Why Sulfate Free Skin, Hair and Body Care Is the Safer Choice
Sulfate Free Products by Aura Sensory
All of our products here are 100% sulfate free. Our soaps contain
natural fatty acids that assist in the gentle lather process to get
your skin clean while still maintaining a moisture balance.
Many commercial soaps today rely on the harsh surfactant called sodium lauryl
sulfate (also known as SLS) and it’s other off-shoots (laureth) to get a good lather.
There are more natural options for cleansing the skin that are good for the skin, mild
enough for babies and adults alike, and also happen to not be environmental
pollutants like sulfates are. These are better alternatives.
Sodium lauryl sulfate and some of its chemical cousins are classified as skin
irritants. They have a high penetration ability when they come into contact with the
skin, mouth, scalp, and any membranous areas of the body. Traces of sulfates have
been found in human tissues, suggesting they remain in the body long after usage.
The manufacturing process of these lathering agents is a concern as well. The
process can produce byproducts that are carcinogenic such as nitrosamines,
although sodium lauryl sulfate itself is not yet classified as a carcinogen.
It also has the ability to absorb straight into the hair follicles. This is cause for
concern as well since most of the common shampoos on the market contain the
surfactant. It is clear that this lathering ingredients also has a high degree of ability
when it comes to penetration and absorption.
The reason it is not used in children’s and baby shampoo is that it also is a strong
eye irritant. It can enter the body through the eye, which is a membrane, very
easily. There have been reports of children suffering eye damage from using
products with this ingredient.
Sulfates are often used as wetting, dispersing and foaming agents in many of these
products. This list includes toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, cleansers, lotions, medical
preparations, insecticides, paint and varnish, and even in some foods. This is not by
any means a complete list as SLS is used in many other products.
Sodium lauryl sulfate found its initial use as a de-greaser and powerful surfactant
chemical in a wide variety of industrial purposes, and slowly found its placement in
household products by way of its strong foaming characteristics, which make it
appealing for feelings of cleanliness. The same property of SLS to bind to, and
chemically alter, lipids, is the main reason why it causes many of the illnesses it has
been associated with.
Lipids, which are natural fats found in our skin are protective barriers against the
elements. Products with SLS harm this barrier, and break it down. This is why they
are drying to the skin and the hair - they break down fatty acids and the natural
"acid mantle" that protects the skin from dryness and penetration by harmful
substances to a degree.
SLS has been linked to illnesses directly related to the area of the body that products
containing SLS were used, and has also been shown to cause secondary
complications which arise because of the inability of the liver to metabolize SLS.
Localized effects of SLS exposure in the mouth include canker sores and cracked, dry
mouth corners, while shampoos have been known to cause split ends, itchy, dry
scalp, and the swelling of applied areas.
Shampoos containing SLS, of which there are many, are also questionable as SLS can
cause irreversible eye damage, which can lead to lifelong eye problems for children,
and cataracts for adults. This ingredient is left out of baby shampoos for this
reason. Children's eyes are especially susceptible to harsh surfactants like this.
SLS is not broken down through the body's primary means of toxin removal, the liver,
and as such, can buildup quite rapidly in bodily tissues. Many of the secondary issues
that pertain to SLS are strongly correlated with this proposed toxicity buildup, and
include autoimmune diseases, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and other diseases of
chronic skin inflammation.
Nitrate contamination is also a strong possibility when SLS begins to accumulate in
tissues, as SLS binds to many of the other ingredients of skin care products, leading
to nitrosomines-an isomer of nitrates-to form. Nitrates have been strongly linked to
increasing risks of many cancers, and are typically avoided by health conscious
While it is true that many commercial products include SLS, more and more
manufacturers of healthy products are recognizing the dangers of SLS, and are
providing healthy alternatives. Discontinuing use of an SLS containing product not
only stops the acute symptoms of SLS use, such as canker sores, dry skin, or
damaged hair, but also begins the process of reversing toxicity buildup.
Reversing SLS toxicity can mean the difference between developing an inflammatory
condition down the line or being healthy, and lowered SLS buildup can even prevent
nitrosomine induced cancer.
Being able to to properly identify SLS containing products is often as simple as
scanning the back of a product and its ingredient list. Sodium lauryl sulfate should be
clearly listed, but other chemically related compounds to avoid include sodium laureth
sulfate, sodium myreth sulfate, and sodium pareth sulfate. SLS free products will
not contain sodium lauryl sulfate and ideally should not also contain any of sulfate
Sulfate free soaps, cleansers, toothpastes, shampoos and other personal and
beauty care products are available though. If you have any concerns about using
products that contain this chemical, than go for products that have “SLS or Sulfate
Free” on their labels. Also, you can read the ingredient label and tell if there are any
in the product.
|The problem is, this lathering agent is pulling
moisture from the skin, disrupting the delicate acid
mantle that protects the skin from injury.
It dries the skin and hair, and sulfates have also
been linked to health issues that shouldn’t be
ignored. This is why our all natural acne soap, all
natural unscented soap, and warm citrus natural
body soap are 100% sulfate free.
|Your skin and hair do
not need stripping
sulfates to be
Tissue Irritant and Toxic Byproducts
Potential Additional Dangers of Sulfates
Chemical Buildup and Toxicity