Shampoo for sensitive skin - When we think of our heads, we think of our hair, of course. However, underneath all that hair, we have skin! If you're not careful, this skin can get irritated or damaged just like the skin on our arms or legs as a result of sun exposure or the products we use. Thankfully, our hair does a good job of protecting our scalp from the sun (and a hat will help, too!). And we can protect it from harsh chemicals by choosing natural, non toxic shampoos that nourish our hair and skin. Although all skin is subject to certain issues like itching and dryness, the scalp has a few particular concerns to be aware of:
Common Scalp Issues
Our heads (both skin and hair) may experience some unique issues.
Dandruff: These flakes of dry skin can pepper our hair or our clothes. Though it's not a medically dangerous condition, it can be embarrassing. Since many people incorrectly associate dandruff with poor hygiene. Some people are more prone to it than others, but regular washing with a shampoo for sensitive skin that can gently exfoliate and hydrate your scalp may help.
Hair Loss: Hair loss can be caused by stress, medical conditions, or genetics. Often it can be treated and reversed with help from a dermatologist. If it's caused by stress, you can consider adding stress-relief techniques like: Incorporating meditation, yoga, and deep breathing into your daily routine. Another good choice is to use hair care products with ingredients that promote hair growth and follicle strength.
Psoriasis: Although psoriasis can occur anywhere on your body, treating scalp psoriasis may need a different approach. It may look like mere dandruff, but scalp psoriasis has a silvery colour and causes a dry scaling on the scalp. You might notice itching, soreness, red patches, and even bleeding. It's caused when skin cells form too quickly and build up rather than shed appropriately. Depending on the severity of your psoriasis, it may respond to a natural, toxic-free gentle shampoo designed to ease skin inflammation.
Seborrheic Dermatitis: Cradle cap is one form of seborrheic dermatitis, but it can happen in adults, too. This is a swollen, greasy, crusty patch on the scalp or on other areas of the body. It often disappears quickly in babies, but adults can have flare-ups throughout their lives. Treatment often begins by using the right shampoo.
Contact Dermatitis: This can occur on any skin; it's a type of eczema that happens when something irritates the skin (or, more rarely, causes an allergic reaction). This irritant contact dermatitis can be caused by an obviously toxic substance, like battery acid. Or it may be a reaction to other products like soaps, fragrances, and shampoos. If you're unsure, your dermatologist can help you determine what is causing your contact dermatitis. And ideally, you will discontinue use of that product or substance. By using, natural products on your hair and skin, you reduce your risk of coming into contact with harmful, irritating substances.
Of course, having sensitive skin can be its own dilemma, even without the issues listed above. However, some of these issues, like dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis, as well as acne, are often indications that you have sensitive skin.
You might notice itching or dryness, or even soreness and irritation if your skin comes into contact with harsh substances. Dealing with sensitive skin is a matter of taking extra care about what you use on your hair and body.
Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Sensitive Skin
There are certain ingredients found in many traditional shampoos and skincare products that are not good for anybody. Whether you have sensitive skin or not. These include sodium lauryl sulfate, the broad term "fragrance," and phthalates, for example.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, "Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers." Though more research is required, it is thought that phthalates may interfere with the reproductive system.
Sensitive skin is more prone to react negatively to fragrances, colours, and harsh ingredients like alcohol. If you have sensitive skin, your first step when trying any new product should be to check the ingredients list. In general, the smaller that list is, the better! Watch out for ingredients that may irritate your skin. If you don't know what something is, its best to look it up. From there, test the product on a small patch of skin to make sure your skin doesn't get inflamed or irritated. If your test patch shows no irritation, you can try using the product as directed.
Note that "fragrance" may show up on a label as one ingredient, but it can, in fact, be a combination of ingredients. There's no way to know which ones are even included, let alone which one (or ones) are responsible for any skin irritation you may experience.
Keep in mind that your shampoo comes in contact with more than just your head. Harsh chemicals in your shampoo can cause rashes or other breakouts. Or irritate an existing skin condition on any area of your body. Since the product may come in contact with that skin as you apply it to and rinse it from your hair. This is why using a natural shampoo is essential for someone with sensitive skin. Or anyone with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin conditions. Even if you don't notice those issues directly on your scalp.
Natralus My Little One: Your Shampoo for Sensitive Skin
Our My Little One range was made with children's delicate skin in mind. Formulated with a careful selection of gentle natural and organic toxic-free ingredients. The My Little One Gentle Cleanse Shampoo & Body Wash is an ideal product for your child, and for anyone with sensitive skin. Many adults love the My Little One Gentle Cleanse Shampoo and Body Wash, and the reason is right there in the name: it's as gentle as it gets.
Not only that, it's also backed by the promises we're proud to make at Natralus:
- Australian Made
- Dermatologically Tested
- Paediatrician Approved
- Australian-Certified Toxic-Free
- 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
The My Little One line includes additional items that are of particular need among babies and children. Such as the Happy Bottom Nappy Barrier Cream. Yet many adults with sensitive skin also enjoy the Joyful Bubbles Bubble Bath, the Loving Care Nourishing Skin Lotion, and the Relaxing Touch Massage Oil in addition to the Gentle Cleanse Shampoo & Body Wash.
With Natralus you can nurture your skin and enjoy the spa-like pleasure of a full line of high-quality skincare products. Without worrying about damaging or irritating your body's largest organ: Your skin.
Ingredients That Speak For Themselves
We start with organic paw paw. This incredible fruit, also known as papaya, is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Its powerful properties have a wide range of uses: paw paw is especially beneficial when we use it on our hair and skin.
Take a look at a few of the benefits of paw paw:
- Anti-Inflammatory: Soothes eczema and psoriasis. In shampoo, this may help address scalp psoriasis.
- Moisturising: It absorbs easily to keep your skin hydrated.
- Exfoliating: An enzyme in paw paw gently removes dead skin to reveal the healthy, glowing skin underneath it.
- Promotes Hair Growth: Papaya can encourage your natural hair growth while conditioning the strands you have. And thanks to the exfoliating and moisturising effects mentioned above, eliminate dandruff.
Paw paw alone would be enough to make Gentle Cleanse Shampoo & Body Wash an ideal choice for someone with sensitive skin. But we wanted to get as much goodness into one bottle as we could. Therefore, we've included other ingredients that are going to do their gentle work on your hair and skin, too:
- Calendula: Better known as the marigold flower. Calendula extract can help ease inflammation, burns, acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
- Aloe Leaf Juice: Aloe has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, and it can help relieve sores--like sunburn. Even with the protection of your hair, it is possible to get sunburnt on your scalp, particularly if you have thin hair or if you part your hair down the middle.
- Beta Carotene: As a form of Vitamin A, beta-carotene improves skin tone and promotes healing.
- Orange Oil: This pleasantly scented oil helps heal skin.
- Marshmallow Root: Marshmallow root may reduce skin irritation.
Together, these ingredients create a powerful yet gentle body wash and shampoo for sensitive skin of all ages.
Are You Ready to Go Natural?
The easiest way to care for your sensitive skin is by choosing products that nurture and protect it. We can't avoid every potential irritant our skin comes in contact with, but we can control what we use in our showers and at our bathroom sinks. Thankfully, we now have the information available to make informed choices about what we put on our bodies. And we have options when it comes to finding products that are effective without sacrificing safety.
Natralus is proud to be one of those options. Nurture your hair and scalp with natural and organic papaya and more by choosing Gentle Cleanse Shampoo & Body Wash. We would give only the safest, healthiest products and ingredients to our children, and we know you share that value. But don't stop with your kids. Your sensitive skin, no matters its age, is worthy of that same natural care and attention.