Parabens

Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives.

Their efficacy as preservatives, in combination with their low cost, the long history of their use, and the inefficacy of natural alternatives like grapefruit seed extract (GSE), probably explains why parabens are so commonplace. They are becoming increasingly controversial, however, because they have been found in extremely low concentrations in breast cancer tumors (an average of 20 nanograms/g of tissue). Parabens have also displayed the ability to weakly mimic estrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer).

Some estrogens are known to drive the growth of tumors; however the estrogenic activity and mutagenic activity of estrogens are not the same, with the latter dependent on free radical chemistry and not estrogen receptor activity. Nonetheless, this study has elicited some concern about the use of butylparaben, and to a lesser extent other parabens as well, in cosmetics and antiperspirants. A 2005 safety assessment of parabens concluded that cosmetics containing parabens do not, on the basis of currently available evidence, pose a health risk; because of the low doses involved and the low probability that parabens will penetrate into the tissue, remain intact, and accumulate there. Studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin may react with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.

If parabens were beneficial to the human body they would be found in everything, but they are not – they are typically found in cosmetics, anti aging supplements applied to the skin and antiperspirants. Please keep in mind safety assessments are paid for by the manufacturers of the products which contain parabens, so there is room for fraud. Why take the risk of using any products with parabens, especially ones applied to your skin. Use the Ageless anti aging supplements skin care line of 7 products by Agel Enterprises which are without parabens and toxins and are formulated with antioxidants – 17 fruits and plant extracts, the manner in which nature intended. The Ageless anti aging supplements is the only anti aging skin care formulated with suspended gel antioxidants.

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