When it comes to the products you put on your body, whether it’s your skin, face or hair, it’s always a good idea to be conscious about what’s exactly in them. If you use commercial products, then chances are your ingredient lists are filled with hard-to-pronounce names that cause you to cock your eyebrows in suspicion. A healthy scalp is the first step to healthy hair, so it’s important that you give attention to it in order to keep it thriving. I usually provide the first 6-10 benefits and function of ingredients when reviewing a product, but for the first time, I've included the breakdown of the all ingredients in this product. Note: it's only a synopsis of each ingredient as listing every benefit and function can be quite extensive. I hope you find this helpful.
These fatty acids are derived from glycerin and coconut oil. These acids help to keep the surface of the scalp hydrated, moisturized and supple, and thankfully, caprylic triglyceride is super lightweight and isn’t the slightest bit greasy. This means that you reap all of the hydrating benefits without the heavy feeling of clogged pores or an itchy scalp.
Best of all, caprylic triglyceride is gentle on the delicate skin of the scalp, so it won’t cause damage. Acting as a vehicle for the other ingredients in scalp and hair care products, this ingredient ensures easy absorption and effective results that bring you closer to your hair growth goals.
This substance comes from the fats found in palm oil, and acts as an emollient – a substance that softens, smoothens and conditions the scalp to create the ideal environment for hair growth. It’s often used in place of mineral oil or petrolatum in scalp or hair products, which is terrific news! In case you didn’t know just why mineral oil is such a red flag in hair products, it isn’t easily absorbed by the scalp and strands like other substances are. Instead, it tends to sit on the surface of the scalp, clogging pores and preventing all of those nourishing ingredients from being absorbed. This also causes itching, especially on persons with more sensitive scalps.
Cancelling out mineral oil for a substance that helps to make your product easily absorbed touch might just be the change you needed to make to finally see results. Your scalp will love it, and so will you.
If this name sounds familiar, then you might be correct. Yep – you guessed it! Good old table salt. You might know all about sodium’s great benefits to health, but like many consumers, you might be wondering how salt plays a role in hair/scalp products. Well, sodium chloride possesses the antioxidant capabilities necessary to fight free radicals. It is also used as a binding agent and occasionally as an abrasive in scrub products.
Free radicals occur naturally in nature and are all around us, but their effects on your hair and scalp can cause damage when they aren’t combatted! An effective astringent, sodium chloride also helps to balance oil production for those with overly oily scalps.
Safflower Seed Oil
This popular natural emollient removes the need for synthetic emollients, encouraging more trusted, organic ingredients in hair care. Safflower seed oil lubricates the scalp, helping to keep it soft and moisturized, and also tends to rough or dry/scaly patches of the scalp to restore and revitalize cells so that hair grows healthily. The linoleic acid found in this oil ensures that flaky, dry scalp is a thing of the past, while oleic acid stimulates your hair follicles to speed up growth.
Safflower seed oil won’t clog your pores. Instead, it allows it to breathe – just what your scalp needed to flourish!
One of the most popular humectants used in cosmetics today, glycerin has many benefits. As mentioned, it works as a humectant, which means that it draws moisture from the air to your hair and scalp. This helps your hair to remain hydrated and prevents rapid moisture loss, especially in dryer or hotter climates. It’s best used when diluted with water, as pure glycerin can actually make things worse!
The more moisture your hair and scalp retains, the more you can prevent dryness and breakage that often hinders all of your hair goals.
In the world of oils, lighter is better when it comes to your scalp, and grapeseed oil truly stands up to the test. It’s lightweight, but by no means is it ineffective! It’s filled with fatty acids and vitamin E to moisturize your roots and scalp fight and free radicals, as well as linoleic acid, which helps to de-clog your scalp’s pores.
This easily absorbed oil also helps to keep sebum production at its optimal rate and prevent scalp conditions like dandruff – great news for oily, normal and dry scalps.
This is another emollient that works to condition the scalp, and also helps to remove dirt from the scalp’s surface gently – you might see it on cleansers and various scalp scrubs. Harsh cleansing agents like sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate over-cleanse and dry out the scalp and hair, but gentle cleansers like sucrose laurate get the job done without any of the damaging side effects.
This antioxidant isn’t too well-known, but it certainly should be. Astaxanthin boasts free radical-fighting properties that are even more powerful than that of vitamin E.
UV rays from the sun can be havoc for our hair and scalp, but this ingredient helps to protect your crown from harm, allowing your strands to maintain elasticity and avoid sun damage.
Lactococcus Ferment Lysate
Not all bacteria are bad, and LFL is one of the best examples of why. These healthy bacteria play a huge part in the renewal of the epidermis – meaning, of course, that it affects how well your scalp generates new cells and sheds old, dead cells.
Studies have also shown that LFL on skin caused the production of antimicrobial peptides, a crucial part of the skin’s defense system against infections, fungi etc. Your scalp can be a breeding ground for fungi and bacterial infections, so preventing this is key to avoiding factors like these that may inhibit growth. LFL also plays a part in controlling how quickly water evaporates from the epidermis, meaning that your scalp dries out less quickly and less often.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Everyone knows apple cider vinegar, but if you haven’t considered this household name for your scalp and hair, then you’re definitely missing out on some key benefits. ACV contains alpha hydroxy acids which serve as gentle exfoliators for dead skin cells, and is a great source of malic acid, an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral acid that keeps bad bacteria away from your scalp. This means a lesser chance of infections.
Using ACV regularly on your scalp also balances the pH, regulates oil and removes toxins. It may very well be time to introduce it into your hair care regimen if you haven’t already.
Sucrose? You mean…sugar?
That’s right! Sucrose isn’t just found in what we eat. It’s also a super useful cosmetic ingredient with tons of advantages. Like glycerin, sucrose is also an effective humectant to draw moisture to the surface of the scalp, and is a rich source of glycolic acid. Think about glycolic peels! This is the very same acid used in those procedures. It helps to remove old layers of skin cells, exfoliating the scalp and encouraging cell turnover. It also has skin-replenishing and hydrating properties.
Besides, it's used in scalp scrubs, it’s often found in lip scrubs and facial scrubs, and is safe and effective.
Apple Aromatic Extract
This potent extract brings good news for everyone. It’s packed with vitamin C and natural acids that contribute to gentle exfoliation of the skin. Revitalized, rejuvenated scalp cells make for faster, healthier hair growth that you’ll definitely notice.
Green Tea Leaf Extract
Green tea for your waistline? Of course, you’ve heard all about that, but have you heard about the powerful properties of green tea leaf extract for your skin?
One of the most highly acclaimed herbs for antioxidant capabilities; green tea leaf extract fights free radicals. It also holds anti-inflammatory properties to decrease inflammation and keep the dermal layers healthy. The tannins found in green tea leaf extract also act as natural astringents, keeping sebum production under control so that your scalp neither becomes too dry nor too oily.
A form of vitamin E, tocopheryl acetate is commonly known as vitamin E acetate. It’s found in many hair care products today, and with good reason. It skillfully penetrates through the dermis to cells, where it acts as an antioxidant beneath the skin to keep the scalp functioning at an optimal level. Your scalp’s hydration and health will be evident with the help of this product, when used regularly.
If you needed a sign that not every chemical substance was harmful to your hair or scalp, then you’ve found it. The next time you go shopping for your cosmetic products, keep these in mind. You may not have been getting the results you’ve been looking for, but now that you recognize these names and know just how much they can boost your hair’s health and beauty, you’re much more prepared to make good choices.
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