Do you really know how BAD parabens actually are for you?
Parabens are very common preservatives that are used to counteract the growth of bacteria, typically in water-based formulations. Parabens are a HUGE problem in beauty because they are used in an estimated 75% to 90% of cosmetic products. Parabens mimic estrogen and are bad hormone disruptors.
So, how bad are parabens? Parabens are so bad that the European Union has banned parabens. They are so bad that the tiny amount of 5 to 10 nanograms have shown to promote the growth of breast cancer cells.
So how much are nanograms, and how much do women take in? 5 nanogram are as little as 0.000005 mg.
1 nanogram is
= 1 billionth of a gram
= mass of 1 human cell
= a grain of rice divided into 25 million parts.
Women are exposed to 50 mg of parabens a day from cosmetics – this is equivalent to 10,000 times the 5 nanogram that can promote growth of breast cancer cells. In a lifetime, a woman will have consumed approximately two POUNDS of parabens – through cosmetics. Ever wondered about the high rate of breast cancer? If you know anyone with breast cancer, you may know that they will have been counselled to avoid parabens.
Almost as a side note, parabens increase skin aging and DNA damage when used topically. Probably not what a woman really wants. If you are anything like us at Damiva, and you care about your health and feeling good in your skin… seek 100% all natural skin care and femcare only, and avoid all products with parabens.