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May 31, 2022 3 min read

 A good moisturizer should be water based and contain natural ingredients that not only help to hydrate the hair, but nourish the scalp. These ingredients generally absorb easily and do not attract debris. They also contain a variety of vitamins such as A, E, and D, which provides an excellent diet for the follicles.  Some common natural ingredients to look for in a healthy moisturizer are aloe vera, water, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil,  herbs such as rosemary, lemongrass,  & other essential oils. . Below is a list of commonly used ingredients that you should pass up, especially if they are in the top three positions on the ingredient list.

Mineral oil/Paraffin - Derivative of petroleum, used industrially as a cutting fluid and lubricating oil. It forms an oily layer on the skin and traps moisture under the skin thus preventing the skin from breathing. At the same time, it stops toxins and wastes from escaping. This may cause severe drying, damage to hair follicles, slow growth, stunted growth and hair loss.

Petrolatum and Paraffin Gel (petroleum jelly) - Mineral oil in a gel form; can cause many problems for photosensitive skin (that is to say it augments damage from the sun). It also tends to interfere with the body's natural moisturizing mechanism leading to dry skin. Any product sold that contains this chemical creates the very conditions that it claims to relieve. Many manufacturers use petrolatum because it is incredibly cheap.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) Detergent used as a moisturizer in floor cleaning products, found in engines and in Agent Orange (which served to kill vegetation and profoundly harmed human and animal life during and long after the Vietnam War.) SLS and SLES are used in laboratories as skin irritants in order to test soothing products. However, their low cost makes them present in the majority of shampoos and cosmetic foaming products. Several studies have underlined the harmful effects of their use: urinary infections, kidney and bladder infections, fertility problems, irritation to the eyes, skin and scalp, allergic reactions, lesions of the scalp and hair loss. Certain studies have asserted that SLS and SLES are carcinogenic (cause cancer)

Propylene Glycol - Derived from petroleum oil and found in automatic brakes and industrial defrosters. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS: charter for use of the products) of propylene glycol warns against contact with the skin. Nevertheless, rare are the cosmetics that do not use it as a moisturizer. The effects of propylene glycol on human health are numerous and alarming. It could cause dermatitis, ototoxicity, kidney damage and liver problems, according to various clinical studies.

Parabens (methyl, propyl-, butyl- and ethyl) - Used to inhibit microbial growth and to prolong the shelf life of products. Widely used, even though commonly known to be toxic. Cause many allergic reactions and cutaneous eruptions. It is extremely toxic.

Triethanolamine (TEA) - Often used in cosmetics to adjust pH. TEA cause allergic reactions, including eye problems, dry hair and skin leading to damage, and can be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period.

This is why it's important to use healthy hair care products. Sweet Nature is packed with with natural and organic ingredients such as herbs, oils, and butters proven to stimulate and repair follicles, nourish the scalp, and strengthen and hydrate the hair! Healthy hair growth is one click away!

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