“Free Of” Beauty Tips

After reading this post, you will want to rethink about some products that you’re using right now. Why? Because I am here to inform you about those harmful chemicals that should be avoided on your skin. There is that saying “you are what you eat” and that also applies for what you put on your skin. Did you know that 60% of what you put on your skin surface is absorbed? Crazy.

Sulfates

Recently I went to get my hair trimmed, and my stylist told me that my hair was thinning. And his suggestion to me was to not put the shampoo directly on the top of my scalp. Why you ask? Because most shampoos have sulfates and sulfates, believe it or not, are also an ingredient used to wash cars! Can you imagine how damaging that is for your scalp and hair? So naturally I apply shampoo directly on top of my head, but he suggests lathering the shampoo at the bottom of my hair first and then bringing the suds/bubbles to wash the top part of my hair. The reason for this is because the bubbles are not as damaging as the initial product. You could also try a sulfate-free shampoo.

Alcohols

Alcohol is an extremely dry agent and your skin should not be stripped of it’s natural oils. If you were to dry out your skin too much your pores will over compensate and produce more oil. Try using oil-free products that won’t over dry your skin, and at the same time not making it greasy. If you’re wanting to avoid alcohol the ingredients to look out for on labels are: isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol 40 and ethyl alcohol, ethanol, denatured alcohol, methanol, and benzyl alcohol.

Fragrances

We all love our products to smell nice and fresh, but according to the FDA, synthetic fragrances can cause skin irritation, discoloration, rashes and the list continues. Common synthetic fragrances include: geraniol, citral, and limonene.

Parabens

There has been controversy with parabens in the recent years. Parabens are commonly used as preservatives and once absorbed into your bloodstream can cause significant damage. Rumor has it that parabens are the cause of certain breast cancers (But at this time, science cannot directly prove this correlation). Parabens are often listed with the prefixes ethyl-. Methyl-, propyl-, isopropyl, butyl, or isobutyl.

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