Parabens extend shelf life and improve a product's stability, and if you start reading labels, you'll realize they are pervasive in skin care products under a variety of names all ending with 'ben'.
The Environmental Working Group finds parabens linked to organ system toxicity, reproductive and fertility problems, birth and developmental defects, and endocrine (hormone) disruption.
These days a new crop of skin care lines have taken care to find alternatives to parabens for keeping cleansers and creams shelf-stable or using no preservatives. Take a look at these new choices, then start to clear your cabinet shelves and shower stalls of paraben-laced skin products.
Start with Soap
While we've all grown fond of pump-based soap products, these are the most likely place for parabens to lurk. You can go back to the bar -- a beautiful bar such as Portland, Oregon-based Camamu's Star soaps made from olive, coconut, palm, and avocado oils, (vegan!) and colored with organic safflower petals and organic dried mint. (Camamu Star Soaps, $5 each)