Very often, the label cosmetics are labeled "contains no sulfates," or "does not contain parabens," but what exactly is this inscription, only a few know. Many people are unaware that such sulfates or parabens, not to mention why these substances should - or, conversely, should not - be part of cosmetic products.
Parabens - certain chemicals commonly used as effective preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Parabens are a part of various products - from shampoos and moisturizers to shaving creams and toothpaste
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. Furthermore, parabens are used as food additives and
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. Parabens are very common due to the low cost and high efficiency - but over time become one of the most controversial ingredients, as, presumably, could promote the development of breast cancer
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Parabens are capable of a small degree mimic estrogen
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, The female hormone that plays a role in the development of breast cancer - although numerous studies so far have not confirmed a direct link between parabens and disease. Cosmetic companies believe that parabens are safe - given the long history of their use in the cosmetic industry. Therefore, even today, find cosmetics, which structure does not include parabens, it is difficult - even though many manufacturers of natural cosmetics refuse to use parabens.
Sulfates are often found in shampoos and cleansers - by these substances acquire cosmetics foaming properties. However, the foam is formed by sulphates, is not always beneficial for the hair and skin.
Ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate - representatives of the most common categories of sulfates, which can be found in shampoos, shower gels, soaps. These sulfates can actually damage the hair wither and instead protect and moisturize them.
The high concentration of sulphates can cause significant skin and eye irritation - especially if the skin is sensitive. Contact sulfates in the respiratory tract can cause irritation to the respiratory system.
Small amounts of sulfates are safe, but this does not reduce the potential threat to the health of the hair, which as a result of the impact of sulfates eventually lose the necessary moisture. In addition, sulfates cause rapid fading of color-treated hair and curly hair damage.
Many manufacturers of products for hair care began to release new funds, the composition of which does not include sulfates. Although even today it is difficult to find a shampoo, which are not part of these substances, the choice of such products ultimately make the hair healthier.