What are parabens and why is it better to avoid them?
The natural cosmetics in our assortment do not contain parabens or other harmful substances, but you can find parabens in many other 'conventional' cosmetics products. About 75% of our skin, hair, mouth care products and make-up contain parabens. They are also in many processed foods and medications. So you are very likely to encounter them on a daily basis. Don't forget laundry and cleaning products either.
Parabens are preservatives that prolong the shelf life of personal care products. They seem harmless, but parabens are absorbed by your body and are endocrine disruptors.
This can unbalance your hormone balance. Your personal care products may have a longer shelf life, but it does your hormone balance little good.
If you are unlucky, you can be sensitive to these products and develop an allergy. This often manifests itself in skin problems such as eczema. Usually the symptoms are mild, but very annoying. You may experience redness or bumps, scaling, itching and swelling. You often see it develop on the neck or face, but also on your arms, armpits and hands.
Parabens best to avoid:
- Ethylparaben (E214)
- Methylparaben (E218)
Source: Zustainabox, Eczema & psoriasis