Tuesday, March 16, 2010


What's that ingredient?
#1: Parabens

If you haven't seen my video on parabens, please watch it here:

Most common types:
reacts with UVB and causes increased aging and sun damage

Less common:

Parabens are the most widely used preservative in the cosmetic world. While they do protect against bacterial growth, they are still harmful. Parabens are rapidly absorbed into ones body and metabolized. Although they are excreted, they still leave a lasting effect due to the fact that they mimic the hormone estrogen and damage the nervous system. High levels of parabens have been detected in breast tumors.
Parabens are also found in food. Food is a necessity to live, and therefore I believe that the nutritional properties of a food item makes up for the fact that it might have parabens in it. While food is a necessity to live, body products are not; they are not required and are only around to make an individual look better or, if the products are natural, TRULY improve ones skin.

It is important for there to be some type of preservative in all products, especially natural ones. (Just NOT parabens) Without preservatives, there is more likelihood that bacteria will form.

Alternative types of parabens:
Grapefruit seed extract (most common)
Potassium Sorbate
Sorbic Acid
Tecopherol - Vitamin E
Retinyl - Vitamin A
Ascorbic Acid -Vitamin C
Tetrasodium EDTA
Disodium EDTA
Calcium Disodium EDTA
Cosmocil CQ

While I am in no way telling you what products to use and not use, I hope that you make the healthiest and most natural choice for your skin and body.

If you have any questions, please email me at: iluvjesse@me.com

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