Are chemicals in beauty products not that bad?
From pollutants in the environment to the preservatives and hormone-whacking addictive in foods, we’re taking in a lot of toxic substances. So while the beauty industry says the levels of toxins in cosmetics and skin care are within acceptable standards, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and other consumer groups disagree.
Using natural and organic products and taking precautions like wearing hats and staying out of the sun mid-day, are no-brainers.
Educated consumers know the beauty industry is given a LOT of discretion on the ingredients they use and often, it’s only years after a chemical has been on the market and raked up damages and lawsuits, that consumer protection agencies intervene.
For example, it wasn’t that long ago that the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration issued a warning that formaldehyde, a popular hair smoothing ingredient, can cause breathing difficulty, eye damage (including blindness) and even cancer. And the EWG found that adolescent girls’ bodies are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products
So, not to be an alarmist, but the point should be made that we all must be educated consumers. While I can’t make the financial decision for you whether to use natural hair products or not (some of them are pricey AF!), it’s always good to know some good natural and organic alternatives.
These are safer haircare products I highly recommend:
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
This sulfate-free shampoo gets rid of gunk and buildup and contains binchotan charcoal that draws impurities from the scalp and hair follicle. Certified organic products like lavender, Shea butter and sweet almond oil makes it good for you and the environment. $42. Find it at Sephora.
Innersence Color Awakening Hair Bath
Pleasing to the senses this gentle hair and scalp bath is derived from the fatty acids of apricots and natural plant sources. It’s 100% sulfate-free and leaves hair healthy, clean and full of bounce without residue or dryness. $31 on Amazon.com.
This 100 percent vegan company makes alcohol, paraben and sulfate-free hair products, which they refer to as hair food. have shampoos made from organic herbal infusion and conditioners made from macadamia nut oil.