SLS FOR SKIN | Is SLS and SLES safe for skin

SLS FOR SKIN | Is SLS and SLES safe for skin

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (sales), we all have seen this word on the back of many cosmetic products. These are considered harmful for skin and body mostly SLS and today we shall discuss the cons of using SLS/SLES.

We at Chiara Vedic never use SLS/SLES or any type of chemicals & parabens in any of our products.

Before getting into that let us know a little about sodium lauryl/Laureth sulfate.

Sulfate is a salt that forms when sulphuric acid reacts with another chemical. It’s a broader term for other synthetic sulfate-based chemicals you may be concerned about, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium Laureth sulfate (SLES). These compounds are produced from petroleum and plant sources such as coconut and palm oil but neither of them is a natural compound. You’ll mostly find them in your cleaning and personal care products. The main use for SLS and SLES in products is to create a lather, giving a stronger impression of cleaning power. 

Mostly these are found in

  • Grooming products such as shaving cream, lip balm, hand sanitizer, nail treatments, makeup remover, foundation, facial cleansers, exfoliants, and liquid hand soap.
  • Hair products such as shampoo, conditioner, hair dye, dandruff treatment, and styling gel.
  • Dental care products such as toothpaste, teeth whitening products, and mouthwash.
  • Bath products, such as bath oils or salts, body wash, and bubble bath.
  • Creams and lotions such as hand cream, masks, anti-itch creams, hair-removal products, and sunscreen.

The amount of sls or sles used depends on the manufacturer. It can range from a small amount to 50% of the entire product.

Difference between SLS and SLES

While both are used to create foam and give a cleansing action, these 2 ingredients are different. Both are surfactants that mean they help in lathering and removing oil from the surface. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is derived from sodium lauryl sulfate by the addition of ethylene oxide. This process is called Ethoxylation. This makes SLES a little mild

SLS is an aggressive surfactant.

Side effects of SLS on skin

Excess of SLS causes skin redness and irritation

  • Though this chemical compound has cleansing properties but this dries out skin and people with dry skin should avoid using products that have SLS.
  • Long term use of SLS can cause cancer, infertility and development issues.
  • SLS is comedogenic that means this can clog pores and clogged pores are an open invitation to pimples and acne.
  • If ingested this can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • SLS in shampoos can strip off the natural scalp oil and mostly this chemical cling to the root of hair thus clogging hair follicles.
  • SLS has the power to penetrate deeper into the skin and harm the heart, liver, eyes, and brain.
  • This has corrosive properties and this includes corrosion of fats and tissues that make up skin and muscle. 

How to avoid SLS/SLES

opt for solid and oil-based soaps and shampoos rather than liquid. Lather and foam aren’t crucial for cleaning skin or hair. Sulfate-free products can also do the job.

You can change your regular cleaning agent by switching to natural products. White vinegar has cleaning properties and obviously it is safe for use.

So, I assume we saw some potential dangers of SLS. Now we can make a decision to switch to natural products to protect our body.

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