Parabens has a bit of a reputation for being the naughty kid in the class of skincare ingredients. You have been told time and again to avoid parabens in your skincare, right? But what are these and why should you avoid using products formulated with it? Here is all you need to know, so you can make an educated choice for yourself!

What are parabens?
 

What are parabens?

Just like foods that can be kept for a long time need to have preservatives to keep them from going bad, skincare products, which have a lot of active ingredients, also need preservatives to keep them potent. These skincare preservatives are called parabens.

So should you look for ‘paraben-free’ labels on products?
 

So should you look for ‘paraben-free’ labels on products?

Just the fact that a product has ‘paraben-free’ labelled on it does not mean it is free of preservatives. Parabens are found in many forms like butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. Look for paraben compounds in the list of ingredients on any skincare product.

Why have they got such a bad rep?
 

Why have they got such a bad rep?

Just like you are hyper-aware of the food that goes into your body, and do not want foods that have a lot of preservatives, why would you want to feed your skin with products that have a lot of preservatives? It is a case of being safer than sorry. Although there is no concrete proof that parabens directly are responsible for hormonal imbalances and other health problems, it is generally believed that lesser the contact with paraben-laden products, the better.

So, what is the final verdict on products with parabens?
 

So, what is the final verdict on products with parabens?

Just seeing ‘paraben-free’ on a product is not enough to make it safe for use. Make an educated choice about the alternatives available, like products formulated with ethylhexylglycerin (which is plant-derived) or phenoxyethanol. If you have to use products with parabens, use them in moderation. Switch up your skincare routines and rotate between the products you use. Give your skin a lot of nourishment with organic and natural products as well.

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