How To Choose The Right Shampoo? Your Guide
Today there is a wide range of skincare and body care products, hair care market is no exception. Almost everyone has heard about the dangers of sulfates, but are they the only ones that are unsafe for our body?
There are a number of components, if you see them on the package, you should immediately put this shampoo in place. Among such components are:
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).
Lauryl- and laureth sulfates are derivatives of sulfuric acid (one of the most caustic and dangerous reagents known to man), i.e. very aggressive and harmful surfactants (surface active chemical compounds that remove contaminants).
Regular use of sulfate-containing products causes irritation, dryness, itching, allergic reactions, hair loss (due to deposition on the hair follicles) + destruction of the skin’s natural protective barrier. Use in concentrations higher than 3% has a toxic effect on the body and the environment. And in shampoos, as a rule, these percentages are 15-20%.
Safer use of mitigation surfactants: Lauryl glucoside (coconut glucose product), Decyl Glucoside (cornstarch and coconut oil product), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (coconut oil product), Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate.
Another non-safe shampoo component. Benzoic acid derivatives are inexpensive preservatives, perfectly extend an expiration date. Parabens easily pass through the skin’s protective barrier and most importantly they have estrogenic activity. The most dangerous butylparaben and its derivatives.
Alternative: almond, olive, lavender, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, argan and lavender oil, extracts of oregano, thyme, rosemary, grapefruit seeds
3.Mineral oil – refined petroleum products
WHO (World Health Organization) classifies mineral oils as the 1st group of carcinogenic substances. Only highly purified oils are not considered hazardous. The mass market shampoos contain hazardous mineral oils, including dangerous phthalates, benzenes, and formaldehyde polietilenglikol.
Always pay attention to the ingredients if there’s anything dangerous to your health or not.