So, here we go... how to answer questions about bath product chemicals related to cancer, when I have cancer and sell bath products... some of which have these chemicals.
Most important to note in my book? Read your labels, learn your ingredients, don't panic and we will all eventually get on great skin and food diets.
Here is the wiki link, it tells a little, but it is pretty biased toward the safety
of them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parabens
We live in a less than perfect time for both food and personal care products. Parabens are SYNTHETIC preservatives that are used to prevent bacteria and mould from growing in food and personal care products. Without preservatives many of your bath, skin and hair products would go bad within a day or two of opening them. Most products have either oil or water or both in them. Oil goes rancid. Water grows bacteria. Anything called lotion or cream has both water and oil in the recipe. Parabens are the most used preservatives on the North American market but the links to female related cancers are a little too scary to ignore. A British researcher said "Parabens have been shown to mimic the action of estrogen. Estrogen is known to drive the growth of human breast tumours" Dr Philippa Darbre of the University of Reading. Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumours which suggests they leached into the tissue after being applied to the skin.
The general consensus in the small Bath and Body care company market is that Parabens suck. Ellenoire is constantly striving to find other options. I, Noelle have a very specific opinion on how to deal with the paraben issue in day to day life based only on what I have read.
This is my philosophy: Treat paraben preserved products like you should treat your food. Use/eat as few synthetic things as you can. Artificial colours, fragrances, and chemically altered/ synthetic food and products have far too few years of research for us to know how safe they are. In our lifetimes we may never know for sure. Some of us will get sick and/or die from using/ consuming things that are man altered.
Nasty? Yes! but we simply do not have enough information to know for sure. So. How do you get through the day with your products? Go through your bathroom, learn your ingredients. Limit your exposure. Use only one or two a day that have parabens/nasty chemicals in them. Use/ eat organic when you can afford it.
Call me when you are ready to try some paraben free things and learn more about anti aging products you can eat and drink.
Does this help? I hope so!
If not ...ask me more!