You must have come across tons of beauty products that are labelled paraben-free. Have you ever wondered what exactly parabens are? why they are harmful? Let’s discuss it in this article in a much more detailed manner.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are synthetic chemicals (preservatives) used in beauty products for giving them a longer shelf life. They prevent the growth of fungi and other microorganisms in beauty, food and hygiene products.
Parabens are derived from para-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA), which is naturally found in various fruits and vegetables. The most commonly used parabens in beauty products are Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben and Ethylparaben.
What are the side effects of Parabens?
Effects on the human body:
According to several recent scientific studies, parabens may be harmful to the human body if used in large amounts. These concerns include breast cancer, a decrease in male reproductive hormones, and complications in pregnancy and birth among others.
Effects on the environment:
Parabens are also known to cause ecological harm. When we wash off our cosmetics and beauty products containing parabens, they are transported through the drainage system into the community wastewater. These synthetic preservatives are then absorbed by other substances in the environment. Parabens are believed to cause harm to marine life, where they’ve been found inside sea creatures and are also believed to damage and kill coral.
Effects on the animals:
Although we are directly exposed to parabens, research reveals that these chemical preservatives have also been found in the tissues of various marine animals including dolphins, fish and polar bears. Due to their estrogenic activity, parabens can cause serious harm to animals exposed to them as well.
How do I identify products that contain parabens?
When you scan through the ingredients list of a product, look for commonly used parabens.
Brands may use these in combinations to keep various microorganisms away.
We at Goli Soda, manufacture and sell products that are 100% toxins-free, vegan, all-natural ingredients that are locally sourced & produced by local artisans. Therefore, all our products are not only safe for humans but also environment-friendly.
List of Goli Soda Beauty Care products that are Paraben-free: