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Timeless skin care offers paraben free, all-natural skin care products including anti-aging serums, creams, and even sprays. Being paraben-free has become a point of pride for many skin care and cosmetic companies, and you may be wondering why parabens have suddenly landed on the “bad chemical” list. In case you haven’t heard about why ditching parabens have been recommended, here is a quick rundown of what you need to know:

What Are Parabens?

First used during the fifties, parabens were meant to preserve cosmetics and help stop the growth of bacteria. No one wanted germs in their favorite lipstick or powder box, which is why paraben use continued to spread. There is a variety of parabens like methylparaben and butylparaben that are still being used today in makeup and skin care products.

The Downside

While parabens are inexpensive to mass produce and great for preservation, they also alter the body’s natural estrogen balance by mimicking the hormone. The most alarming part about parabens is that they have been found present in breast tumors. While more research is needed about the effects of parabens, you may wish to take the safe route and avoid these altogether until more research is performed one way or the other.

Preserving Your Skin Paraben-Free

Timeless products are free of parabens. To preserve your skin, you should find an anti-aging serum that meets your skin’s needs. For instance, if your skin is very dry, opt for something with Vitamin E, a natural oil, as an active ingredient with hyaluronic acid for added hydration. On the other hand, if your skin is naturally oily, you should avoid Vitamin E, but keep the hyaluronic acid which will hydrate skin but not promote oil production.

It is often better to be safe than sorry, which is why many consumers have started to avoid paraben use. And with great, paraben-free products already on the market, you have nothing to lose.