Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

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This is a common chemical found in shampoos, hair conditioners, toothpaste, body washes, bubble baths and skin care products. SLS started its career as a strong, harsh detergent used in industry as a degreaser and a powerful floor cleaner. 90% of all commercial soap shampoos use sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) that can be retained in tissues up to 5 days even after a single drop. When applied to the skin it has the effect of stripping off the oil layer and then irritating and eroding the skin, leaving it rough and pitted.

Studies have shown that:
SLS could retard healing and keep children’s eyes from developing properly.
SLS can cause cataracts in adults and delays in healing wounds on surface of cornea. SLS has a low molecular weight and is easily absorbed by the body; it builds up in the heart, liver and brain.

SLS is such a caustic cleanser that it actually corrodes the hair follicle and impairs the ability to grow hair.

We as Dr.Hauschka do not use SLS in any of our products.

Fruit Acids & the Skin

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In the skin (Epidermis) we have 7 layers. The cells are formed at the basal layer (inner most layer), they grow, mature become keratinized (the nucleus is replaced with protein), as they transform into flatter cells and get closer to the top layer. Some of these cells receive melanin from surrounding cells which is necessary to protect us from Sun light.

If the top layer is ‘stripped’ by using harsh fruit acids, a “panic” signal is sent to the basal layer saying “help” we need more cells to protect us. This life process of these cells (the process from basal layer to top layer) is sped up and normal functions which give us healthy protected skin, is lost.

With the use of harsh fruit acids, the skin is not protected by the top cells which are there to protect us from pollution, harsh weather conditions, bacteria, viruses etc, it loses moisture easily, the skin may be red and hot. Red hot skin becomes dehydrated easily. Dehydrated skin needs more moisturiser to protect it. The melanin which is supposed to protect the skin from burning does not reach the cells and the skin becomes photo sensitive and burns easily.

Rather, use 100% natural products that do not ‘strip’ the skin.

Parabens & Phthalates and other no-no ingredients

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Parabens

These are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. (Estrogenic chemicals mimic
the function of the naturally occurring hormone estrogen, and exposures to external estrogens have been shown to increase the risk of breast
cancer). The most popular ones to look for: methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens. None of our products contain parabens.

Why we say no to Parabens and Phthalates:
Cosmetic companies will argue that we don’t need to worry about harmful chemicals in their products because they are used on our skin and hair.
For e.g. the cosmetics industry has long stated that their widespread use of Parabens and Phthalates is not harmful because they remain on our
skin and are not absorbed into our body. However, a recent study found Parabens in human breast cancer tissue, raising obvious questions about
the ability of Parabens to accumulate in our bodies.

Phthalates

Phthalates are ingredients that can dissolve plastic and petroleum so that they can be used in skin care products! A nice feeling but not at all
healthy for a breathing skin! Phthalates are even found in BABY LOTIONS!
Phthalates are known to cause a broad range of birth defects and lifelong reproductive impairments – these have been proved in laboratory
animals that are exposed to these chemicals during pregnancy and after birth. Phthalates are known to be hormone mimicking chemicals, many of
which disrupt normal hormonal process, raising concern in their implications for increased breast cancer risk.

September 2000 scientists from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found phthalates at surprisingly high levels in every 289
people tested, especially women of reproductive age. The authors concluded that ‘from a public health perspective, these data provide evidence
that phthalate exposure is both higher and more common than previously suspect’.

Propylene glycol and Ethylene glycol

First used in industry as anti-freeze and hydraulic brake fluid. There are major concerns about the long term effect on human health. We will bring
you more information about these ingredients.