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Best Hair Care – Eliminate Sulfates and Parabens

 

Sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners are better for your health and the environment. They are also ideal for those with skin sensitivities.

Summer is the time of year when we need to be mindful of taking care of our hair.  The sun, the chlorine, the heat … they can all damage hair if we aren’t careful.  And so can many hair care products, especially those that contain sulfates and parabens.

Why are these ingredients bad for you?  The facts might surprise you.

Sulfates are foaming agents that are added to cleaning products, including shampoos.  The most common sulfate is sodium laurel sulfate (SLS).  According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, SLS has been linked to organ toxicity, skin irritation and is harmful to the environment.  While some studies have linked sulfates to cell damage, The Journal of the American College of Toxicology considers it safe in concentrations below 1 percent, however, most shampoos that contain sulfates typically have a concentration of around 15 percent!  That’s scary news.  Sulfates also strip the hair of essential oils, irritate the skin, are drying, and cause color to fade prematurely.  We recommend the sulfate-free products sold by in Harmony Naturals.  They promote healthy skin cell rejuvenation, while naturally cleansing and conditioning.   The sodium lauryl sulfoacetate used in their shampoo is derived from coconut and palm oils, and is 100% of natural origin. It’s also a certified cruelty-free and vegan product.

Alarmed by the harmful ingredients currently being used by the beauty industry, Dr. Carole Kowalczyk developed a beauty line that uses only safe, clean ingredients; no parabens, no sulfates, no dyes or synthetic fragrances. Only the best that nature has to offer.

Parabens are harmful because they can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells and cause breast cancer.  And they are suspected of being a cause for early puberty in girls and may even cause low sperm count and testicular cancer.  So why then would the beauty industry use parabens in their products?!  Because it is a cheap preservative and the industry is currently unregulated.  To make matters worse, parabens are found under a range of compound names and so they are hard to detect.  Some commonly found parabens are butylparabens, propylparabens and methylparabens.  However, they are also often mentioned on product bottles as Alkyl parahydroxy benzoates. Experts suggest that it is better to look for safer alternatives and stop using paraben-based products altogether.  One possibility is the paraben-free product line created by Carole Kowalczyk, M.D., a reproductive endocrinology who grew so alarmed by the lack of regulation in the beauty industry that she developed a safe, clean, organic beauty line, an alternative to what is currently out there.

 

 

To learn more about the importance of having clean, safe ingredients in your hair and beauty products, click here.

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Sulfate-Free and Paraben-Free Beauty

There are so many frightening ingredients in today’s beauty products.  Often we read words like sulfates and parabens without understanding what that means for our health. And it’s complicated, because there are so many dissenting opinions.

Take sulfates, for example.  Ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureate sulfate (SLES) are chemicals found in shampoo, toothpaste and soaps.  These chemicals act as a foaming agent.  In more concentrated forms, they are also used in industrial cleaners – engine degreasers, carwash soaps, even floor cleansers.  They are believed by many experts to be carcinogens, which are absorbed into our bloodstreams.  And they are known to cause hair, skin and even eye irritations.  In the case of this blogger, SLS causes my tongue to break out in canker sores.  Sadly, most commercial toothpaste brands use it.  Just read the ingredient label of your favorite toothpaste.  You’ll see what I mean.

So why does the industry use sulfates?  Because they are cheap and effective at stripping away that oily feeling and making us feel clean.  And because the beauty care industry is unregulated here in the United States.

It’s the same with parabens.  Parabens have been widely used in products to prevent bacteria growth since the 1950’s.  Before that formaldehyde was used!  Common names for parabens are: butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben.  They don’t sound too good, do they?  These parabens have been deemed xenoestrogens that mimic estrogen in the body.  They are linked to breast cancer, testicular cancer and reproductive issues.  Experts in many countries are recommending limits on paraben levels in beauty products.  And watchdog groups warn that parabens can be stored in the body and that over time will pose a health risk.

So wouldn’t you rather use beauty products with ingredients you recognize … and can pronounce?  Ingredients that won’t cause long term health problems?

Organic, sulfate-free and paraben-free hair care.

 

in Harmony is passionate about beauty products that are good for you. We want you to look beautiful and feel beautiful … naturally. Everything we create is made using the best nature has to offer – organic ingredients, therapeutic grade essential oils and pure minerals. Nothing harmful will touch your skin. Even those with sensitivities and allergies will find in Harmony rejuvenating and healing.  See more.

After all, we know that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it.  There is nothing harmful – no sulfates, no parabens, no synthetic fragrances and no dyes. Only nature’s best ingredients. Most of our beauty products are vegan, gluten free and wheat free.

Be beautiful naturally … with in Harmony.

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Know the Ingredients in Your Beauty Products

Just like in the food industry, you need to read the ingredients that are in your skin care and makeup products.  According to a study released last year by the Harvard School of Public Health, the average U.S. person is exposed to more than 100 chemicals in their cosmetics, soaps and personal care products before leaving the house in the morning!

And what’s even more disturbing is that some of these products contain a dozen or more chemicals, many of which are carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins that are absorbed through our skin … our largest organ.

Unfortunately the FDA currently has little power to regulate ingredients in personal care.  There is legislature under consideration by Congress – The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Act of 2013 – which would require more safety measures, but until it is approved we need to be our own advocates.  So read the labels.  Make sure you know what you are putting on your face and your body.

At in Harmony we pride ourselves on safe, non-toxic ingredients.  Our products are all natural, developed by a doctor and are 80-100% organic.  Many of our competitors claim to be organic, but only 3%+ of their ingredients are.  How can they do this?  Because the industry is not yet regulated.

We use only safe, pure, clean ingredients in our beauty care products. Ingredients that nourish, treat and heal like organic aloe vera, organic avocado butter, organic tea and oils.

 

Learn more about Why in Harmony Naturals and let’s all be healthier and wiser about using products that are good for us.