5 Paraben-Free Skin-Care Products to Add to Your Routine
If you look on the back of your average skin-care product, you might see the words “butylparaben,” “methylparaben” or “propylparaben.” These paraben ingredients are preservatives used in cosmetics, and although you might see them everywhere, they are still being reviewed by FDA scientists on their safety. “The truth is that parabens are a group of compounds, so it would depend on the specific ingredient and concentration,” says board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali. In short, the safety of parabens is still being debated; however, you can always opt to not use them. “Luckily there are lots of other preservatives out there as alternatives,” he says.
If you prefer to err on the side of paraben-free with your cosmetics and skin-care products, we rounded up five essentials to get you started.
A Paraben-Free Cleanser: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser
This oil-, paraben-, fragrance- and colorant-free cleanser is designed to visibly diminish the appearance of oil on the skin’s surface. Formulated with imperata cylindrica root and lemon fruit extracts, this cleanser helps you handle your oil concerns without stripping your skin of moisture.
A Paraben-Free Toner: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Leave-On Solution Pore Refining Toner
This toner is not only paraben-free, but it’s also formulated with kaolin, a naturally occurring mineral clay, to absorb excess oil on the surface of your skin. Additionally, it contains nutrient-rich coconut water and silk, a protein fiber with amino acids to soften and smooth skin.
A Paraben-Free Serum: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
C E Ferulic is one of our favorite paraben-free vitamin C serums that can help reduce the visible signs of aging and brighten skin, but it can also protect skin against environmental aggressors by neutralizing free radical damage.
A Paraben-Free Moisturizer: Vichy Aqualia Mineral Water Gel
This cooling water gel moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid, aquabioryl and Vichy’s mineralizing thermal spa water. With its water-gel base, it’s lightweight enough for even oily and combination skin types.
A Paraben-Free Face Mask: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask
This face mask provides skin long-lasting hydration that will leave it noticeably softer by morning. Formulated with glacial proteins and desert plant, this mask amplifies your skin’s ability to absorb moisture, all while being completely paraben-free. Apply the mask generously and let it work overnight.