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What is lurking in your hair and body products?

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

We are all learning to read the labels when it comes to the food we eat, but how many of us read the labels on our hair and body products?  The ingredients in our beauty products can lead to hair loss and skin allergies, and can even affect our breathing.  We took the time to read the labels, and were surprised at the number of chemicals and toxins in our everyday toiletries.  Here is a list of some of the major offenders lurking in our hair and body products:

Formaldehyde– yes, this toxin is better known as antifreeze.  It causes wheezing, nausea and can be an eye irritant.

Proplene Glycol– another form of antifreeze leading to overly dry skin.

Phthalates– found in softeners, these chemicals mimic naturally found hormones in the body, and act as endocrine disruptors.  They coat and suffocate the skin and scalp, and are known to lead to breast cancer.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate– used to create foaming, as in shampoo and toothpaste.  This toxin was originally used as an industrial cleaner and degreaser, and also used in pesticides.  Probably not ideal for daily use in our hygiene products!

Parabens– these chemicals mimic natural estrogen in our bodies.  They bind to estrogen receptor cells and have been known to cause early onset puberty and menopause in women.

Dioxane– another foaming product.  This is also known as PEG, laureth, ethoxlated alcohol, or polysorbate.  Known for causing headaches, liver issues, hair follicle miniaturization, cancer and is irritating to the eyes.

We recommend you read your hair and body product labels and stay educated on the effects they can have on your hair and body.  If possible, opt for all natural products to avoid the effects of these chemicals and toxins.  Knowledge is the key to your overall health!