“Johnson & Johnson ordered by a California jury to pay $417M to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene; Johnson & Johnson says it will appeal.” –Thomson Reuters Corp.
This verdict causes conscientious consumers to raise two very serious questions: “Do you know what is in the products that are in close contact with the most intimate parts of your body? If you suffer from sensitive skin, are you paying close enough attention to the products you use?
If you did not answer with a resounding “Yes!” to both of those questions, please read the following information, which discusses the importance of choosing all natural products.
We often talk about natural, organic, and paraben-free cosmetics, but what does all of that really mean in terms of your health? Parabens are combinations of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, used as preservatives for the most popular cosmetics. The most common are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben.
The cosmetics that usually use parabens include moisturizing creams, hair and shaving products.
Parabens are preservatives that are added to cosmetics to increase their durability. Of course they do directly benefit the consumer, but do provide benefits for the manufacturer. In fact, they have adverse effects on us, including estrogenic properties. Parabens have been found in cancer cells in breast cancer, in very low concentrations, and act similarly to estrogen, hormones that play a crucial role in breast cancer. Parabens were found in the blood and urine of healthy individuals who had just used the products that contained them.
For these reasons, parabens are considered to be hazardous to your health, and it is best to avoid them. Choosing organic products will protect you from parabens and many other harmful chemical ingredients like fragrance, SAPS, and SLS.