Debunking: Parabens

Debunking: Parabens

There are so many myths in beauty; new formulations, new fads, things to avoid and things that your skincare absolutely must contain. How often do we truly understand what they are?
At Bambu Beauty we believe that knowledge is power, so we arm you with all you need to know to be able to make good beauty decisions. We trust in our products so much that we detangle them ingredient by ingredient.
 
 
Last night I was talking to a friend about the products we sell on Bambu and he asked whether parabens are a plastic… an innocent question which became the catalyst for our first ever blog post! (Hoorah!)
 
Parabens are one of those substances that we are told to avoid at all cost, but how many of us could explain what a paraben is and why it’s so bad?
 
By the end of this post you’re going to be a paraben guru, entertaining all of your friends on a Friday night and saving loads of money on beauty products which are nothing more than clever marketing. So let’s dive in…
 
What are parabens?
 
In short, parabens are a preservative used in cosmetics to reduce the rate of bacterial growth in products – making them safer for longer. They’re man-made and easily identifiable in ingredients lists because they often end in “paraben” – common culprits are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben.
 
They’ve not been proven to cause cancer, but in 2004 a British study found that parabens were present in the breast tissue of 19 out of the 20 women studied. They’ve been proven to be absorbed through the skin and into tissue, which given they’re synthetic probably isn’t a good thing.
Environmental impact
 
They’re not just suspicious for human health, they’re also bad for the environment. Parabens have been found in marine mammals, likely from washing products down the sink and being released into the oceans.
 
Should I throw my products away?
 
It’s likely you have products in your bathroom cabinet which contain parabens. What should you do?
 
Firstly, don’t panic. There’s no proven link between parabens and cancer, so whilst they’re getting into our tissue we don’t yet know the impact they are really having. If you’ve been using your products for years then there’s no need to immediately ditch it, though it’s entirely your call.
 
By replacing the products containing parabens with 100% natural alternatives you’re able to slowly remove parabens without hitting your wallet too hard. We have a large range of products available and can’t wait for the new plastic-free moisturiser, eye cream and wet face mask to be released!
 
Conclusion
 
Make an educated decision about what you put on your skin; after all, 60% of what goes on your skin is absorbed. Using products which are natural is a great place to start.
 

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