What Is SLS?
SLS stands for sodium lauryl sulfate. SLS is a detergent that’s good at removing grease. It is used in personal care items like shampoo. While tough on grease, SLS can also be tough on your skin and scalp, causing irritation. There are claims that SLS even causes cancer over repeated exposure.
What Is SLES?
SLES, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate, is similar to SLS. It may also be listed as sodium laureth sulfate on the ingredients list of your shampoo or bubble bath bottle. SLES is known for being a great foaming agent.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are basically preservatives to prevent bacterial growth in personal care products and cosmetics. No one wants bacteria growing all over their lipstick. However, like SLS and SLES, there are concerns about skin irritation from exposure to parabens. There have been conflicted studies linking exposure to parabens to breast cancer as research findings show that it acts as hormone disruptors.
Are There Benefits to Using SLS/SLES/Paraben-free Products?
People with sensitive skin, allergies, or anyone skeptical of the safety of chemicals like SLS, may want to consider SLS/SLES, and paraben-free products. Benefits of using SLS/SLES and paraben-free products may include increased hair volume, and shinier, less-brittle hair. More natural products nourish and protect hair that has been dyed, bleached, permed, straightened or heat- treated. Shampooing too often, or using harsh chemicals on hair can often leave hair looking wilted. SLS/SLES and paraben-free products can help boost the volume. Natural products are gentle and won’t strip your hair of its natural moisturizers. The result: glossier, shinier hair with more volume, not parched, flat hair.
Ingredients that nourish the hair and provide sheen and softness are ones like argan oil, aloe vera, tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender.
Many parents worry about toxins in foods and personal care products. Products that are free from harsh detergents and preservatives are safe for the whole family to use. Children, or anyone with sensitive skin may have issues, like itchiness, from using shampoos and conditioners with SLS/SLES and parabens.
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