Of all the things you worry about today, you might not want to think about the dangers lurking in your… shampoo. Yes, your shampoo. It may contain harmful ingredients that you want to avoid. So to stay safe, you might want to start checking your shampoo ingredients.
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What research says
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released information on adverse reports related to food and beauty products. This data came from the center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and goes back to as far as 2004. The data provides a good basis to further research on the health effects of beauty supplies.
Steve Xu, a physician in dermatology at McGaw Medical Center, pointed out that hair and skincare products topped the list of adverse events in this report. So taking a good look at your shampoo bottle the next time you’re in the shower might just work in your advantage.
Too often the shampoo on store shelves don’t have regulations – so without even realizing it, you might just be dousing something medically harmful all over your body. The FDA is trying to explain why it’s like that on their website:
Companies and individuals who manufacture or market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients.
But don’t freak out – the FDA does restrain the cosmetic industry from using certain ingredients. The organization may step in if a product is clearly misbranded and the company doesn’t issue a recall itself.
What shampoo ingredients to avoid
People with sensitive skin should stay away – this ingredient is well-known as a skin, eye, mouth, and even lung irritant. Sodium laureth sulfate may contain a chemical known to cause cancer in laboratory mice. However, researchers have not found a direct link to cancer in people.
Parabens are usually used by companies to protect against bacterial growth. However, the chemical mimics estrogen in the body and can cause cancer cells to grow more quickly. For now, the FDA has not found a strong enough link to ban this ingredient.
If you want to take matters into your own hands, find out as much as you can about your shampoo ingredients and make sure you know what you put on your scalp. Did you know that Nutrafol is made from natural ingredients that provide the building blocks for healthy hair growth? So why not try out a supplement as a change? Here you can read more about Nutrafol’s natural ingredients that support hair health.