How to ditch parabens, Glosscar winners, Real Housewife makeover
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.