In 2018 it is estimated that 18,235 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Australia with breast cancer being the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country (https://breast-cancer.canceraustralia.gov.au/statistics). With such alarming figures, numerous studies have been conducted with a focus on hormone disrupters such as parabens which can mimic estrogen and effect how they act in the body, throwing off the body’s hormonal balance.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A PARABEN?

Parabens are chemicals that are commonly used as preservatives in a range of everyday items such as makeup, moisturizer, hair care products, shaving creams, gels and perfumes. These chemicals easily penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream while acting like estrogen in the body (http://www.breastcancer.org).

Some may argue that parabens are a naturally occurring chemical and therefore cant possibly be bad for us – such as the parabens found in foods like strawberries and carrots, however the synthetic preparation derived from petrochemicals used in cosmetics means that the parabens are not metabolized and can still enter the blood stream and body organs intact. (https://davidsuzuki.org)

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

Although only small amounts of parabens are in each product that you use every day, the mass collective amounts that would be applied to your skin through your body wash, face moisturiser, deodorant and makeup mean that your exposure is at an all time high. With parabens being found in the breast tissue of cancer patients, there is no doubt that they are not a chemical to be ignored.

WHAT NOW?

Basically, to reduce your risk to diseases such as breast cancer the best thing to do is avoid hormone disrupters like parabens as much as you can. With up to 90% of cosmetics containing parabens it can be hard to find the best product for you. The good news is, there are companies out there that really do have your best interest at heart. Companies such as OWAY care about the long term effects of their products, not just the instant results. OWAY stock a wide range of products that are all PARABEN FREE including haircare, professional colour, treatments, beauty products, room spray and perfumes. OWAY is available online (https://oway-australia.myshopify.com) , or at your local OWAY stockist (www.owayaustralia.com.au/find-a-salon)