This morning I saw an article that Jessica Alba’s “Honest Company” has been under scrutiny again over potentially false claims they make about
excluding harmful ingredients in their products. One of these is paraben. You have probably heard about ingredients such as “parabens” as being
ones to avoid in our products but what are they and what kind of harm do they really cause?
Parabens are a chemical preservative commonly added to cosmetics, haircare and skincare to prevent bacterial growth. Some of the more common
names on a product label are: methylparaben or propylparaben. Although there is no steadfast research proving harmful effects of parabens, they
have been linked to the existence of cancerous cells. Parabens mimic a hormone in the body that has been found in tumors, including breast tumors,
as well as adversely affecting hormone levels in the male reproductive system. Now again, there is no scientific evidence for this but if you subscribe
to the “prevention” vs. “reactive” theory as I do, you don’t want to wait until these chemicals have done their damage to do something.
Parabens have a cumulative effect on our bodies which means the more you expose yourself to them, they will build up. On any given day, you may
use shampoo, body lotion, facial moisturizer and cosmetics on your skin – which is the most absorbable organ in your body. Over time, the exposure
to the potentially harmful parabens will multiply, thus increasing the chances of adverse effects.
So what can we do? Definitely read the labels on your products. Make sure there are no paraben derivatives in the ingredients. There are many online
sites that will allow you to research more information on parabens as well as lists of companies that claim paraben-free products. All our products from
household cleaners to skincare, haircare and cosmetics are paraben (and sulfate) free.
Your health is in your control, and the more you know, the healthier you can help our world be! Cheers!
As a doctor of physical therapy, professor and sports enthusiast, health and wellness are naturally a part of Janice’s lifestyle. For her family, having toxins out of the home as well as healthy snacks and vitamins are also a priority. While Janice loves the roles of helping patients return to their lives after injury and teaching students to become skilled, compassionate therapists, family is the most important aspect of her life. With two young children, Janice finds herself longing to be at every school field trip, volunteer in their classrooms and be home to pick them up from school. Through The Legacy Group, Janice has found the flexibility to earn an income both in and out of the home, giving her time to coach her kids’ sports teams and enjoy the outdoors surfing, skiing and hiking with her family. The Legacy Group has allowed Janice to share her passion for health and wellness with others while creating an income to bring her home to her family.