Paraben-free skincare – the proud badge products have increasingly been spotted wearing. However, if your first response is para-what? Then you might find my previous article helpful: Paraben-Free Beauty: What are parabens & do you really need to be free of them?
Whether you’re a complete newbie looking to dip your toe in the paraben-free skincare waters or you’re wanting to increase the range you already use – here are some of my favourite products that just happen to be paraben-free…
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I’ve started with this product because it’s my find of the year! It’s fantastic at getting rid of all traces of makeup. Consult your post toner cotton-pad if you don’t believe me! Aloe vera, witch hazel, green tea, camomile, macadamia and evening primrose combine to purify and balance the skin. Suitable for all skin types even sensitive. I wouldn’t necessarily agree it’s a ‘foaming’ facial cleanser, but regardless this gets the job done! Plus if you want your skincare products to be environmentally conscious – this is a brand to look out for!
Also recommended for their paraben-free cleansing prowess:
You can read about why I think they’re great here: Recommended: Facial Cleansers (For all skin types)
There are a wealth of great paraben-free toners available. All of the toners I’ve recommended within: Setting the Tone – why you need to use a toner are Paraben-free (apart from the L’occitane Essential Water).
A lightweight cream to suit all skin types providing moisture and vital nutrients. Packed with vitamins & antioxidants, it keeps skin looking healthy and radiant. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t disrupt the staying power of your foundation. An easy to use all-rounder, which is why I’ve recommended it.
If you would like to tackle more specific skin concerns, check out Ren’s range of paraben-free moisturisers here*
OK even I’m slightly shocked about this one, but I have it on good authority (from the Estée Lauder Consumer Care team no less) this trusty day moisturiser is paraben-free. Packed with anti-oxidants to help protect against premature ageing, this wonderful cream has worked wonders on my normal to combination skin. Always leaving me feel on the right side of hydrated, it even contains SPF.
I’m rarely without this body butter. I didn’t even realise it was paraben-free until recently. I love it because I can just slather it on and feel like I’ve given my skin an indulgent treat. In the past I’ve found Body Butter’s haven’t absorbed so easily, leaving traces on my skin, but not so with this product. Easy application and good absorption!
You can no longer accuse me of not recommending more reasonably priced skincare products – because here you go! Yes to Grapefruit, is a naturally refreshing body wash which gets your skin squeaky clean and smelling fab. The exfoliating fruit acids are an added bonus, helping you to become lovely and smooth. I always step out of the shower feeling very refreshed after using this product. And if all that wasn’t enough for your money, the tube packaging means you’ll be able to squeeze out every last drop!
Shampoo & Conditioner
I recommend the Aveda Hair Care range of Paraben-free Shampoos, Conditioners and styling products. You can find out more about the range here*
In the meantime, here are a few of my personal favourites:
This is the most recent addition to my shampoo collection! Having a healthy scalp is ultra important, not just to remove itching or flakes, but also to give hair the optimum environment in which to grow. I swap this shampoo in once a week when I want to give my scalp some extra attention (and especially after dry-shampoo over-use!). I massage in well before rinsing throughly. The result is more nourished hair with a less irritated scalp.
My shampoo & conditioner travel companions! Predominantly designed to add volume to fine hair, I find they work well no matter which country I’m in or how hard or soft the water is. The peppermint adds an enlivening zing whilst encouraging blood flow to the scalp; and the Rosemary helps to protect against whatever the environment wants to throw at it. For me, they’re a great way to cover all bases.
If you’re particularly nervous about parabens (and I’ll reiterate there is no concrete scientific evidence as yet that you should be) applying a paraben-free deodorant to your underarms will probably help alleviate your worries. I can’t confirm this lasts the 48 hours it claims to (I mean it gets washed off when you have a shower, right?) but it does provide protection for a good 24 hours. Plus it doesn’t leave white marks on your clothes. As well as being paraben-free it’s also alcohol free, which is particularly good if you have sensitive skin.
I’m a massive fan of the Vichy Idéal Soleil* range of suncare products. Lightly fragranced, super easy to apply, look great on a poolside sun lounger and provides all the protection my family and I need.
I use the children’s SPF50+ gentle milk for face & body* on the kids. It glides on so well, I’ve covered them in a matter of minutes. I find it a lot easier to apply than Soltan (sorry Soltan).
We took the anti-sand version* with us on our desert safari trip. Whilst it has a slightly more watery consistency, it did a great job of stopping the desert sand from sticking to us.
Not forgetting the men…
(travel size also available)
I can’t claim to have tried this product, but my husband has. A body wash and shampoo combined to get you ultra clean in one swoop. Caffeine, Vitamin C, Zinc & Menthol are some lively ingredients to get the day off to an energised start. It lasts an age as well as you don’t need to use much to cover everywhere.
Want to find out more about Parabens? Read: Paraben Free Beauty: What are parabens & do you really need to be free of them?
Want a monthly beauty treat? Read: The beauty of a beauty box (and how to pick the right one for you)
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When I started using a lot of the paraben-free skincare products mentioned above, I didn’t realise they were paraben-free. Until recently I didn’t even know what that meant. I tried them (and have stuck with them) because they were appealing and they work. I haven’t recommended any eye creams or makeup products as the products I love the most (in these areas) sit within ‘camp paraben’. However if you have any good recommendations, get in touch!
Have you tried any of the paraben-free skincare products I’ve mentioned? Do you select products on the basis that they’re paraben-free or has this not been a consideration for you? Join in the conversation by leaving a comment in the box below – I would love to hear from you!