Skincare plays a huge role in our daily lives. We apply ointments to heal, serums to smooth and sunscreens to protect but in those daily rituals lurks real and present danger, completely contradicting even the best intentions. That new cream or lotion may tout amazing benefits and smell good, but how good is it for you really? Many controversial chemicals are used in the formulation of personal care products. Some of the most widely used chemical components found in the beauty industry are parabens. Parabens are synthetic preservatives found in cosmetics and grooming goods. Â Just check the ingredient list Â and you will likely find:Â methylparaben, propylparaben and ethylparaben. Cause for Concern 1. Once absorbed by the skin, chemical preservatives end up in the bloodstream directly impacting health. 2. Daily use of deodorants, moisturizers, sunscreens and shampoo containing parabens presents a large toxic load to the body which over time accumulates and increases the risk of serious health issues. 3. Parabens have been linked to allergies, infertility and breast cancer.Â Dr Philippa Darbre, of the UKâ€™s University of Reading studies the paraben breast cancer link and reports, â€œParabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors." Proof in Darbre's recentÂ findingsÂ which reveal that 1 or more parabens were found in 99% of breast tissue samples. 4. Dr. Dabre's most recent study also reveals that parabens are carcinogenic which means that they can actually cause healthy cells to turn cancerous. Why risk it? With many great natural alternatives in the market it is possible to lessen the intake of parabens. And when it comes to sunscreen specifically, choose naturally based, paraben-free sun protection. As always, we recommend using 100% mineral sunscreen actives vs. the chemical variety. Chemicals on the skin and basking in the sun are never a good mix.