The No-No Ingredients
There’s a laundry list of ingredients that are potentially harmful, regardless of whether the product is labeled “green,” “organic” or anything in between. Some of the bigger ones are:
Parabens: Preservatives that extend the shelf life of your products but can still enter the body through your skin and hair, causing a host of issues with your reproductive system.
Synthetic Fragrance: The chemical compounds that determine how your product smells. Depending on the person and their body’s chemistry, any of these combinations can lead to irritation and allergic reactions.
Formaldehyde: In its purest form, this is a colorless gas that’s also used in paper and plywood. It comes with a host of potentially dangerous side effects, such as skin irritation and even hair loss.
Aluminum: An ingredient most often found in antiperspirants to decrease sweat. In short, what it does is shrink or plug up the underarm pores and inhibit bacteria so they don’t secrete as much.
Sulfates: This can refer to any of the following: sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, or ammonium laureth sulfate. Sulfates are surfactants, or molecules that attract both water and oil. So, when you scrub on your body wash or shampoo, sulfates help pull away the dirt or oil. And when you rinse it off, they also aid the water in washing it away. It basically helps boost the effectiveness of whatever product you’re using. Unfortunately, they can sometimes work so well that they also strip your hair or skin of all its natural moisture in the process, leaving it dry and damaged.