What Are Sulfates and Sulfate Free Shampoos?
Detergents that give shampoos their foamy lather go by many names. Sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate. Sulfates may help your shampoo produce suds, but they can also strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it overly dry and prone to damage. That’s the good news…
Sodium lauryl sulfate is a detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of makeup and cosmetic products. Contained in most shampoos, scalp treatments, hair colors, and more, SLS actually originates from coconuts. However despite its origin SLS is anything but natural. In the manufacturing process it becomes contaminated with a carcinogenic by-product, and this carcinogen can be absorbed through the scalp.
The real cost of applying Sulfates to your hair and skin, and what the cosmetic industry doesn’t want you to know…
Sulfates could be putting you at risk for hair and skin damage, immunological problems, damage to your eyes, and possibly even cancer. Have I got your attention?
Your skin is much more than perhaps you may be aware. It is your body’s largest organ.
Consider this, your skin is your primary and most important defense against infections; and while protecting your internal organs from injury, it also helps to eliminate waste through perspiration, and assists your immune system by providing a protective barrier to viruses and bad bacteria.
In addition, your skin provides a friendly habitat for good bacteria and helps maintain body temperature. It also seals in moisture, produces vitamin D, and sends sensory information to your brain, such as hard/soft and hot/cold.
The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website, has a very long list of health concerns and associated research studies in the PubMed science library about the toxicity of the chemical SLS.
The gradual, cumulative effects of long-term, repeated exposures to SLS and the combined effect of thousands of little chemical exposures, day in and day out, are of real concern.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews, research studies on SLS have shown links to:
- Irritation of the skin and eyes
- Organ toxicity
- Developmental/reproductive toxicity
- Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
- Possible mutations and cancer
Your skin is critical to your health, yet so many people fail to take care of it. Because your skin absorbs much of what you put on it, it is critical to make informed choices to optimize your health. Give your skin the same thoughtful care you give your diet, because much of what goes on you, ends up going in you.
The best advice is to avoid sulfates and avoid the risk altogether, as there are now safe organic alternatives available everywhere.
Below are links to some of our picks for safe alternative shampoo’s, that will keep you looking good and your body healthy. All sulfate free…Check them out!
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