Sulfates Linked to Sulfates?
Most of us shower on a daily basis, washing with products that clean our bodies and hair, moisturize our skin, and leave us feeling fresh, revitalized and confident. Unfortunately, most of us never consider what ingredients make up those hygiene products, like our favorite, great smelling shampoos. If we took the time to read the labels, most of us wouldn’t understand the majority of those ingredients, as they are chemical-based. Doesn’t that make you wonder what you’re washing your hair and body with? It certainly has raised some questions on my end.
What’s more is that sulfates have been linked to cancer, and most shampoos contain sulfates. With people feeling uneasy about them, since they have been in the media quite a lot in recent years, it’s no wonder that manufacturers are finding other solutions, like sulfate-free shampoos. Of course, it’s important to understand the role sulfates play in hygiene products, and cleaning products–they actually make the lather we crave. I have, in the past, often switched to other brands because they didn’t lather well, without realizing that it’s about the sulfate content. I tended to lean to those products that provided that thick lather because I liked more lather, and I believed it would clean better.
Well, I’ve been proven wrong. There is no difference between one product’s ability to clean better simply for the lather it produces. So naturally, I, like so many other health-conscious consumers, have opted for the sulfate-free shampoos, soaps, body washes, and detergents. The fact is that consumers on the whole are a lot more aware of health concerns and the issues that may result from chemical-based products. Why add more chemicals to our lives when there are other solutions that work just as well, but without risks involved.
The FDA has not budged on sulfates, as they don’t have enough evidence on the subject, which is why the ingredient remains in the majority of hygiene and cleansing products. I have never been of the school that believes everything I read, but I prefer making better choices for myself and my family. I think that chemicals are unnatural and poisonous, so I try to avoid them as much as possible. They, in my mind, are not as nature intended. They have their place, but not on my body.
I do realize that sulfate-free shampoos and other products cost more, but I believe that we are worth more. You do get what you pay for in the end, and my health is more important that a few extra dollars a year. Let’s face it, a bottle of shampoo lasts quite a long time, so a healthier shampoo won’t send me to the poorhouse. In the end, it’s all about value, and value my friends, doesn’t have to do with money or prices, but instead, has everything to do with what you get out of a product.
There are a slew of products available on the market, some pricier than others, and each with its own distinct ingredients to give a consumer exactly what he/she wants. Sure hair is important, so manufacturers have created many sulfate free shampoos to respond to those individual needs, so there won’t be slim pickings, regardless of what one’s issues may be. In truth, nature has given us virtually everything we need to look and feel our best, so we should look to more organic products if we want to live a longer and healthier life.