Thursday, May 26, 2016

What's NOT an Ingredient a Selling Point for Paraben, Gluten, and Sulfate Free Products

Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about how marketers are now touting what's not in their products. The NO labels have been gaining strength the past couple of years. I have found these labels useful when scanning shelves for new products. I will pick up these items before ones without special labeling. Regardless of what the front may say, you need to read what is on the back of the package. Just because a product may not have one of the ingredients you are avoiding, that doesn't mean it automatically checks off the rest of your list. If a product has even one of the ingredients that I avoid, I won't buy it. Not everyone will be as hardcore in their purchase decisions, but I have been doing it for years and have managed to survive.

Ingredients that I avoid:

Parabens and BHT can be in just about any product, including bars of soap.
  • BHT
You will find these in shampoos and conditioners. Major skin irritants. Can cause scalp blistering and hair loss.
Common ingredients in sunscreen and most any product with an SPF. They can cause serious skin irritation and chemical burns. I use products with zinc and titanium dioxide instead.
No toothpaste with SLS. This is actually a skin irritant and blisters the inside of my mouth.

If you have a question about whether an ingredient is safe, check it in the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.

In the U.S., women use on average 12 products a day containing a total of 168 unique ingredients, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that researches chemicals in consumer products, among other things. Men use an average of six products with 85 unique ingredients.- Wall Street Journal

Read the full Wall Street Journal article.

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