Paraben Free Beauty!
A key factor in selecting the natural body care and cosmetics here at Healthy Living is making sure none of our items contain parabens of any kind.
What are parabens you may ask? They are groups of chemical compounds used for preventing yeast, mold and bacterial growth in skin care, cosmetics and sometimes even in food. While there are many different types of parabens, three of the most commonly used ones are Methylparaben, Propylparaben and Butylparaben. If you go into any drugstore or pharmacy, you will most likely find any or all of these in deodorants, shampoos, face creams, body lotions….pretty much almost every product in the beauty isles will contain some sort of paraben. What you should be aware of is that these chemicals provide absolutely no benefit to your body. They mimick estrogen and there have been studies done that have found direct links between estrogen disruption and certain types of cancer.
Fortunately, you can easily avoid all types of parabens by shopping in our Wellness section. All of the products that we carry use only natural preservatives such as grapefruit seed extract, citric acid, essential oil combinations and other alternatives that are much healthier for you than parabens. It is important that natural body care have some sort of preservative in it so that it can withstand time on the shelves until it gets purchased. For items that have no preservatives in them whatsoever, there is a little symbol of a jar on the back of the package that looks like this:
This means that once you have opened the product you have that number of months to use it before it will start to expire.
If you are looking to switch over to paraben-free personal care but find yourself overwhelmed by all the choices in our section, look into products from Acure, Alaffia, Desert Essence and 100% Pure as good places to start.