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What Are The Effects Of Sulfates On Your Skin?

    When you see labels that say sulfate free, do you wonder if there’s something wrong with sulfates as an  ingredient? If you answered yes, then you are right…. 

    Using sulfates in your shampoo  is like using laundry detergent in your hair.

    Shampoo is like magic…. How quickly it turns into foam when mixed with water… this is truly a sensual experience. Icky though, the  reason for that is for many supermarket shampoos, the inclusion of chemical foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate.

    Sulfates (sometimes written sulphates) , are a category of chemicals. They are the salts of sulphuric acid, which act as detergents. The most popular ones in personal care products being sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). 

    Sulfates are the primary chemical used for “lathering” and “foaming” especially in shampoos, cleansers, body washes, and laundry detergents. Sulfates emulsify oils and grease, leave hair and skin with the “squeaky clean” feeling. 


    Similar to PEGs, the manufacturing process for sulfates results in the carcinogens ethylene dioxide and 1,4-dioxane as contaminants.  

    Frequent use of products containing sulfates contribute to:

    • cell damage, 
    • hormone imbalances, and 
    • excess stripping away of natural oils and 
    • excess stripping away of hair proteins 

    This definitely isn’t a good thing.  Fortunately, here is an easy and quick way to reduce your level of exposure to sulfates: switch to all natural products that don’t contain any chemical preservatives. 

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