Parabens are chemicals that are typically used as preservatives, and can be found in a wide range of beauty, health and personal care products. If you find ingredients ending in ‘-paraben’ listed on the label of your product, then that product contains parabens. Knowing what a paraben is and how they work will enable you to make informed choices about the products that you use.

What do parabens do?

Parabens can be found as ingredients in a variety of personal care products, such as shampoos, toothpastes, lotions, and conditioners. They are frequently added to products with high levels of water because they prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other damaging microbes.

Manufacturers must ensure that their products containing parabens are in compliance with all regulatory requirements in order to ensure consumer safety. However, if you are concerned about parabens, then you can opt for paraben-free products when possible.

 

What are paraben-free products?

If you want to avoid products with parabens, then read the labels on all products before you buy, and look out for those specifically labelled paraben-free. Some companies have replaced parabens with alternative ingredients to prevent the growth of microbes in their personal care products, while others have created preservative-free products that then have shorter shelf lives than similar products. In terms of toothpastes without parabens, you could use Zendium toothpaste, which is paraben-free, using a different preservative (sodium benzoate).

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