Beauty

How to ditch parabens, Gloss­car win­ners, Real House­wife makeover

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

WHAT ARE PARABENS?

Parabens have been around since the 1950s and ap­pear in many of your favourite prod­ucts. A class of chem­i­cal com­pounds, they are added to cos­metic and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts to pre­vent bac­te­ria and fun­gus form­ing and to ex­tend shelf life.

SOUNDS GOOD, RIGHT?

Un­for­tu­nately not. Not only can parabens ir­ri­tate the skin, sci­en­tists have also found they pen­e­trate the blood­stream, which may lead to health is­sues down the line.

HOW DO WE AVOID THEM?

Look at prod­uct la­bels and keep an eye out for in­gre­di­ents like butyl­paraben, methyl­paraben, and propy­l­paraben – these are the most com­monly used parabens. Take small steps first, and maybe start by swap­ping to a paraben-free body lo­tion (which coats a large area of skin) and then move on to the rest of your prod­ucts one by one.

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