Toxic Substances You’re Putting on Your Skin and Hair Everyday
Look at your soap dish and your shampoo bottle. Undeniably, these items are responsible for cleansing your skin and body, and are the reasons why you don’t go to work or school smelling like cat fart everyday. Unknowingly though, these items may also be responsible for the slow yet constant deterioration of your skin and hair’s condition. They contain harmful ingredients, and they will prove detrimental to your skin in the long run: contrary to how they’re advertised.
Keep in mind that there are a lot of benefits of being toxic free, and in order to achieve these, resorting to natural and organic shampoos, soaps and cosmetics must be done. If you’re stubborn and still sticking to your anti-dandruff shampoo and deodorant soap, read their labels. Here are the ingredients you might see:
#1. Parabens, a widely used preservative
This substance is used by a number of pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, mainly found in numerous products such as shampoos, shaving gels, makeup and even toothpaste. Its main function is to prevent the growth of various microorganisms, like mold, various fungi and bacteria.
We can’t deny the fact that it’s useful, but this substance is highly dangerous: this substance is absorbed into the skin and is found in large amounts in breast tumors. This in turn means that constantly using them will open up the possibility of having breast cancer, which is a morbid prospect. Yes, this chemical is present in your soap, shampoo, facial cleansers and body wash.
#2. Polysorbates, binder of oil and water
This substance is a miracle worker: it binds oik and water together. Its main function in shampoos and hair conditioners is to dissolve fragrances and oils in the finished product. Like parabens, these substances are useful; but then again, they can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Shampoos and soaps containing this substance may leave polysorbate residue which may dissolve the skin’s natural oils, particularly on the scalp. In some people, this may cause an overgrowth of dandruff.
#3. Triclosan – antibacterial and probacterial at the same time
This chemical substance is usually found in antibacterial soaps. If one of your soap has “antibacterial” on its label, then you can safely say it has triclosan. Although it helps quelling the colonies of bacteria on your armpits and spaces between your toes, it is credited to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. It is also known as an endocrine disruptor, which may hamper thyroid and reproductive functions.
#4. Amodlmethlcone – the reason why your hair is smooth
Shampoos and hair conditioners make your hair smooth as a mirror’s surface mainly due to it trapping moisture inside, but it can cause a number of complications. This compound is a silicone-based polymer and though it may trap moisture, it prevents other things from coming out. It doesn’t allow your scalp to “breathe” and in the process, seal the hair follicles and pores.
Overall, you won’t find these toxic chemical substances naturally-derived and organic soaps and shampoos. Being toxic-free means avoiding the risks posed by the above mentioned chemical substances, thus benefiting your health in the long run.