Those with rosaceous, acne or other skin conditions should avoid any product that contains fragrances.  

Fragrance oils are not regulated by the government and those who manufacture the fragrance are not required to disclose what is in their formulas.  You have no idea what synthetic chemical you are putting on your skin. 

See part 5 of 5 on Fri., April 25th.

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