Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Paraben Free Is The Way To Be!

Hey Dreamers! As many of you know from previous posts, I am ALL about using products that are healthy and don't cause me to break out, which can be tough because my skin is sensitive. I want to write a blog post to go a bit in depth about a harmful ingredient that is in many of your everyday products...Parabens! Dun! Dun! Dunnn!!
 
 
Seriously. You need to be informed about exactly what you are putting on your skin, which just so happens to be your LARGEST organ. You may have heard companies say they are paraben free, yet may be unsure about why that is so important. Parabens can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, deodorants, shaving gels, tanning lotions, sunscreen, cleaning gels and more! As you can see, a great percentage of products we purchase every day contain some form of paraben, so it can be difficult to find products without them. #Struggles. Let me explain further about Parabens.

What Are Parabens?

Simply put, Parabens are preservatives used in cosmetic products. They are used to fight bacteria, fungus, microbes and are widely available costing very little to manufacture and use. You can recognize Parabens by their chemical names-methyparaben, ethylparaben, propyparaben, butlyparaben and isobutlparaben.

Why Are They Bad?

Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is also known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. Now before I go any further I would just like to say that I am a 2x cancer survivor who has gone through chemo and radiation. Trust me, it's no walk in the park. So if you ever read anything that tells you not to worry about Parabens affecting your body, know doing so is taking a HUGE risk! I decided to completely cut off any and all cosmetic brands that could be linked to Parabens. *Fun Fact* Did you know that the European FDA has banned Parabens and a number of other harmful ingredients from their cosmetics?

 
Take a moment to think about what exactly you are gaining when you gamble your health for "popular" name brands. If it's how your makeup brand leaves you with amazing and flawless coverage, then I suggest you click here for a brand I wholeheartedly trust becuause it's Paraben free, toxin-free, hypoallergenic and doesn't break me out! Look at this coverage!


I also recently discovered a skincare brand called CocoRoo that offers a line of moisturizers and a scrub that are certified organic and is made with extra virgin cold-pressed coconut oil. Sounds delicious right?! One of their moisturizers called "Naturally Naked" also contains Macadamia nut oil added for its ability to be absorbed quickly by the skin without leaving a greasy and heavy feeling. Literally only TWO ingredients in this moisturizer you guys! You can't go wrong with that.




Want Your Body Free Of Parabens?

There is a simple and FREE solution you guys. Read. Labels! Look for anything that ends in "Paraben" and run the other way. #Aintnobodygottimeforthat There is nothing wrong with wanting to take precautions when it comes to your body. Things that were once considered fine in our society (smoking, excessive fake tanning, etc.) are now coming back to haunt us. There are plenty of sale alternatives that are available to us, so shopping for Paraben free products is 100% possible.

I can't wait to share with you some more Paraben free products I have recently discovered. Stay tuned!

25 comments :

  1. Great post! I try to steer clear of parabens as much as possible, especially with shampoos. This post just reminded me to check a few other products I own that I am unsure about though, so thank you! And congrats on beating cancer not once, but twice! That's amazing! <3

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    1. Thank you so much Jana! I am glad the post motivated you to check your other products <3

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  2. I will certainly be more mindful of the skincare products I am using and I really don't wear makeup with the exception of mascara and lipstick. This was a very informative post with awesome pictures.
    This post is from Evelyn Reese

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    1. Thanks for commenting Evelyn! I agree I don't wear foundation every day or even lipstick but when I do I make sure it's not harmful and I stay looking natural :)

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  3. I'm so glad you wrote about this! You're so right about our skin being our biggest organ and how important it is to be mindful of what we put on it. I haven't heard of CocoRoo, but will definitely be checking them out in the future. Thanks so much for a great recommendation

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    1. I am so glad to share my findings with you Alison! Make sure to come back in the future see more products that are Paraben free <3

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  4. I want to see that list because I never thought of this before. I have been using the same brand for years but I am ready to change it.

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    1. It's always great to switch up to healthier brands! I will make sure to share with you all every time I find a Paraben free item <3

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  5. I have heard Parabens are not good. I don't think I've ever heard an actual reason why. I didn't know they contained estrogen that could cause breast cancer. I'm going to look through my stuff and get rid of anything that is paraben free and I will look closely before buying things.

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    1. Yes! Such a great idea. I will make sure to post whenever I find Paraben free products so make sure to check back often ;)

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  6. I find it remarkable how many chemicals are banned in the EU in comparison to the USA. The amount potentially very harmful results that can come of using these chemicals is worrying, so its even better you have written this to inform people of the potential dangers.

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    1. It really is crazy how different the USA is from other places. I am so glad you were able to find something useful in my blog post :)

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  7. Parabens scare me, same with microbeads. Totally not needed!

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  8. You are absolutely right - it is very important to know what we are putting on our body. I didn't know about the negatives of parabens until I started wearing my hair natural. This was about 6 years ago. I can't believe all that time I didn't know about it!

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    1. It's crazy right! I plan on writing up some blog posts in the future about natural hair products as well. Hope to see you here again :)

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  9. I've also gone ahead and started using paraben free products. That is one of the reasons why I like Shea Moistures shampoos they are paraben, sulfate, and organic.

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    1. Oh that is so true! I plan on writing up some blog posts in the future about natural hair products as well!

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  10. Wow....that's a powerful stat comparison between the US and EU. I'll admit, the only skin products I use are body oils (which I usually carefully check the ingredients) and lotions. After reading this I'm definitely going to pay closer attention to the ingredient labels of lotions now.

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    1. I know right! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  11. Great Post! I always wondered what the parabens were, I just knew that we were told to stay away from them. IT's crazy to think that the United States gets away with sooo much more...scary!

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    1. It is scary! It's all about the $$ here. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Thanks for this post. We hear about all of these things to stay away from but people don't usually get into the why of it all. It's so important to look out for what we use in and on our bodies!

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    1. Amen to that Cam! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  13. I knew parabens are bad, but never really asked the question why. Thank you for clearing this out for me. Now I will know to pay more attention to the ingredients of my skincare.

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