Skin Care Products that Should be Paraben-Free

A growing trend of paraben-free products is sprawling the market. Following the trend, the leading dermatology and skin care expert in the Philippines launched paraben-free products as parabens were found to be linked to cancer. Belo product from the Belo Essentials has removed paraben from its list of ingredients to make it safe for its consumers. Parabens are used as a preservative in various cosmetic products. However, it is listed as a category 1 substance by the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption. Parabens are often listed as methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutyl paraben, ethylparaben and poly paraben.

Look out for these substances when using these skin care products:

  1. Facial moisturizers

Parabens are added to the mix of ingredients to preserve the shelf life of moisturizers. Facial moisturizers are used to minimize the loss of moisture from the skin by creating a barrier on the face that gives a plump and healthy appearance. All ages use moisturizers, so it is alarming to find dozens of brands containing paraben.

  1. Anti- aging creams

Signs of aging ranks number one in the list of concerns women have with their skin. The birth od anti-aging creams lessened the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines of the busy and fast-paced women. Including paraben in anti-aging creams may have prolonged its expiration, but it increases the risk of breast cancer development as the skin quickly absorbs it. Anti-aging creams used more than once per day may cause rashes, redness and skin irritation.

  1. Foundation

Foundations come in different types: liquid and powder. Liquid and powder foundations are applied on the face and neck to even out skin tone and cover unwarranted blemishes. Some foundations contain SPF, making it a necessity and part of the daily skin care regimen. Regardless of the formulation, foundations include some parabens as to allow the products to last a long time. Liquid foundations have a shelf life of six months while loose and compact powder foundations can be stashed for a year.

Being aware of what makes up these skin care products is a step to becoming a responsible and conscious consumer. Going paraben free is not only for the improvement of the well-being but also changes the beauty and cosmetic industry one product at a time.

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What are Parabens?

In 2017, the makeup culture has become more prominent than ever. With contouring sticks, highlighting powders, magic concealers to a myriad of foundations, women who have a penchant for makeup are in no shortage when it comes to a variety of cosmetic products. But as with most beauty products, most cosmetics have a shelf-life and are likely to breed to bacteria due to prolonged use. To address this, many cosmetic companies have started incorporating parabens into their beauty products to preserve them and prevent bacteria growth.

Parabens have been widely used since its advent in the 1950’s. In fact, most cosmetic products contain them. However, it is not until recently that the cosmetic ingredient has garnered so much criticism and vilification. While they have a long history of safe use, new preservatives are not yet proven to have the same track record—especially when more than one form of the ingredient is used in a product. Some of the most common paraben products are propylparaben, methylparaben, and butylparaben. In the nineties, it has been found that parabens have agents that mimic estrogen in the body and 2004, it was associated with malignant breast tumors which gave the cosmetic ingredient a bad reputation.

However, while parabens have been linked to a strain of cancer, it has also been shown that the presence of parabens in tumors does not prove that it was the primary cause of the cancer which renders the study moot. Considering that there is no concrete scientific evidence to support the link between parabens and any form of cancer, it would be unfair to dismiss products with this cosmetic agent as unsafe. However, it would bode you well to be cautious and mindful. If you want to play safe, you can opt for cosmetic products that are paraben free or those that use oil-based products that do not contain water (as the usage of water necessitates a preservative). Alternatively, you can also use products that use parabens in limited quality.

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Hello Legazpi City, Albay.

Good news to all SarahG’s fans! Belo Essentials is giving away a 3 tickets worth P1k each to Sarah’s concert there on May 19. 😊

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