Showing posts with label laureth sulfates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label laureth sulfates. Show all posts

My Herbal Essences Picks!

So I have been looking at the ingredients for Herbal Essences’ beauty products, since I am planning a Buycott to boycott the boycott mentioned in yesterday’s post.

There are a few great shampoos that look pretty good. Herbal Essences Color Me Happy for Color treated hair and Drama Clean Refreshing Shampoo. There are not too many harsh sulfates and they are not loaded down with silicones, that often weigh down my fine hair. Now I am not talking about their conditioners, just buy their shampoo, because I think they have too many silicones. Unless your hair loves silicones, it is up to what your hair likes. By the way your shampoo and conditioner do not have to be from the same brand line.

Herbal Essences also makes a DeGunkify Tingly Deep Cleaning Shampoo that works well to clean all the buildup in your hair from styling products. It is important to use clarify shampoo to get rid of buildup in your hair. Clarify your hair once every two weeks. However, if you do not use too much styling products then you may not need to clarify so often. Clarifying does fade color as well.

I rarely ever use styling products, maybe like some hairspray once every few months… I do clarify my hair and use a deep conditioning treatment the day before I go to get my hair dyed. Clarifying the hair gets rid of all the buildup and so I am ready for my hair treatment and so that the color will hold better.

Some of Herbal Essences' hair gels look really nice though, so you may not need to clarify that often! They do not have silicones and it does not look like they will dry your hair out. Try Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel and Body Envy!

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Do you use Shampoo? How about 12 steps to Co-Washing!

I have colored hair, so I am picky with shampoo.

Back to Sulfates! Many people say that sulfates will strip the color from your hair! And well, it will. But do you know what is worst than sulfates? Water! Yup, water strips your hair more than sulfates! And as I mentioned in my last post sulfates are a good cleaner.

However, if you want to reduce your color from fading, try washing it less. Like every other day. If your hair becomes greasy and you can't stand it, then wash it. Or there are also dry shampoos, that are basically baby powder in an aerosol can, but they work fantastic! I just use baby powder though, a lot cheaper and does the same thing!

Want to know what I shampoo with? Conditioner! Yes, conditioner, it's actually called Co-washing, you can Google it. Co-washing should be used with a conditioner that has no silicones! No silicones, because otherwise it will weigh down you hair and build-up. So the cheap conditioners at the 99cent store are perfect! That's VO5, White Rain, and Suave! Yes, really! Conditioners actually contain gentle sulfates, that's why they still work to clean. So yup, I wash my hair every other day with conditioner! And it works for me! My hair has become so much softer and it's not greasy either!

Now I have fine hair and I have heard that Co-Washing works better for thicker hair, but it works great for me! Try it, I dare ya!:)
Here's the steps of Co-Washing:

1. wet hair
2. pour a heaping handful of VO5 conditioner into hands
3. massage scalp only (don't bunch all your hair on top of your head!)
4. pour another heaping handful of VO5 conditioner into hands
5. massage scalp again
(the key is LOTS of conditioner to completely cover scalp and massage until your hands are tired)
6. wait a minute
7. thoroughly rinse hair with warm water
8. make sure that all the conditioner is out (again rinse until your hands are tired)
9. put your regular daily conditioner on length of hair only.
10. wait a couple minutes doing the rest of your bathing routine
11. rinse
12. Be happy with beautiful hair!

I also use baby shampoo once a week and my deep conditioning treatment too.

(more on shampoos and baby shampoo coming soon!)

The Right Cleansers with your Retinoid Anti Aging Products!

Are you ready for another post about anti aging products? Have you started using a retinoid product yet?  How is it going? Are you taking it slowly, maybe applying it every other day? Well, you skin may be getting dry now, and this does mean it is working. Read on to find out how to update your anti aging skincare routine.

Now if you dry skin or are flaking a lot, the first thing you should do is check your facial cleanser. Detergents, such as sulfates, are harsh on your skin. By just changing your cleanser, the flakes can decrease dramatically. I was using Purpose cleanser, because I heard it was good, but then I looked at the ingredients:

(from www.drugstore.com)
Purpose Gentle Cleanser:
Water, PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG 150 Distearate, Sodium Lauroampho PG Acetate Phosphate, Fragrance, Quaternium 15, Tetrasodium EDTA



Yes, there aren't too many ingredients, which is a good thing. There is the ingredient Sorbitan Laurate, which is a mild sulfate, but Sodium Laureth Sulfate is not quite as mild. And it's at the top of the list!
Although, it is more mild than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

When looking for cleansers look for the "th" at the end of Laureth, the "ly" is strong.

Detergents make the cleanser foam. Many people like the foam, because they think it cleans better and it feels good. I thought so! But really nope, the less foam the better. There are still plenty of other cleaning agents in facial soap. You don't need foam, consumers just like it.

Now the Purpose facial cleanser did remove all of my makeup exceptionally well, but cleansers are not really suppose to do that. That's what makeup removers or oils are for. The cleanser just gets the lasts traces of film and dirt off.

I really like the Olay Foaming face wash for Senstive Skin. Now I know it has foaming right in the name, but the sulfate is a gentle one and it's way in the middle of the list instead of at the top. Plus, the foaming agent is not very foamy either.

Olay Foaming Face Wash:
Water, Glycerin, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Glycol Distearate, PEG 150 Pentaerythritol Tetrastearate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Polyquaternium 10, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamide MEA, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA,
Laureth 9

After I started using the Olay cleanser the flakes stopped for me! It is so gentle. Plus, it is nice to use a gentle cleanser in the morning. Before, I was using the Purpose in the morning,with its' strong makeup removing power. I didn't even think about it. But we don't need that strong of cleanser in the morning when we aren't wearing makeup. Plus, acne prone skin really does not need all those medicated cleansers. They can be too harsh on sensitive skin. They really don't work very well either, because most of it washes down the drain. It is not on your skin long enough to do that much. You better off using an acne treatment. By the way, make sure to massage the cleanser into you skin for about a minute before rinsing. 

If you don't have acne prone skin, switching up your cleanser may help with your dry and flaky skin as well. A gentle cleanser is important when using a strong anti aging treatment. Also, skin changes as we age and so you may need to switch to something more creamy.

I hope my facial soap reviews help you find a good cleanser. If not, then read some beauty reviews and keep testing until you find one great for you! Anti aging treatments and acne treatments are enough treatments for you skin. Simplifying the rest of your routine with gentle products will help your skin. Pay attention to how your skin reacts and treat it gently. Now, stay tuned for yet another anti aging products post!