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INGREDIENTS TO AVOID: Paraben

Hi!
Sorry for the skip last week as I was pursuing my wanderlust :)

This week, the ingredient to avoid is:

PARABEN






Purpose/Usage

Synthetic preservative
Lengthens the shelf life of a cosmetic product

Commonly found in soap, skincare, body care, hair care, toothpaste, deodorant.


Why should you avoid it:


It has been found in breast tissue (google Dr. Philippa Darbre), and may be playing a role in the development of breast cancers. It also acts like estrogen in the body, and that could lead to impaired fertility or fetal development. 

Other health concerns includes Endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity.

How to identify on a label:

Alkyl parahydroxybenzoate, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparabens


Safer alternatives:

1) For starters, avoid buying products with parabens! Hahaha!
Look at the ingredient list and look for products that states that it is free from parabens!

2) Vitamin E
Vitamin E contains natural antioxidants which extend the life of your products.

3) Keep it cool & clean
If you want to preserve the lifespan of products that are free from paraben, keep it in a cool environment and try to minimize exposing the product to moisture and bacteria! 

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