In the world of skincare, the quest for healthy, radiant skin often leads us down a labyrinth of ingredients, each claiming its own set of benefits. And thanks to TikTok, sometimes we're applying pretty rogue ingreidnents on our faces - snail mucin, really? (though, we do love it!).
However, among these ingredients, one particular group has sparked considerable controversy: PARABENS. These chemicals, once ubiquitous in skincare products, have faced heaps of scrutiny over the years due to concerns about their health effects.
What Are Parabens?
Parabens are a group of synergic preservatives commonly used in cosmetics; skincare products, personal care items and even in some of the stuff you eat. They've been utilised since 50s to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in various consumer products. Some of the most frequently encountered parabens include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.
The Purpose of Parabens in Skincare
So, what's the point of a paraben, you ask? The primary function is to extend shelf life of products by inhibiting growth of microorganisms. This preservation property helps prevent contamination and maintains the stability of skincare formulations over time. Parabens are particularly effective at preventing the degradation of water-based products such as lotions, creams, serums, which are prone to microbial growth.
Are Parabens Safe?
One of the main issues with parabens is their ability to mimic estrogen, a hormone naturally produced by the body. Some studies have suggested that parabens can disrupt hormone function and potentially contribute to hormonal imbalances, reproductive issues, and even certain types of cancer. (Rest assured, we don't use any parabens in Liha's products).
Also, parabens have been detected in human breast tissue and other bodily fluids, raising questions about their ability to accumulate in the body over time. While the concentrations found in skincare products are generally low, the cumulative exposure from multiple sources, including personal care items, cosmetics, and environmental sources, is a cause for concern among some health experts and consumers.
In the realm of skincare, knowledge is power. As consumers, it's essential to educate ourselves about the ingredients in the products we use and make informed choices based on our individual preferences and concerns. While the debate surrounding parabens continues, many skincare brands now offer paraben-free options, providing consumers with alternatives that align with their values and safety preferences.
Ultimately, the decision to use products containing parabens or opt for paraben-free alternatives rests with each individual. By staying informed, reading labels, and considering the latest scientific evidence, we can navigate the world of skincare with confidence, knowing that we're making choices that prioritize our health and well-being.
So, if you want skincare that's clean - you know what to get. All of our products are all natural and contain minimal ingredients. Good for you and good for the planet!
Abi + Liha