Toxic Beauty - What's in Your Shampoo

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Toxic Beauty - What's in Your Shampoo

Shampoo contains detergents (the same ones used in laundry powder and washing-up liquid that can strip away the natural oils from your scalp and hair. When the skins's natural protective sebum is removed, greater loss occurs from the surface, which can lead to skin dryness and increase permeability, allowing the chemicals in hair dyes and other chemical solutions to be more readily absorbed.

  • Sodium laureth sulphate - can cause contact allergies and skin and eye irritation.
  • Sodium Laureth sulphate - can cause contact allergies, skin irritation and potentially damage the cornea if it comes in contact with the eyes. It also dissolves the protective oily layer of the skin, which can cause skin dryness. laurl sulphate readily enters the heart, lungs, liver and brain via skin contact, where residual levels are stored. A penetration enhancer.
  • Laureth-16 -can cause skin irritation
  • Malic Acid - an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which can cause skin irritation. AHAs can increase sensitivity to sunlight because of their ability to remove the protective outer layer of the skin.
  • PEG-12 dimethicone - PEG (polyethylene glycol) compounds can become accidentally contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a substance 'reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen', by the US department of Health and Human Services. The adverse effects of PEG-12 dimethicone have not been widely investigated.


  • Cocamide MEA - can cause skin irritation and sensitization and become contaminated, forming carcinogenic nitrosamines.
  • PPG-9 - can cause skin irritation.
  • Benzyl Alcohol - a skin and eye irritant , classified as a well-recognized consumer allergen by the Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-food Products Intended for Consumers (SCCNFP).
  • Glycine - in animal studies reaction to this substance (depending on how it is administered) have included endocrine disruption and alterations in motor activity.
  • Cocamide MIPA - can cause allergies and skin irritation.
  • Propylene glycol - can cause irritation of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It can also provoke allergic reactions in some individuals.
  • Lodopropynyl butylcarbamate - can cause irritation and contact allergies.
  • Disodium EDTA - can cause skin eye irritation.
  • Diazolidinyl urea - in its safety assessment this substance was a mild skin irritant in humans at concentrations of up to 0.4 per cent. It can cause contact dermatitis in some individuals and is a formaldehyde releaser. Formaldehyde is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
  • PARFUM - a concoction of synthetic fragrance, chemicals that often exceed 100 in number. Many of these may be potential skin irritants, allergens and sensitizers, as well as being linked with other health concerns.

Reference: Toxic Beauty : Dawn Mellowship



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