Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. It is a cheap cosmetic preservative that is typically the 2nd most common ingredient in skincare products. They are becoming increasingly controversial because they have been found in breast cancer tumors. Studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin may react with UVB leading to increased skin aging. There is a laundry list of negative side effects caused by parabens. It is important that we make our consumer choice count and we are aware of what we are putting on and in our bodies. Some of my favorite skincare lines that are paragon free are Beauty Counter, Be Natural Organics and Marie Veronique.