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Essential guide to paraben-free products

24/04/2018 by Poppy

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Green People organic beauty products have always been 100% paraben-free. We only use gentle, safe preservatives that are approved for use by organic certification bodies such as The Soil Association, Organic Food Federation (under their Non-Food Certification Company scheme) and EcoCert.

Green People’s paraben-free skin care never contains any harsh chemical nasties and is suitable for sensitive skin and those prone to eczema.

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What are parabens and why should we avoid them?

Whilst some forms of paraben can be found in nature, those that are used in cosmetics are synthetic preservatives and can be found in everything from shampoo, to moisturiser, to make-up. Some parabens have been shown to have weak oestrogenic activity in test-tube studies, and some scientists have expressed concerns over whether repeated exposure could potentially affect hormone levels. Their use is restricted in several countries and Denmark has banned two specific parabens in products intended for use on children under three years old.

Common parabens include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben.

A recent scientific study published in the journal Environment Science & Technology has reported that parabens have been found for the first time in the bodies of marine mammals, including polar bears, sea otters and several species of dolphin.

Researchers believe that it is likely the detected parabens come from products we use that are washed into the sewage system and released into the environment. This is yet another example of the widespread effects our choices have on the environment and animals that call it their home.

Paraben-free ‘greenwashing’

Due to the rise in popularity of paraben-free products, more and more brands are starting to launch products that have replaced parabens with other preservatives.

This may seem like a positive step by the industry but it can sometimes be misleading and cause confusion for the public. The way these paraben-free cosmetics are often marketed is to portray them as a natural alternative, when in fact they often contain other chemical nasties that may be damaging to the skin. One tactic is to remove parabens and replace them with other synthetic preservatives, leaving the rest of the formula relatively untouched. This is commonly known as ‘greenwashing’.

Paraben-free shampoo

Those wishing to switch to a more natural hair care regime may wish to avoid products containing parabens. Don’t be fooled by brands who label certain products as ‘paraben-free’, just because it doesn’t contain parabens, doesn’t mean the products is natural.

Green People’s range of natural and organic paraben-free shampoos and conditioners are also free from SLS, petrochemicals and other harsh synthetic ingredients.

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Paraben free make-up

The average woman often uses upwards of five or even ten different make-up products on our faces every single day. Mainstream foundations, blushers, mascaras, concealers and many more of our staple make-up products all contain parabens, even many of the high end department store brands use these cheap synthetic preservatives.

Because make-up is left on the face all day, it makes sense to prioritise choosing paraben-free make-up over a rinse-off product which is only briefly in contact with your skin.

Containing natural Earth Minerals and non-pore-clogging ingredients, Green People’s natural make-up is paraben-free and suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

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Paraben-free sun lotion

Sun lotion is one of the essential products that we all use to protect ourselves against harmful UV rays. Surely then, we shouldn’t need to worry about whether the product we use to keep us safe from the sun is actually causing our bodies harm?

Green People’s broad-spectrum paraben-free sun creams are made without irritating chemicals such as silicones, some of which may prevent the skin from breathing. These natural sun lotions don’t block your pores and are suitable for sensitive skin and those prone to prickly heat.

Containing highly effective natural filters including the mountain flower Edelweiss, which has evolved to withstand strong UV radiation at very high altitudes, our sun lotions offer broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection for all the family without harsh chemicals and in your choice of SPF15 and SPF30.

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Do you have questions about our paraben-free products? Please get in touch by commenting below, emailing organic@greenpeople.co.uk, or give one of our friendly customer care team a call on 01403 740350.



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