Table of contents:
- What are parabens
- What are they needed for
- How do you know about the presence in the composition of
- Harm parabens
The modern cosmetic industry - isa huge multi-billion dollar business, bringing huge benefits and profits to its owners. To cosmetics sold well, it should not only be efficient and attractive look, but also be sufficiently long shelf life. For this purpose, it was added special substances - preservatives. The most famous and popular of them - it is parabens.
What are parabens
This word is hiding a whole groupchemicals with a pronounced anti-fungal and anti-bacterial action. They inhibit growth of various microorganisms, thus protecting the product from damage and degradation. Parabens are widely used in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Many buyers are interested in cosmetics thatit is - parabens, and how they can affect their health. Parabens - are esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid. Currently, all of these substances for the needs of cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industry are produced by artificial means.
What are they needed for
The parabens are added to preserve the appearance and properties
Since all cosmetics is composed of waterand concentrates or extracts from plants, animal fat and vegetable oils, as well as supplements, it can easily souring, gorknut or disintegrate under the influence of heat and light. To all products for the beauty preserved for a long time and do not lose their appearance, smell and properties needed parabens in the composition of cosmetics.
These substances are not allowed to develop it microflora and adversely affect the condition of the skin, hair or nails. Parabens are not toxic, but their adverse effect on the present time is not scientifically proved.
If not added in cosmetics preservatives, itI kept not more than a few days, and then in the refrigerator. Even in natural cosmetics have preservatives, but a natural origin, such as grapefruit seed extract. But this is a very expensive substance that increases the cost of such cosmetics. In addition, it is contraindicated in people with a tendency to allergies. Parabens are also rarely cause adverse reactions and may harm only the people with increased reactivity of the skin.
Some kinds of substances, such as sodium salts of parabens, such as E17 additive applied to the active substance or basic drug is well dissolved in the liquid.
How do you know about the presence in the composition of
check the composition of the
According to the legislation of most countries,the packaging of cosmetic products should be indicated its composition. Thus, we can find out what is included in your chosen vehicle and whether it is safe for your health and beauty. However, it is necessary to know how to denote different substances, because parabens - a collective name for a whole group of chemical preservatives.
Note!Very often, the manufacturer does not indicate the full name used, paraben, and indicates only supplements the code represented by the letter E and the number combination.
It is necessary to remember a list of the most commonly used parabens:
- Methylparaben - E218.
- Ethylparaben - E214.
- Propyl - E216.
- Heptylparaben - E209.
Is there a part of parabens
These names do not mean that ina particular cosmetic product will meet the entire list of parabens. The composition and amount of preservatives in different products for different purposes. The last thing they needed in the products with dry textures, such as eye shadow, powder and rouge. Most used parabens in products with a fat or liquid texture, containing multiple active ingredients or rapidly decaying. Most often it is lipstick, Tonal resources and databases, creamy shade, rouge and highlighter, lotions, shampoos, hair masks.
Different foods contain different concentrations of parabens. It depends on the level and makeup of the company policy and its issuing.
Note!Least of all preservatives in organic and natural cosmetics, which leads to its short term storage and use after opening the package.
Suspect damage use of parabens incosmetics steel since scientists and physicians discovered that there is a higher percentage of these substances in a cancerous breast tumor than in normal tissue. Presumably, the preservatives were used in the breast of a woman deodorants.
However, parabens can be absorbed from gelshower cream for face and body scrubs, and other finished cosmetics. At the same time there is no evidence that cancer tumors with different localization in the body are also found parabens.
Note!To date there is no conclusive data on the existence of a causal link between the use of parabens in cosmetics and the occurrence of breast cancer.
However, many manufacturers are trying toreduce the amount of parabens and phasing out of their use, as consumers shunned purchase these cosmetics.