If You Can't Eat It, Why Put It On Your Skin?

If You Can't Eat It, Why Put It On Your Skin?

Have you ever wondered what’s inside the skincare products you are using?

Or what it is doing to your skin?

If you answered yes to the above, this post is for you!

Do you know what is in your skin care products?

Here at Bath Box we are strong believers in food for your skin.

Just like your body, your skin needs nourishment and care, and what better way to do it than with ingredients you would put in your body…

Why? Because things we put on our skin are absorbed into our bodies, and if we wouldn’t put it in our bodies why put it on our skin?

Parabens can be found in cosmetic products.

There are so many ingredients that are found naturally in the world and they have so many benefits. From oils, flowers, fruits, vegetables and so forth.

Why can’t we use these products for both the inside and outside of our bodies?

Well, here at Bath Box we do!

We want our ingredients to shine through, and be completely transparent with you. Showing you that you can still get results from nature over a lab.

What are they manufacturing in the lab?

So many products on the market these days are filled with hidden nasties and other chemicals.

Have you ever tried reading the ingredients list? They are some of the biggest words I have ever seen and can never pronounce. I don’t even know what they are. Do you?

With that being said, some common ingredients found in a variety of products you probably own at home may include parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), phthalates, and alcohols.

In this post, we are going to take a deeper look into parabens.

What Are Parabens?

Parabens are preservatives that help to prolong product shelf-life by keeping bacteria and other microbes out of your favourite creams, lotions, toiletries, makeup, and also surprisingly food.

They are most commonly found in products that have a high percentage of water, for example: shampoos, but can also be found in a variety of other items.

Most common types of parabens:
  • Methylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Byutlparaben
  • Isopropylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben

Where Do Parabens Come From?

Often, parabens are described as “chemicals”. The reason for this is because a majority of commercially used parabens are synthetically made. Although synthetically made, some are identical to those found in nature.

But wait, it can be found in nature?

Yes, parabens occur naturally in many fruits and vegetables. As they are derived from para-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA), which can be found in cucumbers, cherries, carrots, blueberries, raspberries and even onions.

The human body also naturally produces PHBA by the breakdown of some amino acids (proteins). Sorry to get all sciencey on you!

What Is The Issue With Parabens?

It has been reported that approximately 90% of products on the shelf in your local grocery store contain parabens. With the repeated use of certain products or continued eating of certain foods, you are increasing your exposure to parabens.

This raises questions because you don’t know if using products containing these chemicals is affecting your health.

Although the relationship between parabens and risk for health issues seem to be unclear, there have been some reports linking it with cancer.

The reason for this is due to parabens being endocrine disruptors (sorry to be a sciencey again!). This basically means that it is mimicking naturally occurring hormones in the body.

As a result, the body may treat the paraben as a hormone produced regularly by the body.

For instance, it was reported that women with breast cancer, had breast tissue containing parabens.

There are is no concrete evidence to suggest that parabens cause cancer but the data stated above does bring into question whether parabens are safe.

And with increases in cancer diagnosis, this really get us thinking into what additives and synthetic chemicals are really doing to our bodies.

Do we know what we are eating?

Do we know what we are drinking?

Do we know what we are putting on our skin, hair and nails?

These questions are important and with so many ingredients, it really get us thinking what are they doing inside our bodies.

So.. What Does This All Mean?

As I have stated before, there isn’t much data on whether parabens are linked with health issues, including cancer. Although there have been some reports and studies that are shocking.

Hopefully, in the future with more research and testing, more light can be shed on parabens and their safety.

Does Bath Box Use Parabens?

No. Bath Box does not use parabens.

What Preservative Does Bath Box Use?

Since Bath Box does not use parabens, we use a preservative derived from coconut fatty acids. This is called phenoxyethanol ethylhexylglycerin, which is a synthetic preservative from natural origin.

We have chosen this preservative because it is considered a far safer alternative to parabens and has less detrimental health risks on comparison to other mainstream preservatives.

At Bath Box we are trying to stimulate questions and awareness about skincare issues like these. Feel free to comment your thoughts below.

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