Recall what you did this morning.
Wake up. Jump into the showers. Slather on some body wash. Quickly wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner because you are almost late for work. Slap on some serum and cream on your face. Put on your eyeliner, mascara, foundation, blush and powder. Throughout the day, you put on hand lotion to keep your hands from cracking. After a long day, the first thing you want to do when you get home is remove your make up then sleep. You soak your eyes with makeup remover. Clean your face with a cleanser and finish off with toner and night cream.
Does that somewhat depicts your daily routine? Some of us might skip the makeup or the toner etc. But I hope shower and hair-washing applies to you. *sniff…sniff*
How many personal care products did you use? 3? 7? more than 10? Do you look at the ingredients on the label? You are putting yourself in danger if you are not aware of the ingredients manufacturers put in these products.
The deadly ingredient I want to point out is Paraben.
Parabens are used to prevent the growth of microbes. In other words, they are the preservatives in consumer products. That’s why the never-finished shampoo that has been sitting in your cabinet 3 years ago STILL smells gorgeous with no mold.
Why should I care?
Many studies have shown the association between breast cancer and parabens. Specifically, an UK study detected 5 kinds of parabens in the dissected breast tumors of 19 out of 20 women studied. They are also linked to reporductive toxicity, immunotoxicity (functioning of your immune system), neurotoxicity and skin irritation/allergies. And the very important concern of all… Parabens age your skin, diminish skin tone and accelerate the formation of wrinkles and age spots.
The government does have regulations on the concentration of parabens the manufacturer may use in their products. However, these restrictions do not account for exposure to parabens from several products by a single individual.
What should I do?
Read the labels! From skin care products, cosmetics, personal hygiene items and even food (scary how they put these in food nowadays). Watch out for Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben and other ingredients ending in -paraben.
Try to switch up your routine and use as many natural and organic cosmetics/skin care as you can. They usually have a shorter shelf-life if not created with the right scientific technology. The longest preservative-free skin care and body care products that I know of has a 2-year shelf life.
Next time you want to buy a body wash or a new cleanser, think parabens… and think aging… and choose wisely =]
Have a wonderful Easter holiday!!