This week, Mary decodes: Aluminum in dry shampoo.
Most of us know that aluminum in antiperspirant is a huge risk because it works to blocks your pores, preventing you from sweating, which traps toxins inside your body. However, did you know that many conventional dry shampoos also contains aluminum? If ‘aluminum starch octenylsuccinate’ is on the ingredient list in your dry shampoo, you might want to look for an alternative and I explain why what you put on your head is one of the most important considerations.
Based on new pharmaceutical research for topical application of drugs, studies have found that your scalp is a weak spot on your body for protecting against chemical penetration. The scalp and the forehead show the highest absorption rate for drugs and chemicals (approximately four times greater the absorption rate than your forearms). Follicular penetration allows drugs and chemicals to enter the body with much great ease.
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BE CAREFUL WITH DRY SHAMPOO
You’ll find that many conventional dry shampoos use aluminum starch octenylsuccinate in the formulation, as it is highly effective at absorbing excess oil and sweat. With its anti-caking agent, it’s also used in aerosol cans to prevent the dry shampoo formulation from blocking the nozzle.
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What is aluminum starch octenylsuccinate?
This ingredient is an aluminum salt of chemically modified starch. This synthetic powder-like ingredient is used as an absorbent, thickening agent and anti-caking agent in cosmetics, such as dry shampoo, foundations, eye shadows, face powers and sunscreens.
Based on scientific studies, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel has indicated that Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate is safe in cosmetic formulations, as long as established limitations imposed on heavy metal concentrations are not exceeded.
Although studies have not demonstrated that aluminum starch octenylsuccinate is harmful in cosmetics, the area in which this ingredient is applied on should be noted. With dry shampoo, the problem is that this heavy metal infused starch is sprayed directly onto your hair follicles – the weakest spot on your body for protecting against chemical penetration.
With our overnight dry shampoo, it is formulated without aluminum, aerosol gases, and is made up of 100% natural ingredients.
Think carefully about the ingredients that you place on your scalp and forehead. We are learning more and more about the body through research. The PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE should apply to hair care products based on this new information.
Click here to read more on aluminum in your antiperspirants and the harmful effect it has on your underarms.