Parabens have been in the spotlight (as in negative spotlight) before, for their potential hormone-disrupting potential. According to Health and Environment online, the most commonly-used parabens are methylparaben (food additive E218) and ethylparaben (E214). Propylparaben can no longer be used in food in the EU due to withdrawal of its ADI. Methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butylparaben are all used in cosmetics. Methyl- and propylparaben are the most commonly detected in tissue and urine samples.All four parabens "types" are characterised as Category 1 endocrine disruptors by the European Commission in its database of potential endocrine disruptors (meaning there is evidence of ED activity in at least one species using intact animals). A study in 2012 finding parabens in almost 100% of breast samples from breast cancer patients (Barr et al. 2012, which attracted coverage in the UK Daily Mail).
The study cited by Prevention today, demonstrated that at high concentrations, methylparaben shortens the lifespan of skin cell that make collagen levels and can ultimately speed up cell aging and death by increasing levels of toxic molecules, explains Rachel Nazarian, MD, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. While typical creams and cosmetics don't contain the super-high doses used in the study, it still appears sensible to avoid a preservative that decreases the production the skin-tightening, plumping, and thickening collagen that keeps you looking young and healthy.
All of Route One Pumpkins Skin care products are Paraben-free and also guaranteed free from phthalates and other common skin irritants and suspected hormone disruptors.