If you’re one of those people looking for healthy alternatives to taking care of your hair and skin, read on. There are several hair and skin care products on the market. What they all have in common is that they all have several ingredients in the products, with some having the same ingredients as others. However, if you’re a health conscious user, how do you know which ones have ingredients you should avoid?
Four individuals were asked recently to give their input on which ingredients to avoid in hair and skin products. Based on their own experience and knowledge, they were able to give their insight on this manner that’ll make shopping for healthy beauty and hair care products easier.
“Basically I always tell my clients, if they try out a new product and after 1-2 weeks of using it they see more clogged pores, more oil in their skin, bumps, zits, acne or mild eczema or irritation, dump the product,” said Monica Kovacsinszky, a Beauty Consultant of Market America. According to Monica, the worst ingredients one shouldn’t have in their hair or skin are: linseed oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, oleic acid, coal tar, squalene, corn oil, safflower oil, lanolin, mineral oil, sun flower oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, mink oil, and lanolic acid.
Beauty products in particular that have oil in them can cause acne, which is why even though not all oils can cause acne, it’s best to avoid them altogether.
Melissa Douglas, a beauty blogger of MyHair Paradise, says she stays away from products that contain parabens, which she says has been linked to breast cancer, petrolatum and mineral oil, that aren’t suitable to breathe or have on your hair or skin, and toluene, which damages the nervous system.
Charlie Emery, who provides beauty tips through her YouTube channel, agrees that mineral oil is an ingredient that should be avoided, but adds that it doesn’t allow your skin to breathe, and that you might as well wrap yourself in plastic, cause that’s how your skin would feel.
“A friend of mine did a test at a party of hers and put a cracker in a bowl of water, and a cracker in a bowl of mineral oil, Charlie said. At the end of the night, the cracker in water was complete mush and the cracker in the oil was completely unchanged. Do you really want that on your skin? Talk about break outs.”
Lastly, upon getting input from Sonya Stratfull, a hair stylist, she gave her insight the main ingredient people should watch out for when purchasing hair products.
“One ingredient to avoid are various alcohols that dry out the hair,” Sonya said. Even if someone had oily hair, the alcohol could dry out the skin and cause oil glands to overproduce as a reaction and thus creating a terrible cycle that may take weeks to treat.”
Now that you’ve heard from a few beauty experts of ingredients that you should avoid in hair and beauty products, do you agree or disagree with some of the ingredients mentioned in this topic. Why or why not? Perhaps there are ingredients that weren’t mentioned that you know could have made the list. Comment below and share your thoughts.