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3 Reasons Why Chemical Free Is A Lie

Unpopular opinion coming up. The product claim of chemical free is great marketing but that’s it; it’s just marketing. A lot of claims out there like parabens are bad etc. are half truths. But let’s face it fearmongering sells and no one will blame you for wanting to protect yourself. But to claim an ingredient based product as “chemical free” is a lie because everything is a chemical.

When you see a product advertised as “chemical free” you’re assuming a few things; it’s safe for the skin, it’s gentle, there’s no harsh ingredients that would cause a bad experience and it’s healthier for you. Some would even go on to say it’s clean or organic or natural.

To want these things in your skincare products is not bad at all, it’s your preference and you’re allowed to make those decisions. But the notion that “chemical free” meets all these criterias is misleading and not entirely true.

Here are 3 reasons why “chemical free” is a lie:

1. Everything is a chemical: Put most simply this is the only point that matters to some of the most vocal and disgruntled with the marketing term “chemical free”. I mean water has is a chemical compound and that’s as natural as it gets. But that’s taking the term literally so let’s look at some other reasons.

2. Chemical free marketing disregards science: Stay with me here. Many argue that marketing in this vein is only sharing half truths.

Let’s go back to the paraben example, for the last few years the skincare and beauty industry have been on an anti-paraben kick due to a study in 2004 that found trace amounts of parabens in breast cancer tissue. Even though the amounts were too small to link it to breast cancer it added more fuel to the argument that parabens can cause disruptions to our hormones which is not typically a good thing.

Looking at this information only, you’re probably thinking “I’m going to avoid parabens”. Before you make that decision know that there is no scientific evidence that parabens do in fact cause all this damage, especially in the amounts found in your skincare & beauty products – the amount is miniscule, think 0.4%. Also, the 2004 study failed to test healthy breast tissue so there were no comparisons; and parabens are the most comprehensive form of preservative for products as it protects against bacteria and your product turns bad too quickly. A poorly preserved product will cause you more harm.

Take the marketing with a grain of salt and if it’s really important to you, do your research – a lot of clinical research papers are available for free.

3. All products are regulated by the FDA: all products (unless you’re buying handmade products at the local farmer’s market – we’ll get into handmade products at some other time because it’s all not bad) are following the product guidelines by the FDA. So to think that a non “chemical free” product is unsafe is simply not true. You may have an adverse reaction from a product but that’s because of something happening in your skin and it just means that that product may not be the one for you.

So, remember – all things are chemical, make decisions from a place of knowledge not fear and know that all products out there have been deemed safe & amounts used are regulated with your safety in mind – it’s up to you on how you want to define your preferences.

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