In my recent article I talked about Toxic Ingredients that you MUST Avoid in your skin and hair care products. But I haven’t talked about which ingredients are on the safer side. I have made a list of few ingredients that are not toxic and can be safely used in your daily skin or hair care products. I will update this list “Safe Ingredients in Skin and Hair care” whenever I find a new ingredient, just like I will in the toxic ingredient list to.
So, save this for you future reference so that you can come here at anytime in case if you have any doubt on a specific ingredient that is safe or not. I will try my level best to update this list on a regular basis, so that I don’t miss out any. But if you feel there is any ingredient that I missed out to add here, or you want to know about a any Ingredient that is not listed here, don’t forget to comment below. I will reply to your comment and at the same time add that in this list too.
Checklist – Safe Ingredients in Skin and Hair care Products
Cetearyl Alcohol –
This alcohol is derived from natural vegetable oils and substances like palm oil (hence the alternative name palmityl alcohol) and coconut oil. Cetyl alcohol at room temperature is a white, waxy solid or may also be found in the form of waxy white flakes.
It is added to lotions and skin creams as thickening agents, and is a major component of hair conditioners where it helps the oils and water in the conditioner mix together
Behentrimonium Methosulfate –
Behentrimonium methosulfate is an incredibly gentle, surfactant made from non-GMO rapeseed aka canola oil. It is actually one of the mildest detangling ingredients around, and helps provide slip in some of the natural conditioners.
Behentrimonium methosulfate does not cause buildup, and is non-irritating to the scalp.
Panthenol which is derived from Vitamin B5 is a substance unanimously rated as non-toxic and is not considered harmful for hair and skin. It can also be found in a variety of acne treatments. Panthenol helps moisturize hair and skin and stops both from getting dehydrated. It’s extremely water and alcohol soluble, which makes it super easy to wash out
Citrix Acid –
Citric acid, an ingredient which not only helps in the stimulation of hair growth but also helps making the hair follicles healthy. Citric acid improves the scalp condition by getting rid of the dandruff and it increases the flow of blood, which in turn enhances and mends the follicles of the hair necessary for a healthy hair growth.
Shampoos usually are at pH 5.5 because at slightly acidic pH the scales on a hair follicle lay flat making the hair feel smooth and look shiny. Citric acid is used to adjust the pH down to 5.5 (ish). It is a fairly weak acid which makes the adjustment easier. it also has a small amount of preservative action. Citric acid as opposed to any other acid will prevent bacterial growth
There is a lot of buzz on Phenoxyethanol about its safety. It is basically used as a preservative in most of the cosmetics to prevent bacterial growth. It is an alternative to harmful parabens. This is safe to use below 1% concentration and is toxic if ingested. But here, we cant predict the concentration. The only hope that i have here is that, as it is the last second ingredient the concentration would be very low.
I still don’t recommend this even in lower concentrations. Although this is approved to be used in lower concentrations, it is always better to avoid it if you can. But it is highly impossible to avoid these days because all the products which explicitly says there are no parabens in their products, must have to use this product as a preservative (some disclose and some don’t)
Potassium Hydroxide and Sodium Hydroxide –
Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) and Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) are almost interchangeable. They are the most chemically similar of the hydroxides. They are both a white, strong alkaline, corrosive solid or powder. Sodium Hydroxide is more commonly known as lye or caustic soda where Potassium Hydroxide is known as potash. They are used in Handmade soaps and Liquid Castile soaps to change fats (Carrier oils or butters) into soap in a process called saponification. None remains after the product is created.
These are the perfect alternatives to harmful sulfates that are used in shampoo, body washes and face washes. NaOH and KOH gently cleanse the skin’s surface without making it dry. The oils that are used in the process of making a bar soap and Liquid Castile soap keeps you skin more moisturized and serves as a gentle cleanse for your skin and hair as well.
Tocopherol Acetate –
This is also called as Vitamin E. Tocopheryl acetate is a form of vitamin E, a natural skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant. It is the ester of acetic acid and tocopherol and is often used as an alternative to pure tocopherol (or undiluted vitamin E) because it is considered more stable and less acidic.
Tocopherols can be produced from vegetable oils or can be synthesized. Tocopherol Acetate, made by the esterification of Tocopherol with acetic acid, is frequently the source of vitamin E in dietary supplement
Tocopherol and tocopheryl acetate are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) food ingredients. This is used in skin and hair care products as a natural antioxidant and skin conditioning agent.