Beauty ads featuring gorgeous hair, flawless skin and stunning makeup are seen nearly everywhere, but what these ads fail to mention are the harmful ingredients in some of our favorite products. Of course we all want to be beautiful, but how far are you willing to go to achieve your desired results? Is your health worth sacrificing for beauty?
Sodium laureth sulfate is an inexpensive detergent often found in toothpaste, shampoos, soaps and body washes. It’s what gives our products the ability to lather. We all love a good lather, however, using shampoos that contain this ingredient will cause your color to quickly appear dull in just a few washes. Even more damaging, sodium laureth sulfate can be heavily deposited in the hair follicle and on the skin’s surface, potentially leading to hair follicle damage. If this isn’t enough to make you more aware of the products that you use, according to healthy-communications.com, there have also been studies indicating that after making contact with skin, sodium laureth sulfate can enter and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain. For those of you that don’t want to take any chances, sulfate free shampoos are great alternatives. These products can now be found on the shelves of your local Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and the alike.
Another harmful ingredient that may be lurking in your beauty products is Formaldehyde. This chemical preservative is commonly found in hair strengtheners, as well as household cleaning products. Additionally, formaldehyde is often used to preserve nail polish. It acts as a hardening agent to the lacquer, preventing chipping. According to BuildingGreenTv.com, high concentrations of the chemical can trigger asthma attacks in those who suffer from the inflammatory disease. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals, and may cause cancer in humans. Other health risks caused by the chemical include fatigue, skin rash and severe allergic reactions. If you are like me and think the risk doesn’t outweigh the reward, seek a formaldehyde free hair straightener and nail polish. Be sure to read the labels and bring up any concerns to your beauty professional, making sure that you are keeping your hair and body healthy.
The last harmful ingredient that we’ll discuss is called Paraben. This chemical compound is likely to be found in many of the products used in your daily routine, as its main purpose is to extend shelf life. It is used in shampoos, moisturizers, shaving gels, cleansing gels, personal lubricants, makeup and toothpaste. What you may not know is that parabens can mimic the female hormone estrogen, which is known to play a key role in the development of breast cancer.
With the potentially harmful ingredients that can be found in today’s beauty products, we have to applaud the companies that go above and beyond to create great products without compromising your health. Sidlab Hair Couture is one of the few companies that care about the health of your hair and the wellbeing of your body. Sidlab Hair Couture has taken the time to create quality products that deliver great results without running the risk of harmful side effects. Sidlab’s new Haute Hair Smoothing System consists of three products that work together to leave your hair flawless and frizz free. The system has a blend of wheat proteins, hemp seed oil, vitamins and essential oils to protect against the unwanted affects of humidity. Most importantly, all of the products in the system are free of sodium laureth sulfate and paraben. For more information about Sidlab Hair Couture and their line of toxin free products, visit their website or call 503.358.0782.
When we asked Sidlab spokesman why they chose to not use harmful ingredients in the hair products he said, “Having beautiful hair shouldn’t mean having an unhealthy body” and eSalonSpace couldn’t agree more. Check the ingredient list before you make a purchase. Don’t let big chemical names intimidate you, if you’re not sure what something is, research it. Isn’t your health worth it?