If you apply some logical thought to the bevy products you apply to your hair and skin, to sustain and protect them, it would stand to reason that surely “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” More precisely–if your hair and skin are both natural components of your entire body’s assemblage, then they would obviously receive the same benefits from the same products. Right? Well. if logical thinking formed the entire expanse of how the variety of skin care and hair care products were formulated, the world would indeed be a happier place to live. This being stated, anyone these days needs to wake up and understand all the discoveries that have been made about uncalled for products in a lot of hair care products, particularly.
What We Consumers Now Know
While we can’t say we live in an entirely logical world where only our best and healthiest support were the goal of merchandisers, we are lucky enough to be living in a time when the facts are (as the cat,) out of the bag, and available for anyone who’s interested. And because enough consumers are voting with their purchase power, more hair care products are being forced to dispense with the long-included ingredients that were not added with any interest in helping our hair a bit. These add-ins became common ingredients in many hair care products because of their ability to emulsify and prevent product separation for a much longer shelf life. Others were added because of their preservative power. And then, some are there just to make the color be more attractive, and then there are a myriad of ingredients added as fragrances that are anything but supportive of good skin health.
Time to Get Off the Ingredient Fence
It’s shocking to know that many of the hair care products we trustingly use to clean, nourish and style our hair are not really safe, and thanks to the FDA’s 1938 ruling to grant self-regulation to the industry, product contents are not subject to government approval, and we’re the ones who pay with our health. In an average day, we come in contact with an alarmingly significant number of potentially harmful chemicals that are known carcinogens or contain harmful hormones. And personal care products represent a large source of these, with shampoo and conditioner ingredients among some of the worst. These are just a few to avoid:
- Isopropyl Alcohol: Skin drying, irritating and nullifies your skin’s moisture and immune barrier, producing bacterial, viral and mold vulnerabilities. Petroleum derived, it’s in a lot of hair care products, mainly for fragrance and fixative products.
- DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA (triethanolamine): In shampoos, shaving creams and bubble baths, linked to several types of cancer, and the risk is more pronounced in children.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate: These two have been around in shampoos for a very long time, and while they might sound harmless, exposed animals experienced labored breathing, depression eye damages, diarrhea, extremely irritated skin lesions, and in some cases, fatalities. An inflammatory agent to the skin. Carcinogen connections, and the ingredient remains in a user’s body for up to five days, giving it time to harm the body’s major organs–and the brain. There are healthy alternatives that do what these two do, so look for them.