Toxic Product Ingredients to AVOID!
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Today's post is an informational one, about product ingredients! Now more than ever, a lot of us want to live a healthier lifestyle. This includes not only food and exercise, but also the products that you purchase and use on your body. Your skin absorbs what these topical products contain! A good amount of conventional hair products contain ingredients that can be toxic to the health of your hair. I’m going to tell you about some below so you can avoid them! Make sure you save this post for the next time you go product shopping :)
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sulfates are extremely common in shampoos. These cleaning agents are harsh and can damage the hair, make it brittle and increase frizz. Sulfates can also cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin.
A lot of shampoos that claim to be natural contain cocamidopropyl betaine to boost the lather. Do not let the fact that it is a natural compound from coconuts trick you! Hair products use it together with something called dimethylaminopropylamine which can cause skin irritation, allergy, rosacea, and eczema.
Dimethicone is a silicone that is really plastic... It contributes to product buildup and can make your hair feel greasy. It’s supposed to make your hair look shiny but in reality, it weighs the hair down, making it heavy, limp and lifeless. It also clogs the pores on your scalp, preventing moisture from entering and causing skin irritation and/or hair loss. It can be found in shampoos, conditioners and styling products.
Sodium chloride is salt used as a thickener in both shampoos and conditioners. Salt can make an already sensitive scalp dry and itchy, causing other hair issues as well.
Polyethylene Glycols (PEG)
PEGs are also thickening agents, they are often contaminated with harmful byproducts like ethylene oxides and 1,4-dioxane.
Retinyl palmitate can cause skin itching, redness, scaling and peeling. It may also cause cancer and reproductive problems.
Oftentimes, hair products are dyed a synthetic color to make them look nice. These colors come from petroleum or coal-tar sources, all of which come with harmful health effects. Many have links to various diseases – even cancer, and are already illegal abroad. Synthetic colors will normally go by FD&C or D&C combined with a number.
Products that have “fragrance” on their label likely contain tons of hidden chemicals! Some ingredients in fragranced cosmetic products can cause cancer, asthma and they make their way into breast milk. Like these other toxic ingredients, these hidden chemicals are also irritants to the skin and scalp, which can lead to hair loss.
In 2016, Triclosan was banned by the FDA from being used in antibacterial soaps, but for some reason it is still allowed in other products like toothpaste, shampoos and deodorants. This is a chemical antibacterial agent that is known to cause hormone disruptions, which can cause cancer, neuro developmental problems and affect fetal developments.
In this post, tip #5, you'll find an info graphic with list of "good" and "bad" alcohols! Also super helpful when trying to shop for clean hair and body products.
The toxic ingredients in hair care products are accumulating in our bodies and on our planet, causing harm. Take a few minutes to read labels on your products before buying them, your health will thank you. Also, drink more water!!! Take care curlies, I hope you found this post useful.