July 3, 2012

"Chemical Free" SPF 30 Pure Protection by Skinfo Contains Parabens

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I just went to my yearly check up and was reminded of the importance of sun protection. It was rather apropos I was sent Skinfo's SPF 30 Pure Protection:

Pure Protection SPF 30 has been specially formulated with Micronized Zinc Oxide to provide the broad spectrum protection of ultraviolet light (UVA and UVB) in combination with a rich blend of free radical quenching antioxidants consisting of liposomal vitamins A, C, E, green tea extract and Co-Q10. This is especially good for sensitive skin types as it is "chemical-free".

Unfortunately, this product contains parabens: Methylparaben and Propylparaben. The Good Human explains why you should avoid parabens:
What Are Parabens?

Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives, and that's why they are found in so many products. They are used to fight bacteria and fungus, are widely available, and cost very little to manufacture and use. Nearly all of the parabens used as preservatives are man-made and not naturally occurring.

Why Are Parabens Bad?

Now, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I know that there have been studies on both sides of the argument about what parabens are and whether parabens are bad or parabens are safe. But because there have been studies that say that it is potentially dangerous and that have linked parabens to cancer, I have chosen to take the precautionary route and not use products containing them when I can help it. Whether or not they are as bad as some say they are, I would always rather err on the side of safety when it comes to my body and health.

Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. Researchers have found parabens in breast tumors and believe there is a relationship between parabens and tumors. And in the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Toxicology, Dr. S. Oishi of the Department of Toxicology, Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health reported that exposure of newborn male mammals to butylparaben "adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system." If a causal link between a chemical and cancer is not enough to avoid a product that can easily be avoided, I don't know what is. There are a lot of other reports available all over the internet, but most of them are all related to reproductive health in some way or another.

It always disappoints me when products are marketed as "chemical-free" when they are not.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at July 3, 2012 5:38 AM

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