Chemicals to Avoid from the The Periodic Table of Beauty Products?

Do you sometimes look at a bottle of shampoo and wonder what all the ingredients are for?

Do you get worried that some of the chemicals listed there may be harmful? 

Well the bad news is - that might indeed be the case if you are using traditional brand-name beauty merchandise. The good news - with the advent of organic hair and skin care products, you have the option of choosing healthier, chemical-free alternatives. Below we have a list of chemicals commonly found in traditional beauty products, and their effects on the human body.

Ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate - come from a family of sulfates, act as strong detergents.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) - also plays the role of a detergent, along with creating foam when shampoo is lathered. The problem with SLS and the above mentioned sulfates is that their cleansing power is just too strong for human tissue, skin and hair. It ends up causing damage in the long run, as it strips away the essential oils and minerals your hair and scalp need to stay healthy.    

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) -  often used in shampoos to create that creamy texture and foam, DEA and TEA can actually be the cause of an allergic reaction, resulting in scalp irritation. Furthermore, these chemicals also tend to destroy keratin - a major building block of your hair without which it becomes brittle, dry, and lifeless.

Parabens - used to prolong the shelf life of beauty products. Due to their toxic nature they often irritate the skin and may even affect your hormonal levels, leading to hair loss. 

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) - employed in various forms, mostly for its penetration enhancing effect. Causes skin irritation and sensitization. 

Alcohol - present in some form in nearly all hair care products. Will dry your hair. Be wary of shampoos that list alcohol as one of the first four ingredients - they have a higher alcohol concentration inside.

Synthetic Fragrance or Parfum - a combination of chemicals (sometimes up to 3,000!) utilized to add a pleasant smell to cosmetic and beauty products. Although the recipes are usually kept secret, most are known to be petroleum based - which is not fun to mess around with given that it can irritate the skin, eyes, mouth, and air pathways. 

Propylene Glycol - or, antifreeze (yes, that toxic stuff you put in your car). Employed to prevent the product from freezing while it is being stored or transported. Will irritate the skin by altering its structure and could likely cause allergic reactions.

Dimethicone - acts as a sealant by coating hair and skin surfaces - trapping all the bacteria and dirt under and preventing the skin from performing its usual functions (i.e. sweating and shedding dead cells).

Formaldehyde - used to prevent bacterial and microbe growth within the shampoo. Has been linked to cancer, allergic skin reactions, and hair loss.

Petrolatum - a chemical employed in cosmetic products to lock moisture in the skin and help the hair shine. Just like Dimethicone, the sealing properties prove to do more harm than good.

Siloxanes - a group of silicone-based chemicals that work to smooth, soften and moisten. Prolonged use can lead to accumulation of these toxic chemicals, leading to detrimental effects like hormonal disbalance and even fertility problems.

Hopefully now that you know what goes into your modern beauty products you can be more careful when making purchases. For natural organic alternatives be sure to explore our site.


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