Hello there and welcome along to this page. I wanted to give you a few ideas on the best paraben free shampoo options there are in the market at the moments. I will also go into some details on what parabens are and why they are not good for us. I have written an article about some options available out there, today I will drill into some more detail for you 🙂
So, what are parabens?
Thankfully, today we are becoming more and more aware of the chemicals adding into the products we use. Some can be harmless, others can and have been known to cause all sorts of issues with our skin and bodies. Well, parabens are chemicals added to products to to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative. These can be found in deodorants, lipsticks, shampoos, body washes and loads more. They have been used since the 1950’s, the main parabens that are used are; methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. Over the past few years, a debate has been building amongst scientists. The debate is between product safety regulators and cosmetic manufacturers about whether these chemicals may actually be harmful for your health.
Are parabens bad for you?
There are some very vocal individuals in regards to this area. The main person is Phillipa Dabre, a senior lecture in oncology and researcher in bio-molecular sciences. Her area of expertise is the impact of estrogen on breast cancer. Phillipa and her team, published a study that detected parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from breast tumour biopsies. Her study didn’t prove that parabens cause cancer, only that they were easily detected among cancerous cells. The concern was about lotions and deodorants being applied under the arms or near the breast area.
A Danish study raised concerns also. It showed that Parabens could be found in the blood and urine of healthy young male volunteers. These were detected even a few hours after they were applied to the skin. These studies have also shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells, and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumours.
“We’ve known for more than 25 years that estrogen exposure is linked to breast cancer development and progression; it is the reason tamoxifen (commonly prescribed to women with breast cancer) is used to disrupt estrogen receptors,” says Darbre. “So it is not such a leap to be concerned that repeated, cumulative, long-term exposure to chemicals that weakly mimic estrogen might have an impact.”
Although, not confirmed by research, i’m keeping away from them…
Do we really need them?
The questions that have been raised from these studies, make you wonder if parabens are really necessary. Although there is no definitive answer to these studies, the realisation of the parabens being found in the body does concern me personally. Do we really need them in our products? Personally, I don’t think so. We have many organic, chemical free options out there on the market, there is no real need for the parabens to be added. A lot of the products we use, are used within a few months and sealed in containers. Why slather ourselves with chemicals we don’t know the answer to yet. Why slather ourselves in chemicals at all when we have so many options available to us!? For a lot of paraben free products, the manufacturers are delving into herbs and essential oils that have natural preservatives properties.
Storing products in the fridge
Products like lotions and creams are best stored in the fridge if they are paraben free. The main reason behind using parabens still today, is the manufactures believe we don’t want to do this. Having a little space in your fridge for these products, as well as the herbs etc helping preserve them, storing them in the fridge will also help fight bacteria growth.
If you’re looking to steer clear of products that contain parabens, opt for ones that use ingredients such as ethylhexylglycerin (which is plant-derived) or phenoxyethanol, another alternative to parabens, a naturally derived ether alcohol.
Chemicals are chemicals, no matter what. Everything is best used in moderation. Switching up your beauty routine and rotate between different products is best. Also, looking for oil based products instead of water, as water calls for a preservative to be added. They often come in dark container with a pump so that light and air do not degrade them too quickly. Stick with the use by dates – like milk, the date is there for a reason. The amount of people I know that have mascara that’s years old… chuck it out and get a new one!
Below is a list of some of the manufacturers that have paraben free shampoo products: