I was recently contacted by a reader who was concerned about the level of parabens that she believed were in a product that I had mentioned. This product that is made for expecting mothers to use on their skin. The company had sent me these products to use and I was reporting back with my results, as I so often do. You can see that post here.
Since many people are concerned about parabens in skin care products these days, I wanted to address this in a post in case anyone else had the same concerns. If you have never heard of parabens, let me first say that parabens are preservatives, used for their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties in many cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.
If this is of concern to you, there are many paraben free alternatives to a good many products on the market. If you want to avoid them, you definitely should. When I spoke to my own doctor about this, I was informed that parabens are not a list of ingredients to be avoided and they are considered safe during pregnancy.
Little known fact, parabens are naturally occurring in some foods, such as blueberries, carrots, strawberries and olives.
Just to be safe, I contacted the company directly asking about parabens in their products so that I could be 100% thorough with my representation of this brand. Mr. Strassler, president and founder of Reviva Labs (who makes the Expectant Mother products I mentioned), gave me the below statement in regards to my question about parabens in their products.
“Please advise that Reviva Labs has replaced parabens in their formulas about 2 years ago.”
Thank you, Mr. Strassler for the prompt response and Reviva Labs for making fabulous products that I love.
If parabens are of concern to you, please contact your physician. I am not a medical professional and do not write this blog to represent any one format (like vegan, all natural, paraben-free, etc). I do prefer to use products that are socially and environmentally conscious (and give them props when they are) but that is not my exclusive format for this blog.
Parabens are not a great concern of mine. I do make a note when I have a paraben free product that the shelf life may be limited. I certainly want to make sure not to let them expire and end up with some kind of rash or infection from spoiled products. Bring on the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal protection please!
Can I just say again how much I loved these products? I went thru them very quickly because they made my growing belly so much more comfortable. And so far, so good with no stretch marks to speak of!
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