SHAMPOO What does it say on the bot­tle? Where else is it found?

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Sodium lau­reth sul­phate/sls/sles

What is it?

Sodium lau­reth sul­phate is a type of de­ter­gent used in all man­ner of clean­ing prod­ucts, from your shampoo to the cleaner you use on your garage floor.

What does it do?

it’s a lath­er­ing agent, used to cre­ate the foamy bub­bles we’ve come to ex­pect from sham­poos. it’s the lack of SLS that means or­ganic sham­poos cre­ate far fewer bub­bles.

Should you avoid it?

our ex­perts say yes. “The US En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency recog­nises it is a po­ten­tial car­cino­genic,” ex­plains Amy. While SLS does cut through grease ef­fec­tively, its po­tency also means it can cause skin ir­ri­ta­tion and dry out the hair and scalp.

Where else is it found?

in some brands of tooth­paste, mouth­wash, body­wash and shower gels and soaps, as well as in all man­ner of house­hold de­ter­gents.

02 What does it say on the bot­tle?

Parabens. in spe­cific terms, these can in­clude ethyl­paraben, methyl­paraben, propy­l­paraben, butyl­paraben and isobutyl­paraben.

What is it?

Parabens are a group of chem­i­cals that pre­vent bac­te­ria growth.

What does it do?

Be­cause parabens stop bac­te­ria from mul­ti­ply­ing they help ex­tend your prod­uct’s shelf life. The more nat­u­ral a prod­uct is, the shorter its use-by pe­riod is likely to be.

Should you avoid it?

While the med­i­cal com­mu­nity is split over whether parabens pose any real risk to health at per­mit­ted lev­els, they are a known al­ler­gen and should be avoided in shampoo by any­one with sen­si­tive or re­ac­tive skin. “Parabens have been as­so­ci­ated with al­ler­gic re­ac­tions,” ex­plains Sam­ina, “and some­times when con­sumers think they are al­ler­gic to a spe­cific prod­uct, they’re ac­tu­ally re­act­ing to the preser­va­tives”. Parabens are used in all man­ner of beauty prod­ucts, and are par­tic­u­larly com­mon in de­odor­ant, lo­tion, lip­stick and body scrubs.

03 What does it say on the bot­tle?

dime­thicone, oth­er­wise known as poly­dimethyl­silox­ane or PDMS

What is it?

A sil­i­cone-based poly­mer or, in lay­man’s terms, a type of plas­tic.

What does it do?

Used as a smooth­ing agent, dime­thicone is a pop­u­lar in­gre­di­ent in shampoo as it makes hair ap­pear smooth, shiny and vis­i­bly healthy.

Should you avoid it?

Sci­en­tif­i­cally, sil­i­cones are safe, the only real side ef­fects be­ing po­ten­tial dry­ness or ir­ri­ta­tion for those with sen­si­tive skin. it is, how­ever, es­sen­tially there to dis­guise dam­age and act as a bar­rier, which is bad news for any­one who wants to keep their tresses in tip-top con­di­tion. “What it’s re­ally do­ing,” sum­marises gemma, “is stop­ping any other in­gre­di­ent pen­e­trat­ing into the hair’s cor­tex.”

Where else is it found?

dime­thicone is a com­mon in­gre­di­ent in any beauty prod­uct where a smooth fin­ish is de­sired, from hair and skin­care prod­ucts to primers and foun­da­tions.

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