We seem to all use hair and hygiene products for our daily maintenance. Target, Walmart, Kmart and other super stores seem to have everything you think you need to maintain this. However, did you know these stores may be carrying products that may be toxic to your body? Now i know what you may be thinking “I’ve been using [Insert product here] and I’m perfectly fine!” The issue these products lies in the long-term effects they instill upon us, such as gradual hair loss, respiratory problems, or even cancerous effects. Now these effects may not happen to every single person that uses them, but why not err on the side of caution? These are top 5 ingredients to stay AWAY from in hygiene, beauty, and hair products.
- Sulfates are common ingredient added to hygienic products such as shampoo and body washes to create the foaming action that gives you a sense of cleanliness as the water and Sulfate emulsifies the greasy particles in your hair. The most commonly used sulfate is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS. SLS has been linked to cell damage and cause the hair follicle to dry which can result in hair loss. In addition, I’m sure many of you have experienced first hand that it is an irritant to eyes. Do yours eyes and scalp a favor and ditch the Sulfates!
# 4 Aluminum
- Aluminum has been known to be found in various deodorants. Recently it’s harmful nature has been greatly publicized through social media. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bone disorders, and liver problems. When shopping for antiperspirant’s or deodorant, search for ones that have natural ingredients. Tom’s is a brand that offers hygeine products with natural ingredients, check them out next time you are shopping for hygienic products.
- This ingredient can be found in many anti bacterial products, hand sanitizers, and deodorants. Studies have linked this ingredient to cancer as well as endocrine disruption. Disruption with endocrine , or hormones, can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. A study showed that 75% of Americans have traces of Triclosan in their system, and while the FDA initially said there are no known hazards to this ingredient in food, as of recently they have stated that research on the ingredient has evolved and that the agency could soon be changing it’s stance.
# 2 Mercury
- For decades Mercury has been known to be a toxic ingredient. Mercury poisoning can cause severe damage to the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, as well as neurological damage. It has been known to be found in numerous seafoods, such as Talapia, Shrimp, and Cod. Now I know what you may be thinking, that’s good to know, but what does this have to do with beauty, hair, or hygiene? Well, studies have shown that traces of Mercury have been found in some Mascara’s and Eye Drops. Mercury continues to be a common ingredient in over 200 prescription and over-the-counter medications, inlucding nasal spray, eye drops, and hemorrhoid relief ointment.
# 1 Phthalates
- Phtalates are a group of chemicals used in many products to increase the flexibility and softness in plastics. The most common types are dibutyl phthalate found in nail polish, diethyl phthalate found in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate found in various hairsprays. These chemicals have been linked to breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Stay away from any ingredient that ends in the phtalate.
Alot of websites and other resources will tell you that these ingredients are perfectly safe, mostly because if used in small doses, they are! However, Bacon is perfectly safe to eat according to the FDA, but we all know eating it every day is practically asking for a heart attack! As stated before, why not err on the side of caution ? Especially when there are available natural ingredient products that quite frankly work better. Are there any ingredients that you have discovered are harmful that weren’t mentioned? do you have some alternatives to the products that contain these harmful ingredients? comment, share, and discuss!