On average, a person adds more than 200 chemicals to his/her skin daily. The bloodstream absorbs almost 60% of these chemicals This is an alarming fact, and this is why more and more people make the switch to milder, environment-friendly and authentic sulfate free products.
Some brands labeled their products as “organic” and “natural” but still contains high levels of sulfateRead further to learn more about the potential problems sulfates can cause.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Decoded
The most common, readily available and inexpensive sulfate used in shampoos and other cleaning products is sodium lauryl sulfate. These products like shampoo, toothpaste, body wash, and soaps may contain other types of sulfate such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS acts as a detergent, surfactant, and emulsifying agent. It is designed to break surface tension and separate the molecules so that the product can work better on your hair. As a result, a lather is created to take the dirt, grime, and oil from your hair and scalp. SLS is so effective that it is also used in industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreasers.
Over the years, one of the biggest claims against SLS is that allegedly, it could cause cancer. However, the American Cancer Society disproved this claim, saying that there is no scientific evidence that SLS has anything to do with cancer.
But one thing’s for sure — sulfates in shampoos and other hygiene products are very irritating to the skin. Simply look at the conventional shampoo — if it gets into your eyes, it will really sting. In addition, sulfates can dry out your hair and skin. For people who color their hair, you can notice that your hair color fades faster when using hair products with sulfates. Because sulfates are effective in cleaning and breaking down particles, they can strip off everything – the pigment on your hair color, as well as the natural oils of your scalp.
Select a Sulfate Free Shampoo
If you want a milder alternative, here’s what you should look for in a sulfate free shampoo:
- Sodium Cocoamphoacetate
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Lauryl Glucoside
- Coco Glucoside
- Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
- Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate
Our shampoos are guaranteed sulfate-free and all-organic. They deeply hydrate and restore all essential oils to the hair and scalp to greatly reduce dandruff.