In a previous post, Nutrafol wrote about the FDA releasing some very much needed information related to food and beauty products, especially when you want to prevent hair loss. The FDA does restrain the cosmetic industry from using certain ingredients, but it’s wise to check the labels on your beauty products just in case.
Your beauty products contain a lot of chemicals, many of which are absorbed into your body…and the industry is still highly unregulated. It’s a fact that there is no pre-product approval before a product hits the market and enters your home. Of course, there is a minuscule approval process that exists, but only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs.
Also mentioned in a previous post, many of these chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators and carcinogenic. So, if you want to stay away from dangerous chemicals, have healthy hair and prevent hair loss, keep some of these in mind:
Prevent hair loss by staying away from:
Parabens are usually used as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in cosmetic products, which doesn’t sound so bad as you might think. Well…think again. They’re more than that. Parabens possess estrogen properties that have been associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. Parabens can be found in makeup, facial cleansers and shampoos. One way to avoid parabens is to make sure any beauty products you purchase are nutraceuticals. These are made strictly out of natural ingredients and no chemicals were added while producing them.
What does this category even mean? The term fragrance was created to protect a company’s secret formula. But for you as a consumer you could be putting on something containing chemicals dangerous for your health. According to the Enviromental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products, such as shampoos and conditioners.
This is a group of chemicals used in products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastic. They’re known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increase the risk of breast cancer. Phthalates are not disclosed on every product as they’re added to products in fragrances. They can be found in deodorants, perfumes and hair sprays.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
This can be found in more than 90 percent of personal cleansing products. Think – nearly everything that foams contains this. SLS’ are known skin, lung and eye irritants. Combinations with other chemicals can also lead to issues such as kidney and respiratory damage. Your shampoo likely contains them so make sure to choose one that has been spared from SLS/SLES.