Paraben Gremlins – What nasties are lurking within your skin care?

8 Feb 2018 / Emma Smyth

There are so many skin care products on the market these days that consumers are often left overwhelmed by choice. Each brand will have their own sales pitch to include attractive product design and confusing terminology in a bid to push products into your home.

Our skin is precious. It’s our body’s coat to the outside world, keeping our organs in and harmful germs out. But what happens when we lather ourselves in products that penetrate the skin? Where do these ingredients go? And what effects do they have on the body?

Just like the food industry, all personal care products that contain water, like creams, lotions and gels require preservatives to prevent the growth of harmful organisms like bacteria, mould and yeast. Without these, products would be deemed unusable after a mere few days.

Parabens are some of the most widely used preservatives in cosmetic products, coming into use in the 1950s. Parabens easily penetrate the skin, moving into the bloodstream and travel around the body, with any excess later being excreted in the form of urine. Within the body, parabens mimic the hormone oestrogen and there are growing concerns that these products are directly affecting hormone levels in young girls and certain cancers in women.

In England between the years of 2005-2008,160 tissue samples were collected from mastectomies with a positive diagnosis of breast cancer and tested for the presence of parabens; Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben and Isobutylparaben.  Scarily, in 99% of cases, one or more parabens were detected, and in 60% of cases, all five were detected, further supporting the questionable safety of these particular preservatives.

Positively at Countryside Cosmetics, Emma is passionate about resourcing products with the highest safety profiles and she works closely with AlumierUK to provide her clients with medical grade luxury skin care, using unquestionably safe and effective preservative systems. In light of the information above, AlumierUK does not use parabens in any of their products.

For healthy skin solutions selected for your specific needs, please contact Emma Smyth to book yourself for an informal consultation.

Paraben Gremlins – What nasties are lurking within your skin care?

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