21 Aug

Why I Avoid Beauty Products Containing Parabens and Sulfates

I've transitioned from face products containing parabens to all natural

I’ve transitioned from face products containing parabens to all natural

When it comes to personal care, it’s very important to know what’s in the products you are using. In my opinion, Parabens and Sodium Laurel Sulfate are two chemicals that should be avoided like the plague. Below details why.

About Parabens

By definition, Parabens are inexpensive antifungals used in various products, including food. You can find Parabens in most all commerical shampoos, toothpaste, moisturizers, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals, deodorants and many skin care products. Parabens can be identified by various names: methylparaben, butylparaben, and ethyparaben.

There have been studies for and against the use of parabens. Many studies declare that parabens are not healthy for you because of:

1- Their ability to mimic the estrogen hormone. Estrogen in high levels has been known to cause certain types of breast cancer. Parabens have even been found in certain types of breast tumors.

2- Developmental problems can occur with regular exposure.

3- Studies have found exposure to parabens from creams and lotions, greatly increases the risk of the parabens being ingested through the skin.

4- Studies have shown that parabens can be linked to premature aging of the skin.

Many people are alright with using products with Parabens because there has been no definitive proof. To each his own. There are some good products on the market with parabens in them but what about long time exposure? The problem with Parabens comes with long term or prolonged exposure.

About Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Sodium Laurel Sulfate, also known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate is another inexpensive chemical that is commonly used in personal care products such as shampoos, toothpaste, and soap. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is used in degreasers and for clinical testing on animals and skin to determine it’s effectiveness on irritated skin. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is so dangerous because of it’s potential to absorb rapidly and deeply through the skin into the body.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate can severely dry out the skin and cause the hair to fall out due to damaging the hair follicles. It is corrosive and very drying. Sodium Laurel Sulfate has also been linked to cancer causing carcinogens.

There is a lot more detailed information on the web about the harmfulness of Sodium Laurel Sulfate. However, I’ve given you a brief summary that I believe adequately details the dangers of Sodium Laurel Sulfate.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Google “dangers of Parabens” and “dangers of Sodium Laurel Sulfate.” There are many studies available that you can read in more depth. I don’t know about you but I will not take that unnecessary risk with my health when there are natural alternatives available. God intended for us to use the good of the earth. Man made chemicals may have their place from time to time but they are just not the best that’s available to you.

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19 Jun

How I Successfully Use Shea Moisture’s Curling Soufflé

styling with shea moisture curling Soufflé

styling with shea moisture curling Soufflé

Many naturals dislike Shea Moisture’s Curling Soufflé. I suspect it’s the high glycerine content because it can leave your hair feeling sticky, gummy and a poofy mess. That is, IF you don’t know how to properly apply it. For starters, I don’t think Shea Moisture’s Curling Soufflé is meant to be used solo. It’s more of a complimentary product and should be used scarcely.

I discovered that while this Curing Soufflé can be a bit of a hit or miss for styling, there’s one way to successful use it and that is to create twists or a twist out.

When paired with Shea Moisture’s Curl & Style Milk, this Soufflé will leave you with nice, luscious and soft twists. The key is to use just a tiny amount on the hair and then apply the Curl & Style Milk OVER it vs. applying beneath it.

twist out

It took me FOREVER to figure this out. I was ready to throw the entire jar out at one point but I stuck it back in the drawer.

Well, never the one to want to waste money I decided to give it another try. My results were stellar but would I purchase it again?

Probably not LOL. It was just too much trial and error to get this product to play nicely in my hair. And while I have figured out a way to use it successfully, there are many other products that I use without such….toil!

Have you had success using Shea Moisture’s Curling Soufflé? What did it take?

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