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Exploring the Role of Skincare Ingredients

October 03, 20234 min read

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."

~ Jim Rohn

Raising Breast Cancer Awareness: Exploring the Role of Skincare Ingredients

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness about breast cancer, promoting early detection, and advocating for research and treatment. While most discussions focus on screenings, prevention, and medical interventions, skincare ingredients can also significantly raise awareness about breast cancer and potentially aid in prevention and support. This blog post will explore the link between skincare ingredients and breast cancer awareness.

Understanding Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, and early detection is crucial for successful treatment. Awareness campaigns during October help educate individuals about the importance of regular screenings, self-examinations, and understanding risk factors.

Skincare and Breast Health

Skincare is an essential part of our daily routine, not only for aesthetic reasons but also for maintaining overall health, including skin health. Some skincare ingredients may contain properties that can support breast health or raise awareness about breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness in Skincare

Several skincare brands and organizations support breast cancer awareness by incorporating the iconic pink ribbon or collaborating with breast cancer foundations. These collaborations often involve fundraising, where a portion of the proceeds from specific skincare products goes towards breast cancer research, education, and support services.

Ingredient Awareness: Parabens and Phthalates

Concerns about the potential links between certain skincare ingredients and breast cancer are serious. Parabens and phthalates are two groups of chemicals commonly used in skincare and cosmetic products. Parabens are preservatives and phthalates used to enhance fragrance and flexibility in plastics. Studies have found traces of these chemicals in breast tissue, although a direct link to breast cancer remains inconclusive.

As a result, many individuals opt for skincare products labeled as "paraben-free" and "phthalate-free" to reduce potential exposure to these chemicals. Of course, there is the question about the manufacturing facility. What type of tubing and packaging is used? A big concern is PFAS, which is used in a wide range of consumer products, including personal care products. PFAS are linked to cancer and other serious health risks at incredibly low doses, and an estimated 200 million Americans are still exposed to PFAS-contaminated tap water. They're known as "forever chemicals" because they do not break down and build up in our bloodstreams over time.

Natural and Organic Skincare

The rise in popularity of natural and organic skincare products is another way individuals are taking control of their health and well-being. These products often avoid synthetic chemicals and use natural ingredients like plant extracts, essential oils, and antioxidants. The decision to switch to natural or organic skincare is driven by concerns about potential links between synthetic chemicals and health issues, including breast cancer.

By labeling the products with good-sounding words, greenwashing can mislead the consumer if not well-informed. 

Supporting Breast Cancer Research Through Skincare

Several skincare brands, like Beautycounter, actively contribute to breast cancer research and support by donating some of their profits to relevant organizations. By purchasing these products, consumers can actively participate in the fight against breast cancer while caring for their skin.


Breast cancer awareness is a crucial cause that deserves attention during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year. As an integral part of our daily routine, skincare offers an avenue to promote awareness, support, and research.

While the direct link between skincare ingredients and breast cancer remains an ongoing topic of research and discussion, being informed about the products we use and choosing those that align with our values and health concerns can contribute to a holistic approach to breast health.

Ultimately, maintaining regular breast health check-ups, supporting breast cancer research, and staying informed about skincare ingredients can all help the fight against breast cancer and promote a healthier, more conscious approach to skincare.

Breast cancer awareness

Feel free to reach out about safer choices in your daily personal care products. Happy to help you feel more educated about the confusing long ingredient names.



PS. Who do you know that has been under treatment for cancer? They may have just finished their treatments and have yet to receive any direction from their physician. Maybe you, yourself, are concerned about the products you use on your skin every day. Understandably, the ingredients on your cleanser, moisturizer, shampoo, or deodorant can be confusing and hard to pronounce!

Do reach out to me. I am happy to help make it less confusing for you.

Here is a link to set up a free consultation, and who knows, we can get a ladies'-night-in planned for you—just a few friends, a glass of bubbly and important information about healthy living. It will be fun!

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Ellen Smith

Ellen is the owner/ founder of European Esthetics, Holistic Wellness Spa in Peterborough, NH. As a licensed Esthetician and certified Holistic Health Coach she uses her years of experience to support women in finding guilt-free time for themselves so that they recharge and re-discover themselves to find clarity and direction.

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