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What Are Parabens?

Oh Parabens! They are everywhere, not just in your makeups, they are in your creams, your face wash, body wash even in certain foods.

But what are Parabens?

Parabens are preservatives! Low cost preservatives used to extend the shelf life of the products because they seem to be cheap so they are more convenient to many.

There are 5 types of Parabens commonly used to watch out for in your ingredients list, these are Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben and Heptylparaben.

Parabens are bad because they are known to penetrate the skin easily and they interfere with hormones. Though some say these parabens are only used in small amounts hence no health risks, but if parabens were detected in human breast tumours, they must not be that safe.

Humanity isn't healthier than we were decades ago simply because now we use more products than they did decades ago.

For pregnant women, in particular, parabens are a cause for concern when it comes to makeup and skin lotions. When a product containing parabens is used, the long exposure time on the skin increases the potential for the chemicals to get under the skin and reach the unborn baby

People often choose confuse cruelty free with  paraben free. The two are two completely different things. Cruelty free simply means product are not tested on animals, paraben free means no parabens used in making the products.  

As there are no regulations for using the word cruelty-free, sadly manufacturers can still buy ingredients from suppliers who are conducting animal tests while the brands call the brands cruelty-free because the finished products were not tested on animals which still does not answer the question, are the products safe? Are they free of harmful chemicals. Are they paraben free?

Parabens have been known to lead to anxiety and reduced learning performance in baby animals. But each person’s body responds differently, so this information serves simply as some scientific food for thought.

The next time you are wondering if you should go paraben free or not, the answer to your question may be in your genes. Is there history of cancer in your family.

If you answered yes, then this one is especially for you! At Bougiee, we are the prime spot for paraben free makeup products. All our products are also safe to use during pregnancy because they are paraben free. So stock up beauties!!

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