SKIN HEALTH ENEMY (1) - PARABENS
Parabens are preservatives used for production stabilisation and to prevent bacterial growth. Parabens can be absorbed through the skin and they imitate estrogens in the body to increase it's production in your body.
Too much estrogen in a woman's body raise risk of breast cancer. Estrogen is a female hormone known to cause both normal and cancerous breast cells to grow and divide. Even "if" parabens are weak estrogens, you should not be looking at one chemical in isolation. Furthermore, most of you are not using just 1 or 2 items with parabens, but an entire bathroom of products. Numerous university studies in the UK and US have linked parabens to breast cancer, increased body weight in the mid-section, thigh fats and accelerated aging.
Whatever you buy, you should consider going paraben-free, wherever possible. Go through ingredient list in small print looking out for names that end in 'paraben' like propylparaben, isopropyl-, butyl, and isobutylparaben helps though not all parabens have '-ben' or "yl" in their name, benzoic acid is an example.
The rapidly growing field of nanotechnology and its widespread use in cosmetics is a major concern for consumers. Nanoparticles may sure sound like science, but they are very bad for your skin. Nanoparticles cause a normal skin cell growth to break down, resulting in pre-mature wrinkles and deepening of the wrinkles you already have.
What's worse, nano's are often found in anti-aging skin care products and majority of sunscreens out in the market. Read labels with care and exercise discretion. There is currently a voluntary ban on the use of nano's in some parts of US, Europe and New Zealand.
The irony? Commercial manufacturers know that when ingredients in sunscreens and anti-aging products are converted into nanoparticles, the end-product usually display unique properties that can benefit the skin in ways that larger sized particles cannot. This is also one of the major reasons a total ban is not possible or favourable, and despite health hazards, consumers are unwilling to give up their favourite sunscreen loaded with titanium dioxide.
Fragrance or Parfum might sound harmless, but what they do are anything but that. Most products labeled fragrance-free do contain a small amount of fragrance - otherwise all you will smell are the icky chemicals, oils and fats used in your lotion and cream.
All synthetic fragrances contain Phthalates, a group of endocrine-disrupting chemical toxins. Unfortunately, phthalates have been linked to depression, sleep disorder, weight gain, infertility, cancer and altered immune system. Even food contain phthalates! I can't stress this enough - you are BOTH what you eat and use on your skin and body. The slightest disturbance to your natural hormonal balance affects your mood, sleep, weight, appearance, fertility, energy and anxiety levels. Would you not agree that's a lot at stake?!
If you must use a product with fragrance or parfum, make sure that the label states phthalate-free fragrance. That is the only way you can be sure that the synthetic fragrances in your body and skin care products are safer for use.
And remember - fragrance oil, concentrate and extracts are not natural or pure essential oil, even though merchants claim they are botanical or naturally derived. Synthetic fragrance and perfume are created in a laboratory, not grown on farms.