The journey of discovering natural products is insightful to say the least. I have been using natural skin and hair care products for quiet some time now. The dangers associated with many mainstream skin and hair care products out there is scary! They are toxic and they are being absorbed into the skin. Here’s a list of 10 Ingredients To Avoid:
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Synthetic fragrances> They can be many ingredients put together, we are not told. Many of which can contain formaldehyde, benzene. The chemicals used in this term “synthetic fragrance” or “fragrance” can cause dizziness, skin irritation, nausea, headaches, cancer, stinging eyes, breathing difficulties and many more effects.
Petrolatum> The main name for this is petroleum jelly. Found in many soaps, cosmetics and skin care. This does the opposite to what it claims to do, which is to moisturise. In fact it messes with the body’s natural moisturising system leading to chapped and dry skin. The Organic Make-up Company states it decreases the oxygen absorbed through skin, basically suffocating it. Due to this it can cause premature aging.
Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Paraben> Parabens are used to stop microbial growth to prolong the products shelf life. Found in shampoos, conditioners, cleansers. They discrupt the endocrine system, can lead to skin cancer, allergic reaction, reproductive and developmental difficulties.
Synthetic Colours> Used to make cosmetics have that bright eye catching colour. There could be more than 60 chemicals to make one colour. Including in these chemicals is often coal tar. Found in toothpaste, shampoos, styling gels, shower gels, soap, moisturisers, blushers, eye shadows and others. The chemicals used can build up on the skin leading to toxicity causing skin irritation, more acne breakouts. Labelled D&C, FD&C with a colour and number e.g D&C Blue 3.
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate> This is widely used in shampoos. Also known as SLS. It is a rough detergent used due to the foam properties it creates which is why it is used in shampoos and toothpaste along with other cleansing products. It’s effects are rashes, hormone imbalance, eye irritation, scalp irritation, swelling of the mouth and eyes.
Propylene Glycol> Naturally this is a mix of grain alcohol and vegetable glycerin. The petrochemical synthetic mix is usually used in most products today. It can cause allergic reactions, eczema, neurological symptoms. Labelled as PEG or PPG (polypropylene glycol).
Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA)> Used in cosmetics for emulsifying and foaming properties. Found in products that will foam such as facial washes, bubble bath, shampoos aswell as foundations, mascara, eye shadows, blushers, hair dyes. If using on a continuous basis may increase cancer risk. Can cause dryness of both hair and skin, irritation of eyes and allergic reactions. Labelled as DEA and TEA.
PVP/VA Copolymer> This is a petroleum obtained chemical found in hairsprays, styling sprays and cosmetics. It is particularly dangerous if inhaled by sensitive persons, as it can cause serious damage to lungs. Therefore it is considered a toxic chemical.
Diazolidinyl UREA, Imidazolidinyl Urea> They are preservatives. They release formaldehyde which being a carcinogen can be toxic. Found in face moisturisers, eye creams, mascara, nail polishes, acne treatments, cleansers. Can cause dermatitis.
Stearalkonium Chloride> Used in conditioners and moisturisers. It was originally used as a fabric softener in the fabric industry. It is cheaper to use in hair care products than using better quality natural ingredients. It is proven to trigger allergic reactions.
Learning whats in our skin and hair care products can be a huge wake up call to what they actually contain. Knowing what they contain we learn what we our absorbing through the skin that can affect our health. How? Because everything we put on the skin is absorbed through the bloodstream. I have since found products I was using that I have contained such ingredients and have stopped using them. I have and will continue to look at labels of the products I buy in the future.
Always read the labels of what beauty and hair care products you purchase!
Thanks for reading,