What are Parabens and Phthalates?
The two most common and potentially harmful ingredients in your cosmetics and skin care products are Parabens and Phthalates. Manufacturers claim their ingredients are safe in controlled amounts, but what they don’t tell you are the side effects from long term use. Because they’ve only been used for the last 15 to 20 years, we are only now beginning to understand the long term health issues.
Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben) are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products. They inhibit bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favorite creams, cleansers and lipsticks. Cosmetics companies used to use formaldehydes as preservatives but that practice had to stop because formaldehydes are now classifed as a carcinogen. Enter the paraben, a cheaper alternative they could easily manufacture in labs.
Phthalates are chemical plasticizers that are used to soften plastics so they feel soft and look luxurious. They’re used in lotions, shampoos and cosmetics to lubricate and soften the skin. Because phthalates are not chemically bound to the plastics they soften, they are slowly but continuously released into the air. Have you ever noticed that some plastic products harden over time? That’s because the phthalates have leached out of it. Where do you think they go once they leach out? Into the air we breath and into our lungs.
How Bad Can They Really Be?
The biggest risk associated with phthalates and parabens are how easily they penetrate the skin and how easily they can enter our system. Based on growing evidence that they interfere with our hormone function, the European Commission on endocrine disruption has listed phthalates & parabens as Category 1 priority substances. They have learned that phthalates and parabens can mimic human estrogen and have found them in human breast cancer tissues, suggesting a growing link to cancer. Nordic and Asian countries have started banning the use of them in soaps and skin care products but North America has been slow to react.
Lastly, Methyl Paraben applied on the skin reacts with UVB (Ultra Violet B) rays to create greater free radical proliferation leading to higher levels of oxidative stress. This means that your current anti-aging and skin care products are probably making your skin age faster, not slower!
“Chances are your current skin care products are probably make your skin age faster, not slower!”
Why Do Manufacturers Use Parabens & Phthalates?
The answer is simple and it probably won’t surprise you. Parabens & Phthalates are the cheapest and most readily available chemicals to produce. Plant based preservatives would cost 4 times as much to produce and they would have to depend on farms to harvest enough plants to sustain growth. Of course, they decided to go with profits.
Here’s the the good news; a growing number of consumers are now demanding the removal of chemicals and brands are starting to listen.
But while traditional brands looking to protect their profits are slower to respond, it’s the smaller boutique brands that are leading the natural revolution!
So What Are Our Options?
“That is the number one question that we are hearing at Sephora. Parabens and Phthalates are definitely hot topics but better and more natural ingredients in general are at the forefront of Sephora’s push toward higher quality brand partners.” Says Patrice
But according to Patrice, it can’t just be about natural ingredients. Brands must prove that their products are effective and safe for long term use.
“We find that the new and most effective approach is to protect the cells responsible for regeneration, to repair the damaged structures and to maintain the right levels of activity for the self-repairing enzymes, all with a goal toward more natural ingredients” adds Patrice
Lemongrass Spa has been using botanical ingredients from the start of business! Their philosophy is much different compared to other North American brands. It’s less about promising you a miracle product and more about a step-by-step routine with the goal of long term healing.”
“If you browse through our catalog you will notice that our products are 97-100% NATURAL. I’m particularly excited about our brand and what we offer to our customers. Our skin-care system is a 5 step anti-aging system that heals, regenerates and protects your skin.
Will Lemongrass Spa work for you?
Consumers in the U.S. who are just being introduced to Lemongrass Spa are curious but not sure where to start because they often feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices available and aren’t very familiar with the brands.
The 5 Step Anti-Aging system is the perfect way to get started a great skin-care routine. It’s the perfect choice to holistic skin care and a philosophy of using natural ingredients, that simply makes sense. Our personalized skincare collections have been designed with your unique needs in mind. Choose items that match your skin type and see your skin transform as it becomes softer, smoother and more radiant than ever.
Let’s connect on Facebook: www.facebook.com/yourlemongrassgirl
I would love to discuss your skin-care needs with you, and help find the perfect system to meet your needs.
Your Lemongrass Girl, Cheryl