Parabens are a popular, commonly-used preservative which are used in cosmetics in order to prologongue their lifespan. Scientific studies suggest that these are not good for humans, with potential health risks. It is, therefore, becoming ever-pertinent for brands to move away from including this preservative in their make-up.
NYX has paraben-free products, though it is not officially paraben free, so it’s advisable to check the packaging. It’s also important to assess what this means and what alternatives are used to replicate the effects of parabens.
Something being “paraben free” isn’t enough to accept that it’s a harmless product and move on. Here is the most important information surrounding NYX and parabens to help facilitate an informed decision when it comes to the products you buy:
What Are Parabens & Why Are They Bad?
We are admittedly getting to a stage in society where we accept ”free” labels like “cruelty free” and “paraben free” as inherently good, and don’t question why it is we don’t want them in our products.
The major parabens are: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben and isobutylparaben. They are preservatives and are used to increase the shelf life of beauty products – but at what cost to your health? Though the science behind whether or not they’re harmful is complex, the primary concern facing skincare and make-up products is the effect they have on your hormones, as parabens mimic estrogen.
Excessive estrogen can lead to a string of health repercussions, which include inducing fertility and reproductive issues, as well as triggering a reaction within your body, leading to its inability to produce certain hormones on its own.
The question of absorption and consumption of parabens specifically is worth considering, given that there is of course a limit to how porous our skin is – we are not, for instance, absorbing CO2 or oxygen from the air simply by being in it.
However, when you consider the nature of many beauty products and especially make-up, you’re very likely to ingest the parabens in lipstick, or blink in the parabens of mascara, or, of course, simply absorb moisturisers and creams through your pores.
How To Spot Paraben Free Products
Many products, like NYX, for example, aren’t paraben free across the board, but do have paraben free products. Due to this inconsistency, it’s not often the case that a product will disclose that they are paraben free in a big font on the front, like they might if they were vegan.
It’s not difficult to discern, though. The simplest way to check is to scan the products’ lists of ingredients, keeping your eyes peeled for the “-paraben” words mentioned above.
Which NYX Products Are Paraben Free?
There’s a lot to be said for supporting a brand’s individual products, even if they haven’t fully converted yet. For instance, if one of a brand’s vegan lippie outsells all their others, that brand might be motivated to convert their entire range.
Similarly, if NYX’s paraben free products are their top-sellers, it shows the market-demand is there and encourages conversion. The Skin Safe Products website is an excellent resource, which gives you the option to search various brands’ products using a “paraben free” filter in the search.
Some of NYX’s paraben free products include:
- Sweet Cheeks Creamy Powder Blush Glow, Citrine Rose
- Mystic Petals Eye Shadow Palette, Midnight Orchid
- Professional Makeup On The Rise Volume Liftscara
- Cosmetics Mineral Finishing Powder
- Mechanical Eye Pencil
What replaces the parabens?
You should aim to go through life, particularly when it comes to beauty products, with a low-key sceptical eye on the replacements to the “free”.
It’s why it’s so important to understand the first point of why certain additives and preservatives are bad, and what they do, so that you can ask yourself, “If it doesn’t contain parabens, then what’s keeping it from moulding and what’s preserving it?”
The answer, when it comes to NYX, isn’t ideal. Instead of replacing parabens with natural products like many natural brands do, NYX uses BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole), which has its own health issues.