MSM is one of those powerhouse additives added to hair and skincare products because it serves a special purpose. That purpose is to improve the health of hair and skin over time.
MSM is food-grade organic sulfur, which is thought to enhance collagen and keratin for smooth skin. It’s also said to improve the shine of hair.
MSM is NOT the same of the “suflur” you’ll see at the store. It’s food-grade and organic which means it’s easily absorbed by the human body.
Food-grade MSM comes in a white powder, so if you have “sulfur” that’s yellow, it is not organic MSM, according to the information found online.
Also according to online sources, regular sulfur can contain impurities, which means it can be toxic at certain percentages. So, my suggestion is to use MSM, not sulfur when making DIY haircare products.
Aside from haircare produts, MSM is also a great ingredient to add to lotions and creams. Not everything works for everybody. However, a friend of mine uses an MSM Lotion made by the company Life-Flo which she swears is her holy grail.
Puritan’s Pride also makes a well-known MSM cream meant to tighten and soften the skin.
MSM is said to be necessary in the synthesis of collagen and improves shine and thickness of the hair. It also helps build protein found in the hair, skin and nails.
According to ingredientstodiefor.com, the usage rate of MSM is usually between 2% and 12% of your overall recipe. So if your recipe is 100 grams….which is about 3.5 ounces, you’ll add 2 to 12 grams of MSM to your water before heating.
If you do get MSM, make sure to get the POWDERED version… NOT NOT NOT… the pill version. The pill form can contain other additives like magnesium stearate. Look for a powder with a 99% purity.
So if you have an opportunity, try MSM powder. And yes this is the brand I am currently using.