Why You Should Be Using A Paraben-Free Shampoo and Conditioner
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If you’ve never heard of parabens before, you’re not alone. Most people don’t know about them. Yet, companies have been using them in almost every hair, skin, and beauty product since the 1950s.
Parabens are essentially preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, and they have amazing antibacterial and antifungal properties. Unfortunately, they also dry out your hair in the process.
Are Parabens Actually Bad For You?
After reading that, you might be thinking that parabens aren’t that bad. After all, what’s the price of a little dry hair if it protects it from fungus and bacteria?
Well, the fungus and bacteria that can grow on your scalp aren’t that dangerous to your health. Usually, the most they do is cause dandruff or dry scalp, which can be easily treated by all-natural shampoos or changing your hair care regimen.
But when you throw in all of the problems parabens cause compared to the benefits they bring, you’ll start to see why you should be using a paraben-free shampoo.
For example, parabens can cause allergic reactions and make some skin conditions like dermatitis and rosacea worse.
Studies also show that parabens can attach themselves to estrogen receptors in cells. Once there, they mimic the action of the body’s natural estrogen in cells, creating phytoestrogens, which cause a weak estrogen effect on the body.
Depending on which studies you read, this may or may not cause breast cancer, as traces of paraben chemicals have been found present in breast tumors. They’ve also been linked to skin cancer and developmental/reproductive toxicity.
Given the above, and the fact that you don’t need parabens to clean your hair, it would make sense to switch to a paraben-free product.
Besides, paraben-free shampoo and conditioners can keep hair better moisturized, and less prone to breakage and split ends. And, when you use an all-natural shampoo, you can actually fight the very things shampoos with parabens are designed to fight.
The list of parabens is long and includes different types such as propylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, and isobutylparaben. So if you’re looking to move away from them, look for those and similar paraben ingredients on your shampoos.
Of course, you could also try Puretanica Cool Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner. They’re natural and paraben-free!