What are parabens?

Parabens are preservatives commonly found in cosmetics and skin care products to prevent bacteria and fungi from growing and decaying the product.  Parabens are produced through a chemical process called esterification using parahydroxybenzoic acid and methanol or propanol.

Why are parabens bad?

A paraben acts as a xenoestrogen, meaning it mimics the effects of oestrogen on the body.  Research indicates there is a link between parabens and cancer, infertility, and early puberty in young girls, and also suggests parabens are absorbed through the skin when applying cosmetics and personal care products.  99% of breast cancer tissue had traces of parabens.

Parabens are rapidly absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream, bypassing the liver filter.  They disrupt hormone systems and change the way the body produces oestrogen.

Pura Vida products are paraben free!

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