What is SLS, SLES, ALS and why avoid it ?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is commonly used in skincare products such as body wash, cleansers, shampoos and hand washes
There are also other types of sulfates including Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS). They are all what makes a product ‘foam up’ and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the most commonly used.

Why is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate so bad?

SLS is known to be a skin irritant. It can strip the skin of its natural oils which can cause dry skin, irritation and reactions. It can also be very irritating on the eyes. Inflammatory skin reaction could include itchy skin and scalp, eczema and dermatitis.

For some people, continuous use can trigger a reaction as SLS can penetrate the skin making it more vulnerable to the absorption of foreign irritants.

Using these foaming products on your face can also cause the skin to become oilier as it overcompensated for the loss of natural skin oils that have been harshly stripped. This in turn will increase poor size.

This above information surprised me and I’m sure it would surprise many others. There is many reasons to avoid SLS, SLES etc in our food and beauty products, above is just a few reasons.

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