We as a society are living at a time in history where we are constantly judged based on what we eat, or what products we use that many of us feel as though we are constantly obtaining unsolicited opinions from our peers, the media and even strangers overhearing our conversations in Sephora or the market. People say things like “oh, use this organic product for that!” or “That is chock-full of chemicals what are you thinking!” or if you know someone like my grandma, “Use vinegar for that, it’s the only thing that works!” Do any of us even know why people are telling us these things, or what information is the truth?
Let's take a look at one of the most commonly discussed ingredients out there -- parabens.
What are parabens? Parabens are an inexpensive synthetic preservative that is used in a wide range of personal care and household products due to their low cost. A paraben's purpose is to keep bacteria and fungi out of your products in order to provide a longer shelf life. Parabens can even be found as additives in your food! There are five common forms of parabens: butylparaben, isobutylparaben ethylparaben, methylparaben and propylparabens.
What can parabens do to you? Parabens can be absorbed into your body through your pores and mimic hormones, this event disrupts our endocrine system which leads to dysfunction throughout our entire bodies. Our endocrine system sends hormones throughout our bodies via our bloodstream. If parabens are mimicking hormones, parabens get passed through our bloodstream as if they were hormones. Parabens have been linked to causing puberty in adolescents as young as eight years! Parabens have also been linked to causing decreased sperm concentration in males.
This is especially relevant to you parents out there when considering which products to use on babies. Always check the label!
How can we avoid parabens? Don’t fret, avoiding parabens in the products we bring into our homes is getting easier. With health concerns surrounding this synthetic chemical major companies are being forced to compete with smaller companies and begin to develop lines of paraben free products. Even if the label doesn’t advertise that it is a paraben free product, a quick rule of thumb is you can pick up the product and check the ingredients. If the product is oil based or water free, that is your clue that it is also paraben free! Which, of course, includes all of The Relievery's