Sounds like the latest ‘B’ list soap star, but parabens have been
around a long time, and are found in many household products.
From shampoo to spray tan and everything in between, including
makeup and many moisturisers, parabens are preservatives
that inhibit the growth of fungus and bacteria, prolonging shelf life
and allowing us to keep products at room temperature.
So what are they and how are they used?
Parabens are chemical preservatives widely used by pharmaceutical and cosmetic producers. The most common
ones are prefixed by ethyl, methyl, heptyl, butyl and propyl or they are shortened to ‘E’ numbers. Less common
parabens include isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben and benzylparaben and their sodium salts.
Manufacturers face a dilemma: how to produce affordable, commercially viable products that have a good shelf
life, do not need to be kept in the fridge and pass rigorous safety tests compliant with EU safety regulations.
Parabens have been used as preservatives for a long time, are cheap and effective and have no conclusive
links to cancer or other serious health conditions.
The case against
Some research suggests parabens may have long term harmful effects on the human endocrine system and the
wider eco system in the environment. The effects possibly interrupt hormone balance and traces of parabens have
been found in breast cancer and other tumours. Earlier onset of puberty in girls and hormone induced changes
in fish and other aquatic species have been blamed on ‘gender bender’ parabens but the jury is still out.
Sylk is paraben free
Using products containing parabens is a personal choice, but not one you have to consider when choosing
Sylk intimate moisturiser.
Safe to use whenever you need to
Here at Sylk we use only the most natural female friendly ingredients. Sylk works with your body to complement
and enhance your own natural lubrication. Sylks formulation is paraben and hormone free so you can use as much
Sylk whenever and as often as you need to.
To check out our safe natural ingredients visit our ingredients section.