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'.
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)