GO FOR NATURAL:
SEEDS and OILS from Avocados, Shea, Argan, Olives and Jojoba will give you shine without an oily buildup.
VITAMIN B in it's hair care form is known as PANTHENOL-- Your hair will stay safe as Panthenol thickens follicles and retains moisture.
VITAMIN E is a great stimulant for growth of capillaries, when the capillaries are healthy and profuse, the blood circulation in the scalp will be enhanced which will therefore promote strong and healthy growth of hair.
CITRIC ACID is also another safe bet , as it's used to lower PH balance in shampoos while keeping your hair cuticles flat.
JUST A LITTLE BIT OF CAREFUL CONSIDERATION WHEN PICKING OUT YOUR PRODUCTS CAN SAVE BOTH YOUR HAIR AND YOUR HEALTH FROM SOME OF THE NASTIEST EFFECTS OF THE CHEMICALS FOUND IN MANY COMMERCIAL HAIR CARE PRODUCTS.
That is why Youtiful Moisture contains all natural ingredients and steer clear from the chemicals listed below.
Ingredients to avoid when buying hair products
The Chemical That Affects the Immune System
- Dioxin is not usually listed in the ingredients, but it is often contained in antibacterial ingredients like emulsifiers, PEGs and sulfates.
- “Dioxin literally modifies the functioning and genetic mechanism of the cell, causing a wide range of effects, from cancer to reduced immunity to nervous system disorders to miscarriages and birth deformity.
- The tiniest amount can cause damage, and our bodies have no defense against it. The most visible example was Yushchenko, the new Ukrainian President, who suffered from dioxin poisoning and seemed to age overnight.” (RedFlag Skincare Toxins to Avoid)
PEG (Polyethylene Glycol):
The Chemical that Makes Hair Brittle
- PEGs are most commonly used in spray-on oven cleaners and in many hair and skin products.
- PEG’s main functions are to dissolve oil and grease. Thus, on the body, they take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.
- Propylene Glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze. It is also used in makeup, toothpaste, and deodorant.
- Stick deodorants have a higher concentration of PG than is allowed for most industrial use!
- Direct contact can cause brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.
- It's perfectly safe for its intended use -- deep cleaning ovens that have accumulated a ton of baked in grease. But unless you're regularly deep frying your hair in oil, you're not likely to ever need such a harsh chemical to dissolve oil and grease buildup on your hair.
- Keep this chemical in your kitchen, where it will do the greatest -- and most appropriate -- good.
- The EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing, and goggles when working with it. And yet, the FDA says we can put it in our mouths!
The Chemical That Clogs Pores
- Petrolatum is a petrochemical that contains two well-known carcinogens: Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene.
- As you might imagine from a petroleum derivative, petrolatum prevents the skin from breathing and excreting.
Sodium Laurel/ Laureth Sulfate:
The Chemical That Makes Hair Dry
- Stay away from sodium laurel / laureth sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium dodecylsulfate, sulfuric acid, sodium salt sulfuric acid, A12-00356, Akyposal SDS, Aquarex ME, and Aquarex methyl.
- While SLS is a key ingredient in industrial detergents and cleansing agents -- including engine degreasers and garage floor cleaners -- it is also shockingly found in a high number of leading shampoos.
- There's a laundry list of healthcare issues associated with exposure to this deadly chemical, least of which is the severe damage it does to hair by drying it out.
- In short, if it can degrease an engine, it shouldn't go anywhere near your lovely locks.
The Chemical That Irritates The Scalp:
- Proplyene glycol (PG) is perhaps to blame for scalp irritation.
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency lists proplyene glycol as one of the top 10 ingredients used in hair-care products that can potentially impact health with overexposure.
- Found in conditioners, shampoos, hair dyes, and styling gels and lotions, this offender breaks down healthy hair proteins and cellular structure while giving the appearance of shiny, smooth hair.
- In the world of hair care, proplyene glycol would be the proverbial "wolf in sheep's clothing."
The Chemical That Makes Hair Break
- Avoid isopropyl alcohol at all cost.
- Used in antifreeze, wood finish and shellac, isopropyl alcohol is designed to dissolve oils, which can strip the hair of moisture.
- Many hair gels, root lifters, volumizers and hairsprays use this substance to help you hold a hairstyle's look -- at the risk of having your tresses snap off.
- In addition to this chemical damaging your hair one strand at a time, A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients warns that inhalation or ingestion of vapor from isopropyl alcohol may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis and even coma. Your perfectly coifed do will do you no good in the hospital.
- Isopropyl Alcohol is a petrolatum-derived substance. It is used in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotion, and aftershave lotions as well as in your car’s antifreeze and shellac!
- Scientists believe that it has the ability to destroy intestinal flora, leaving the body’s major organs open to parasites, and thus to cancers.
- Beyond attacking the intestinal flora, isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma.
- you can use rubbing alcohol to absorb water when spilled on a phone, computer, etc. So why would you want to put it on your hair and scalp? A huge cause of damaged hair is hair that lacks moisture.
- Side effects linked with inhalation or ingestion of isopropyl alcohol are headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, anesthesia, and coma. The fatal ingested dose is less than one ounce.
The chemical that clogs pores
- Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative that coats the skin like Saran Wrap, which prevents the skin from breathing, absorbing, and excreting.
- It also slows the skin’s natural cell development, causing the skin to age prematurely. Note that baby oil is 100% mineral oil—and 100% bad for your baby’s sensitive skin.
The chemical that contains Estrogen
- Paraben is a class of chemicals widely used in cosmetics/ hair products that are fungicidal and bactericidal.
- They been found inside breast cancer tumors.
- They mimic estrogen (the hormone involved in breast cancer)
- Guys are exposed to estrogen (like the types of pesticides used on hops, which make beer), may develop man-boobs
- Parabens have also been linked with premature aging, if used with UVB light.
Phthalates and Parabens:
- Banned by the European Union in 2003, phthalates and parabens are a group of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
- They keep hairsprays sticky and bacteria and fungus out of things like nail polish and perfume. Both have demonstrated themselves to be carcinogenic and particularly linked to breast cancer.
UREA ---- FORMALDEHYDE:
The chemical that contains Nitrogen
- Urea is the main nitrogen-containing component of urine in mammals.
- The urea used in hair products is synthetically made; The bad news is both ureas and DMDM Hydantoin are formaldehyde-releasers.
- The purpose of releasing formaldehyde in shampoo is to have it kill unfavorable bacteria (it’s a preservative).
- Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (causes cancer) and comes in other names like Quaternium-15 and Bronopol.
- The FDA in the United States has deemed these ingredients safe in small doses, but they are banned in other countries, including Canada.
- Formaldehyde is a “volatile organic compound”, which means that it may become breathable gas under warm, wet conditions (like in the shower). It is also known to irritate your eyes and respiratory system, cause heart palpitations, and cause dermatitis, inflammation of the skin.
- Exposure to formaldehyde can also cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep.
- It can aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma. In serious conditions, it can weaken the immune system and cause cancer.
Do you have any experiences with these ingredients? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments.
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