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We are swamped by beauty products all around us. Coupled that with great marketing, everything looks enticing to make us look and feel confident, beautiful and flawless.

But have you ever pick up a beauty product, turn it around, read the ingredients and don’t understand any of it?

The jargon, complicated long scientific and chemical names are enough to make us give up pronouncing them, what more to understand them.

We will add to the list in this ‘Ingredients Dictionary’ for beauty, personal care and cosmetics products on how these synthetic and harmful ingredients affect us.


Ahhh, one of the famous one.

These days we see a lot of ‘Paraben Free’ products on the shelf. It is good that cosmetic manufacturers are paying attention to the harm and toxicity paraben can be for us.

It comes in different form names:

Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben

Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in to prevent mould, fungus and bacteria from forming in personal care, beauty care and cosmetic products.

However, parabens possess a greater risk to us. Studies have shown that they are endocrine (hormone) disruptors, mimicking estrogen. The very same paraben chemicals absorb through the skin and are found in samples biopsy of breast cancer tumours.

According to research conducted at Cornell University, parabens mimic estrogen, which can cause an increase in the incidence of breast cancer. In fact, a 2004 study found that 19 out of 20 patients who were tested had some type of paraben in their breast cancer tissues.

Environment Working Group (EWG) listed parabens as a high human endocrine disruptor and cause toxicity to the immune system.

There’s always the first step to everything. And it starts with us reading the label ingredients. Being beautiful shouldn’t come with great risk and plays a part in healthy living.



Ingredient Watch List: Parabens


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