Grab your Shampoo bottle! Let's take a look at what's inside.
Is your shampoo killing you?
Probably not, but there’s a good chance it’s doing your body some kind of harm. While it’s easy to see the difference in choosing between a bag of organic carrots and a bag of potato chips; it’s not that clear when strolling the shampoo aisle.
Being devoted to providing a healthy, natural, vegan-friendly shampoo alternative, we looked into some ingredients commonly found in shampoo (and conditioner), and wanted to share some information on ingredients to avoid.
What is it: Surfactant/Detergent sulfate (also commonly found in dish soaps/detergents, engine degreaser and industrial strength cleaners). SLS/SLES are inexpensive chemicals commonly found in personal care products as a surfactant to create foam.
Why is it used: To create the unnecessary huge amount of foam you experience in your shampoo. Additionally, being very inexpensive it is easier to create high profit commercial items.
Dangers: Known skin and eye irritants, linked to Atopic Dermatitis, conflicting reports over whether this is a cancer causing chemical.
What is it: Synthetically produced chemical originally produced for hospital scrubs to eliminate bacteria.
Why is it used: Use of Triclosan in shampoo is generally found for 2 functions. 1, being purported as Anti-bacterial/Anti-microbial, it was added to reduce bacteria found on the scalp. 2, it is used for its preservative properties.
Dangers: As of Sept 2017, "consumer antiseptic washes" containing triclosan or 18 other ingredients marketed as antimicrobials will no longer be able to make such claims due to FDA findings of the lack of efficacy in these products. Simply read, there is no evidence that Triclosan reduces bacteria on the skin which would include the scalp.
This antibacterial agent is strongly linked to multiple serious health issues including:
What is it: Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a polyether compound with many applications from industrial manufacturing to medicine.
Why is it used: PEGs are used in shampoos as surfactants, cleansing agents, emulsifiers, skin conditioners, and humectants. Generally considered safe for human consumption and use within cosmetics. Easily absorbed into skin. Low occurrence of irritation or reaction.
Dangers: While PEGs are generally safe, problems arise in contact with skin that is already damaged and with open wounds, such as acne, cuts or blisters. Further, more dangerous concerns come in the presence of heavy metals commonly found as a contaminant in PEGs.
What is it: Phenoxyethanol is a compound produced as a perfume fixer, insect repellent, antiseptic, preservative and lubricant among many other applications.
Why is it used: In shampoo, Phenoxyethanol is commonly used as an inexpensive preservative, lubricant and antiseptic.
Dangers: Phenoxyethanol is a known skin and eye irritant which may have links to brain and nervous system disorders as well as being an endocrine disruptor. FDA warning - mothers of newborns should avoid the application of [products] containing Phenoxyethanol if they are breastfeeding, to prevent possible transmission of the chemical to the child.
What is it: Dimethicone is one of several silicones found in shampoos.
Why is it used: Primarily, Dimethicone is used to provide shine to hair and reduce surface drag of hair making it feel slippery.
Dangers: While Dimethicone is FDA and Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) approved for personal care products, and it is generally considered to be safe to use, it can cause problems with the hair, making it dull, heavy and lifeless. Dimethicone creates a silicone (plastic) layer over each hair strand which disrupts natural hydration of the hair.
What are they: Synthetic Chemical preservative
Why are they used: Parabens are commonly found in shampoos as a preservative. There are additionally antibacterial / anti-fungal properties to Parabens.
Dangers: Parabens are probably one of the most widely debated ingredients in shampoos and cosmetics. While they are considered safe by the FDA, there are multiple studies linking parabens to potential damage of the endocrine system by mimicking hormones in the body when introduced through skin absorption.
We know it's hard to give up your favorite shampoo... Even if it is causing you harm. Although you may not be quickly impacted by the chemicals found in Shampoo, is it worth the risk?
Believe it or not, there are natural, chemical-free shampoo alternatives which will give you healthy, vibrant hair that you will LOVE.
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