The concern with these chemicals is that scientific studies suggest that parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer. They can also cause skin irritation.
Parabens can elevate cellular level damage caused by UV exposure, which may even cause skin cancer. Parabens can also sensitize the skin, causing allergic reactions.
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Yeah, parabens have been used in the pharmaceutical industry and skincare products for decades. We even put them on our foods and I really don't like them because they are known to cause long-term problems. Chronic use of parabens elevates cellular damage, can magnify the effects of UV radiation damage. And we're learning a lot more that it causes different types of dermatitis, right?
Irritation of the skin.
Yes, I know.
It's basically, parabens aren't made, they weren't developed with the idea of treating or preventing, they were just made to cover up some problems. And the reason why they were in a lot of products was because they added-
Because they're cheap?
They're cheap, right.
They're abundant. They make the skin have a certain look to it. It's a waxy appearance.
If you go to the supermarket and you see these red delicious-
Apples that have been so shined up with paraben. You think it's, oh, what a perfect apple. You take your fingernail and you scratch it a little bit, you'll see that white stuff come off. That was what was the purpose of parabens. And we're now learning that the parabens themselves have problems when it comes to our skin health. We've decided as a cornerstone of the Smazy skincare line to remove parabens-
From our products. That's where you know that we are committed to your skin health, not just you looking good, but your health as a whole human being.
Yeah. Because parabens can cause a lot of allergic reactions. And that's something that happens with my clients a lot. They'll message me and they'll say, "Oh, well I have a little rash or maybe this isn't working", and I'll say, well, what is it that you're using?
What's in your products? Yeah.
Yeah. What products are you using? And are you using a bar of soap and washing your face in the shower? Or is there a certain hand lotion and then you're touching your face? A lot of those have parabens in them. And then they realize later on that is what was causing the issue. And you don't even realize it because it's in so many products: shampoos, conditioners, when you're in the shower, you wash your hair that gets all over your face.
That could be the culprit. Parabens are tricky.
Yeah. And so we took it out of the product line and we think you'll appreciate it because there's good science to believe that parabens should not be in our skincare products.
Absolutely not. We don't need that added paraben when it doesn't need to be.