he EPA is very concerned about the antimicrobial preservatives called parabens (alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates). Parabens are ubiquitous — found in cosmetics, skin creams, sunscreen lotions, shampoos — even pet food. The EPA states that all parabens — methyl, propyl, butyl — have been proven to have endocrine-disrupting effects. They are particularly concerned about the hormone-disrupting effects of nonoxynol (nonyl phenol) found in hair colorings, shampoos, and spermicides, and sunscreen chemicals such as benzophenone [oxybenzone] and methoxycinnamate. Endocrine disruptors are chemical substances, primarily man-made synthetics, that interfere with the function of the endocrine system. These chemicals mimic, block or disrupt the actions of human (and animal) hormones and, unexpectedly, do more damage at low levels of exposure than at high levels.
Hey there! To add to the previous answer, sodium lauryl sulfate is deemed to be a harmful ingredient. I’m no scientist, so I’m not going to attempt to sound like one – but I’ll give it a go at explaining why this is potentially hazardous. It’s noted to have a “degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properities”. It can cause damage to your hair follicle, liver, skin and even permanently damage children’s eyes.
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