If you have been following my blog (firstly, I wish to say a huge thank you!!! ^^) you may have noticed that I recently found out about paraben. Yea I know I know… It’s old news. But I only just got into makeup recently so it’s all new to me!
Haha for those of you who have missed the memo like me, here is a quick lo down from what I read from wikipedia and googling:
What is paraben (a very brief summery)?
Note: this is just a summary from what I found on the internet from googling. I don’t have any expertise on the topic haha so do correct me if I am wrong. Can read more about it here:
- http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/ingredients/ucm128042.htm (this page sums it up really well!)
Paraben is a chemical that can be found in skincare and makeup products. They are used as preservatives. Some time in the last decade or so, a study was done which suggests that may be a link between the use of paraben and breast cancer. Additionally, studies indicate that methylparaben (a type of paraben) applied on the skin may react with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.
On the other hand, there are some people who argue that paraben is safe and labels it a “myth”: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/myths/_/parabens-are-they-really-a-problem.
The FDA says that “at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens.” (see link above) Yet I continue to see people urging consumers to stay away from paraben and some brands I’ve noticed (for example, Jurlique and Smashbox) specifically advertise that they are paraben free. So does it mean that it is a problem afterall??? And I think the FDA article addresses the issue of estrogen/cancer-causing aspect of paraben but what about the thing about reacting to UVB leading to skin aging and damage?? I don’t want that either!
At the moment I don’t think there is an conclusive evidence out there that can actually say for certain if paraben is safe or unsafe. (But please let me know if you find something conclusive!)
Now that you know what paraben is… what do you think?
The information I found is enough to make me worry though and sent me running to my bathroom and storeroom to check for parabens in my products! Luckily(?) I am pretty OCD so I keep a lot of the boxes my stuffs come in and can check the ingredients lists.
My quick check of the bathroom found that, indeed, paraben is quite common and a few of the products I own contain paraben. Some of them I don’t really care and I threw them out straight away with no hesitation (and thus no photo taken because I threw them out too swiftly). But others I find really hard to part with T__T.
Here is a list of products I really love but found that they contain some form of paraben. If you don’t mind the paraben then these are definitely great products:
- The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes (palette 06)
This is actually a really handy palette and was recommended by Pony in her makeup book. It has 4 earthy nude shades and you can easily achieve gradient and contour with this palette! The colour goes on quite well, and even better with a wet brush. It retails for $40.95 AUD but I picked this up in the USA for about $13 USD. As you can see from the ingredients list it has a few types of paraben. Kinda sad to have to let this one go but I now got the Urban Decay naked palette which is even better!
- Skin Food: Rice Wash Off Mask, Black Sesame Hot Mask and Black Sugar Wash off Mask
I am really sad about these masks T__T I just bought these from South Korea earlier this year. They are recommended in the guidebook and also got lots of good reviews online! I have only tried the black sesame one so far and the other two tubs are still sealed! The black sesame one really does heat up when you use it and it feels good. Why do they have paraben?! =(
- Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream in green
I gotta say… this is a very very good bb cream! It is one of my HG products! >< This bb cream comes in two different colours: purple and green and is meant to correct your skin tone. I have a problem with redness so I got the green one to counter the red. And let me tell you… it is really good. You can use this as a primer under your foundation or you can use it on its own if you just want some light coverage. I use it on days when I don’t really want to wear makeup but just doing want to have a red face. It stays on for the whole day and looks very natural. I was really hoping I won’t find paraben in its ingredients but there is was… not one or two BUT THREE types of parabens in this. Sigh… I don’t know what to do with this one. I really love it and I have to say I can’t find anything else that can take its place.
- Shiseido Maquillage True Liquid Long Keep UV Foundation
This one I am super super sad about! It is a foundation from Shiseido’s Asia exclusive line Maquillage. I got it while I was in Hong Kong after reading a lot of great reviews in magazines. And truth be told, it did not disappoint. It is my favourite foundation! It boosts to last for 12 hours and it sure did last me a whole day out without any touching up required! It is great for oily skin, finish is matte and coverage is medium. It just looks soooo natural. I was dreading it but I knew I had to check out the ingredients. I am not fluent in Japanese but if i read slowly I can sorta read it. So slowly…. I went through the ingredients list… and there it was: パラベン pa-ra-be-n. sigh… Tell me what to do lol…
So that was a short list of stuffs I found around home that I am currently using that contains paraben. Luckily there isn’t a lot.
What does everyone else think about paraben? Do you now opt for paraben-free products all the time? Or do you believe it is ok to use?
I want to be safe but at the same time there are a few products which I really like that I find really hard to part with. ><