Just adding my two cents on the paraben debate. While I feel it's a personal decision whether to use products with parabens or not, one thing is not up for debate: parabens are cheap preservatives. Very cheap. So I'm a bit annoyed by companies that charge an arm and a leg for their wonderfully concocted products, only to find their choice of preservative to be a paraben. It tends to make me a bit skeptical about their other ingredient choices. I mean, is the formula really that amazing if you choose this route to preserve? Just saying. I expect that from a drugstore brand. Not a high end brand.
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
I try to stay away from products with parabens as well. This mask is totally amazing though, and I don't think that the amount of parabens in it are all that bad.
answered 3 months, 4 weeks ago
The big debate about parabens comes from a few years ago when they first started noticing that parabens were found in breast tissue samples from patients with breast cancer. Because of this people started to worry about them for the obvious reasons. However, they are in almost everything that our bodies come in contact with. Everything from skincare, makeup, laundry detergent, toothpaste, etc. the list goes on and on. They have done studies on the acute, subchronic, and chronic effects in rodents to find out exactly how bad they are for us. The studies indicate that parabens are practically non-toxic. Parabens are rapidly absorbed, metabolized, and excreted through the body. However, some studies do show that methylparaben when on the skin and exposed to UVA/UVB rays can increase photosensitivity and increase skins aging. Other studies show that this is only true under extreme conditions where excessive amounts of methylparaben are applied and UV exposure is at a constant high that isn't the common rate of exposure that we are exposed to every day. My point is that science still doesn't have a definitive answer regarding parabens but most scientists and doctors agree that in small amounts they are not bad. In short it's a matter of opinion wether or not you want to avoid them all together, but keep in mind that they are in so many products that we use in our daily life. A product like this that only is on the skin for 10-20 minutes isn't going to harm you, unless of course you are allergic to something else in the product. Hope this helps.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Parabens may not necessarily cause a bad reaction, but they are known carcinogens.
I wish Sephora would clarify that just because a product is "WITHOUT" some things, doesn't mean that what is in there is any better!