Username:   Remember Me

Uber Articles {Über (ger) adj. above, beyond }

- Above and Beyond a Mere Article Directory


Why Search For Paraben Free Skin Care Products?

By Ann Jordan

Why should consumers even care about paraben free skin care products? Since from 70 to 90 percent of commercial bodycare products contain one or more of these commonly used chemicals, surely they must have been passed as safe by some watch dog organization. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Manufacturers add parabens for their preservative action. This practice has been going on for decades. There is no requirement for manufacturers to conduct exhaustive tests for safety on the ingredients they use, as long as they avoid the list of prohibited substances that the government has issued. Even then, the wise consumer is wary. Remember the recent warning of lead in some shades of red lipstick?

These substances do not seem to be harmful in the short term. Otherwise, they would not be used so extensively in things that people put on their faces and bodies. However, studies have shown that they are weak estrogen mimics, which means that the human system may absorb and hold them in place of actual hormones. Some breast cancer tumors have been shown to contain traces of parabens, which has raised the possibility that these substances could be carcinogens.

An ‘all-natural’ statement on the label does not mean that a product will be paraben-free, because these substances are derived in a laboratory from natural sources. They do not exist ‘as is’ in nature, but are a result of chemical processing. Consumers should check the label of any bottle or jar they are thinking of buying to check the list of ingredients. They are added to check the growth of mold, fungus, and bacteria in containers that will sit on a shelf for one to three years.

There are many forms of paraben, and some of the chemical names do not even contain that term. Any ingredient with the suffix or prefix of ethyl, butyl, mthyl, or propyl will be in this class of chemical. In the mainstream stores, you will find very few items without one or more of these substances listed on their label.

Products include shampoos and conditioners, body lotions and washes, deodorants, make-up, nail polish, and skin cleansers and moisturizers. As you can see, you may be coating your body from head to foot in these potentially harmful chemicals. Definitive studies are being done, but the results will need to examined and tests repeated before a definitive answer is reached.

Tests have shown that the use of products that contain these chemicals can worsen asthma, trigger allergies, heighten hyperactivity in children, irritate eyes and skin, and cause stomach distress. Those who suffer from one or more of these conditions could be paying a high price for clean hair and soft skin. There are also studies that suggest that long-term use of these chemicals can hasten the effects of aging on skin and hair.

To find paraben free skin care products, go online and do a simple search. There are brands that you can find in your regular drug or grocery store, and many others in health food stores or specialty shops. In fact, the variety of product lines is very extensive, and you can also find directions for making your own body care items at home, where you are in charge of the ingredients.

You can visit the website for more helpful information about The Value Of Paraben Free Skin Care Products

Article kindly provided by

Topics: Beauty | Comments Off

Tags: , , ,

Article Citation
MLA Style Citation:
Jordan, Ann "Why Search For Paraben Free Skin Care Products?." Why Search For Paraben Free Skin Care Products?. 10 Apr. 2013. 7 Oct 2014 <>.

APA Style Citation:
Jordan, A (2013, April 10). Why Search For Paraben Free Skin Care Products?. Retrieved October 7, 2014, from

Chicago Style Citation:
Jordan, Ann "Why Search For Paraben Free Skin Care Products?"

Reprint Rights

Creative Commons License
This article is subject to a revocable license under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License, which means you may freely reprint it, in its entirety, provided you include the author's resource box along with LIVE VISIBLE links (without "nofollow" tags). We may revoke the license at any time with or without cause. You must also include the credit to

Comments are closed.

Uber Articles and its partner sites cannot be held responsible for either the content nor the originality of any articles. If you believe the article has been stolen from you without your permission, please contact us and we will remove it immediately. If you have a problem with the accuracy or otherwise of the content of an article, please contact the author, not us! Also, please remember that any opinions and ideas presented in any of the articles are those of the author and cannot be taken to represent the opinions of Uber Articles. All articles are provided for informational purposes only. None of them should be relied upon for medical, psychological, financial, legal, or other professional advice. If you need professional advice, see a professional. We cannot be held responsible for any use or misuse you make of the articles, nor can we be held responsible for any claims for earnings, cures, or other results that the article might make.
  • RSS Feed

    RSS for Beauty