Have you ever taken the time to read all the ingredients on your shampoo bottle? It takes a lot of patience and very good reading glasses, as you will find many words you didn’t even know existed. Let us help you by revealing some of the ingredients you should avoid at all costs.
The ingredients you don’t want to read on your bottle of shampoo
Triclosan is the first that comes to mind when we think of harmful ingredients that shouldn’t be in our life. Triclosan is a widespread chemical ingredient which raises concerns because of its use in pesticides. However, it also has many commercial applications and is often found in shampoo (but also deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, and hand soap). This antibacterial and antifungal agent is linked to many undesirable effects on human health, such as weakening the immune system. Children exposed to antibacterial products at an early age have an increased chance of developing allergies, asthma, and eczema. Triclosan is also very harmful to nature, as it sticks to aquatic organisms in rivers, lakes or ponds. As a result, it accumulates very easily and can be ingested by various bacteria and algae living in the ecosystem. To make a long story short, triclosan is a big no-no to put in your hair multiple times a week.
Another ingredient you should stay away from as much as possible is parabens. Widely used as a preservative in cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, and shampoo, parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer. Member of David Suzuki Foundation’s Dirty Dozen, parabens are known to have health and environmental hazards.
Last but not least are sulfates, another common ingredient found in many cosmetics and cleaning products. Sulfates are an additive that causes the foaming action - cue the moment you’re under the impression something is getting extra clean. You can thank sulfates for that, but you should also wonder if it really is a good sign that your shampoo (or any other cleaning product) is foaming as much as it does. Causing skin irritation, sulfates have also been linked to organ toxicity and are also harmful to the environment. Another ingredient to keep an eye out for due to its many negative effects.
Good news, you can avoid all these harmful ingredients by choosing natural products that will not be detrimental to you, your family, and the environment. And, you may not understand everything you read on the labels of your everyday products, but these three are definitely ones you’ll want to remember and avoid.