Did you know that your scalp absorbs more chemicals than other parts of your body? This is imperative to consider when choosing the types of hair products you use. With consumption and use of dry shampoo on the rise, this is even more important to take a look at. Most dry shampoos are in the form of aerosol cans, which use harmful Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG’s) to propel the product out. LPG’s, predominantly contain propane and butane, or a mix of the two. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be spraying these gases on my scalp if this is a prime area for toxin absorption!
What’s more is that when inhaled, aerosol gases may cause headaches, mood swings, trouble breathing and nausea.
Not only that, but aerosol gases are really bad for the health of your hair. Traditional dry shampoos coat the hair follicles with LPG’s and chemicals, leaving them inflamed. This inflammation makes the follicle weaker, and can result in hair loss.
If all that wasn’t enough, did you know that 60-90% of what’s in an aerosol can is actually the propellant gasses? That means you’re only getting 10-40% of actual product!
Although shocking, aerosol cans are still being widely used in the beauty industry. Consumers of these products are unknowingly exposing themselves to these chemicals on a daily basis. Now that you know the truth, will you opt for a healthier option?
If someone were to ask you if you want to be exposed to chemical gases on a daily or weekly basis, what would you say? Harmful chemicals and gases are placed in aerosol beauty and cosmetics products that can damage not only your skin, hair, and lungs, but also the people and the environment around you.
Aerosol gases are used to propel product in cosmetics and are derived from petroleum and natural gas. These gases are commonly known as LPG’s (butane, propane, isobutane). These LPG’s are colourless, odorless gasses that can do a lot of damage that you wouldn’t normally expect when used indirectly.
Aerosol Cans & Cosmetics
Aerosol cans used in the cosmetic world are generally used for dry shampoo, hairspray, deodorizers, hair mousse, sunblock, self-tanner, etc. For example, dry shampoo and hairspray are commonly placed in an aerosol can. As these cans have a propellant to force chemicals out of the can into the air, these gases can cause harmful side effects including
Tips to Use Aerosol Gases In a Safer Way
If you love that certain aerosol hairspray or self-tanner, here are some tips to be safer while using them:
Use in a well-ventilated space
Read safety directions
Consider using non-aerosol alternatives for lotions, creams, deodorants, deodorizers, household items, and hair products
Next time your beauty shopping, pick up a non-aerosol alternative to your routine and give your body and the environment a break!