When you see ‘Paraben free’ on a beauty product’s label, you might assume that parabens are a bad thing.

But it’s not as clear cut as that, and it’s a subject that our beauty editor Rhonda Rovan explores in the October issue of Best Health.

For example, is there truth to the claims that these synthetic preservatives — which extend a product’s life by stopping fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom — cause cancer?

What does Health Canada say?

In products without parabens as a preservative, the replacement is often another chemical preservative, called phenoxyethanol.


Is it better and safer?

And what about natural preservatives like turmeric, clove bud, rosemary, etc; are they effective, and are they a practical solution?

It’s a fascinating subject, because without preservatives, we may all end up with refrigerators in our bathrooms that store our products so they don’t spoil.

The answers to the above questions, and much more, are in Rhonda’s hefty feature in the Look Great section of the October issue, which is on newsstands now.

• To claim your free issue of Best Health, go to besthealthmag.ca/metronews

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