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:
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.
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.
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.