Have you ever wondered why your skin is dry, why you have dandruff, split and fuzzy hair, why you have to wash your hair so often? Have you wondered why your skin is itchy after a bath? Well… here’s the answer: chemicals which dissolve not only dirt but also the natural protective oils on your skin leaving it dry and vulnerable – the so called SLS soaps.
Be very careful of them, best avoid them completely as dry and itchy skin is not all they can be blamed for.
They also denaturate skin proteins causing irritation and making it prone to environmental contamination as because of the lack of the protective barrier they have better access to the more delicate level of your skin. What’s more SLS soaps if contaminated by dioxane can become carcinogenic.
They do not get rinsed away completely from our skin, when you apply them on your skin they get absorbed into our body! This definitely is not good because they cannot be metabolised by our liver and what’s more they can imitate a female hormone Oestrogen which may result in many health problems such as PMS, menopausal symptoms or breast cancer.
Unfortunately it’s extremely hard to avoid SLS soaps. I’ve checked all the cosmetics in my bathroom and I found it in almost every single product! They are in shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, mouth washes, bubble baths, body washes, even in products for children!? They can also be found in washing-up liquids, laundry detergents and many many more. Generally in anything that foams. What’s even worse is that they can exist under over 100 different names. A list of the most common is given below:
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)
Ammonium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (ALS)
Sodium Myreth Sulfate
Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
Poassium Coco Hydrolysed Collagen
TEA (Triethanolamine) Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
Disodium Oleamide Sulfosuccinate
Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
Why are they used so commonly? Because they’re cheap! As simple as that. The same detergents are used to clean car engines for instance. But they are common also because we ask for them ourselves! Yes, that’s right, we vote for them every time we choose them from the shelves in a supermarket.
It is a challenge to find products without SLS, and they are usually more expensive. However it’s worth our effort. Next time you buy your shampoo think twice. Do you really want to PAY for harming your health?
At the moment I am using a few products that do not contain SLS soaps and are great!:
- Collagen Face Washing Gel (Colway) – amazingly gentle, but works great also as a make-up remover (even waterproof) more info
- Elave shampoo – all Elave products are free from toxic and irritant chemicals, deffinitely worth checking, they have a whole range of products for babies: more info
- Dead Sea SPA Magik bath salt: more info
- Dead Sea Natural Mineral Shower Cream (Malki): more info