Why Paraben-Free Shampoo and Conditioner Deserve A Spot In Your Shower
On the hunt for hair care that’ll keep your scalp and conscience clean? Let us introduce you to the benefits of paraben-free formulations
On the quest to ‘live better’ we task ourselves with a mountain of changes: walking more, making meat-free meals on Mondays, growing our own fruit and veg (just us?). And here at Love Beauty and Planet, we truly believe it’s all about the little things stack up. While you might not be giving your shampoo a second thought, some formulations contain parabens that could spell not-so-good news for your skin as well as the planet.
What are parabens and what do they do?
Heard of the word ‘parabens’ but not quite sure what they are? It’s a broad term that describes a group of preservatives used to extend the shelf-life of everything from shampoo to skincare, helping to keep them bacteria and mold-free.
When we dip our fingers into our hair masques, skin creams and body butters, we can contaminate them with the natural germs that sit on the surface of our skin – while harmless on our skin, this bacteria can quickly multiply inside a beauty product. Add to that the fact our shower and bathrooms are humid places and you can see why beauty products require some kind of preservative to help prevent the growth of harmful microbes.
It’s not always easy to spot parabens, though. Chances are you’re not going to see a big, fat label saying ‘contains parabens’ on your bottle of body wash. You might need to go a little Nancy Drew to find out if the products in your beauty arsenal contain them. If a product does contain parabens, you’ll likely see methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and ethylparaben – or a combination of all four – on the label
Why is the use of parabens hotly debated?
While parabens can help to extend the shelf life of products for many months, even in the damp confines of our bathrooms, without getting too deep into the sciency stuff, studies have proved that parabens are able to penetrate the skin and accumulate in the tissue. Further studies have shown this is potentially linked to anything from allergic contact dermatitis to impacting our hormones. Just like with anything you might apply to your skin or hair, it’s worth taking a more considered approach to their usage – especially when there are so many other alternatives to hand.
How do parabens impact the environment?
Studies suggest parabens may impact the environment negatively, too. Parabens and their byproducts have been found in the bodies of marine mammals such as dolphins and sea otters in coastal regions of the US and even in polar bears in remote regions. Researchers believe this is likely due to products containing parabens being washed down the sink and entering the water cycle.
What alternatives are out there?
While it’s difficult to come to a resounding conclusion, with so many alternatives on offer, we see zero reason to include parabens in our products. While many people presume natural products won’t lather up or last as long, at Love Beauty and Planet we chose not to use parabens, but instead use other materials that also ensure product integrity, which we stress test before launching. We don’t believe people should have to pick between healthy-looking hair and the planet.
What paraben-free shampoo and conditioners can I try?
After the healthiest, shiniest hair possible? Then meet the paraben-free hair care heroes that deserve a spot in your shower.
Best paraben-free hair care for: dry, damaged hair
With an infusion of lusciously moisturizing wild nut shea butter, consider this duo your new hydrated hair BFFs.
Best paraben-free hair care for: color-treated hair
Protect your hair color vibrancy while leaving it gorgeously moisturized and shiny. Hello healthy looking gloss!
Best paraben-free hair care for: curly hair
Define and enhance your hair’s gorgeous natural movement with this lightweight range that will leave your curls looking amazing, and smelling like a warm floral treat.