You’ve probably heard the bad news in beauty products: parabens are proving to be at worst carcinogens and at best unnecessary chemicals that are adding to the toxification of our bodies and our world. These sneaky substances get literally under your skin and stay there, even showing up intact in cancer tissues! Parabens aren’t going anywhere unless we make the switch to a healthier, natural approach to beauty that includes paraben free face care as well as paraben free lotions and creams.
The chemical paraben appears in most commercial (and nearly all the cheap brands) beauty products. Unlike paraben free products which rely on natural preservatives, these chemical laden options depend on paraben to extend their shelf life and help the products resist high temperatures. If you aren’t sure whether your current skin care products contain these chemicals, just read the labels. Look for methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben-they are all equally responsible for increasing the amount of chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. Paraben is an inexpensive additive that can greatly extend the life of beauty products so it is very popular with mass produced brands of beauty products. The better, and more expensive ingredients in paraben free lotions and creams don’t lend themselves to commercial, large scale production. The big companies spend millions on advertising, but not on the quality or ingredients of their products when they choose to use parabens.
As we all start to understand the impact of our lifestyles on the environment, ourselves and our families, the choice to move toward a paraben free face care regimen seems simple. Just as 40 years ago, we used leaded gasoline to fuel our cars, seemingly without giving thought to the impact on our environment, our beauty industry has been inundated with chemicals. In this new age of green awareness, even your personal care products deserve a second look. With concerns about breast cancer being linked to the parabens in everything from shampoo to deodorant, it is time to rethink the products we absorb with our skin.
When you think about taking care of your skin, you probably don’t imagine yourself slathering your face or body with chemicals, right? If you make the switch to paraben free face care and paraben free lotions and creams, you won’t be adding any chemicals to your skin at all. Instead, you will be pampering your skin with whole, natural oils and botanicals that will improve the look, feel and texture of your face and body. You can also rest assured that you aren’t increasing your risk of developing cancers or adding to the increasing pollution of our environment. And, really, you shouldn’t have to worry about disease or pollution when you just want to take care of your skin!
Paraben free face care products can do the same job as their chemical-filled counterparts and they actually do it better (and without the worry that chemicals add to the mix). Paraben free lotions and creams depend on oils such as jojoba, olive and grapeseed as the basis for their hydrating abilities and as natural preservatives, rather than chemicals. It seems that, as we get back to a more natural approach to skin care, we actually will end up with better looking skin and a more youthful appearance.
Another key ingredient in most natural, paraben free lotions and creams is manuka honey, which is well known for its antioxidant properties and as a natural preservative. It also provides a barrier for the skin, protecting it from environmental dangers, and helps skin regenerate itself for a fresher and younger appearance. All the natural ingredients in paraben free face care go a long way to make your beauty regimen more effective and more earth friendly. It’s a win-win situation!
To learn more about natural paraben free face care, as well as paraben free lotions and creams check out my website, www.MyNaturalSkinCareMD.com.
Melissa Burdon is both a professional model and an online business consultant. She lives an active lifestyle and her hobbies include snowboarding, rock climbing, wakeboarding and acting.
She believes strongly in the principal that what goes in and on our bodies influences our overall well being, and she is constantly researching the best products to help her live her best life.
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