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What are parabens and are they bad for me?

Parabens are used in skin care, make up and personal care products as a preservative.  Manufacturers continue to use this preservative because it is an inexpensive and easy option.  Whilst the jury is still out on this, many countries have banned it from cosmetics ingredients as there is a lot of evidence which shows it is not safe.

The health scare around parabens concerns their ability to mimic the female hormone oestrogen. When paraben based products are applied to the skin some of the parabens are absorbed into the blood stream. Excess oestrogen is thought to stimulate cancer growth and when some researchers found parabens in breast cancer tumours they used this as evidence of a link between breast cancer and parabens.

So, yes we would recommend you avoid them. All Beyond Organic Skincare products are free not just of parabens, but all synthetic chemicals.

Here's a list of the 5 most common parabens:

methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben & iso-butylparaben

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