Why would you use a product with out Paraben?

November 9, 2013

Easy Eye Solutions is Paraben free

Easy Eye Solutions is Paraben free

You may have noticed lately that “paraben free” labels have been popping up on some beauty products at the drugstore and elsewhere. Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in makeup and personal care products. They stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favorite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom. Manufacturers use Paraben because they are cheap and effective.  Giving any product with paraben a very long shelf life.

These are the most commonly used paraben which can be found on most ingredient labels of your favorite products. Methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben.  Over the last decade or so, a debate has been building among scientists, product safety regulators and cosmetic manufacturers about whether these chemicals, used for almost 70 years, may actually be harmful to our health.

Is the rising incidence of breast cancer linked to the fact that parabens, which have an ability to mimic estrogen, have been found in breast cancer tumours and can be isolated from other body tissues? Are declining sperm counts and increasing rates of male breast cancer and testicular cancer related to the fact that these chemicals can be absorbed into our skin, potentially disrupting our endocrine systems?

This is what is known for sure: For more than 25 years estrogen exposure is linked to breast cancer.  That paraben mimics estrogen. Those patients with breast cancer have levels of paraben found in malignant tumors.  55 percent of all breast cancer tumours occur in the upper outside portion of the breast, the section closest to the underarm. Possibly due to the application of deodorants and facial products which contain paraben. Studies have shown that parabens could be detected in the blood and urine of healthy young males a few hours after paraben-containing lotions were applied to their skin. Paraben is easily absorbed and metabolized.

The debate continues. So until consumers decide they’re happy storing cosmetic products in the fridge, most companies will continue to use parabens while searching for preservatives without estrogenic qualities.

Our Easy Eye Solutions products are 100% Paraben free.  They have a shelf  life of approximately 1.5 years and can be easily stored in the fridge.