Sodium lauryl sulfate (sls) or Sodium laureth sulfate (sles) are two mainstream ingredients found in beauty and personal care products such as soaps, scrubs, shampoos, toothpaste, detergents and creams which makes these products to lather up or foam. Sls/Sles are chemically known as surfactants i.e they break surface tension and separate molecules in order to allow better interaction between the other ingredients and the targeted surface. There have been several debates that link sls/sles to cancer but there is currently no scientific evidence to prove it.
Usually, the recommended concentration level of Sls/Sles is 1% in products designed for prolonged use but even at 1% Sls/Sles can still cause irritation and allergic reactions. While it may cause little to no allergic reaction for some people, for others including moi the allergic reaction can be quite severe. Whenever I use a body soap, scrub or wash which contains Sls/Sles as one of its first ingredients I develop a skin condition called contact dermatitis which doesn’t go away until I discontinue the use of that product. This has made me to avoid them and stick to Sls/Sles free products when buying skin care products as that way my skin stays happy like I want it 🙂
How do you react to sls/sles body products? What alternatives work for you? I’m always excited to hear from you… Stay glam and enjoy the weekend. xxx