Sodium lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

The World of Ugly Cosmetics SLS

A glowing skin, thick, lustrous hair and a spotless visage is what everyone pines for today. The yearning is so acute, that the most important aspect of cosmetic products –safety, is usually overlooked. How many times do you pause to read the labels before you buy a cosmetic product? If you actually do so, you will find that most of these glorified cosmetics contain substances which are best avoided.

sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

are such toxic surfactant contained in cosmetic products like soaps, shampoos, shaving creams. This substance induces lather in these products of daily use, but you may not know that it is actually harming you.

The obsession for cosmetic products and your unwavering faith in them has blinded you from the hazards that some of these products evince. Are you aware that a soap, which is supposed to clean your skin, can cause skin erosion, irritation, hair follicle damage, affect eyesight and even cause skin cancer? Statistically speaking, presence of Sodium Laureth Sulfate in the concentration of 0.5 % can cause mild irritation, and concentration of 10-30 % can cause severe irritation and possible skin corrosion. Shampoos that contain these toxic chemicals can cause severe hair damage, including follicle impairment, hair loss, scalp irritation, tangled hair. They can also cause eye-irritation, swelling of hands, face and arms. Another feature of SLES is that, once it intrudes your body, it generally mimics activities of the hormone estrogen, the repercussions of which could include menopausal irregularities, declining male fertility and even breast cancer.

But what is perhaps more frightening, is the fact that if your skin is exposed to large amounts of Sodium Laureth Sulfate you may be at risk of skin cancer. Though not branded a carcinogen, it has been proved that the manufacturing of the chemical by the process of ethoxylation is what makes it a suspect cancer-inducer. A by-product of ethoxylation, called dioxane (which is a proven carcinogen) contaminates SLES. But SLES is branded a pesticide, much to the wrath of some nutrition purists who term the brand an understatement to its lethality.

There are alternatives galore, but the relatively cheap pricing and attractive advertisements, make these products very alluring. Ignorance about other options blinds you from avoiding these toxic substances. But there are a lot of products, which are as promising and as effective, but perhaps a little more expensive, that do not contain chemicals such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Ultimately however, it is for you to choose whether you want to court such risks, or shell out a few more bucks to ensure that you stay as far from those risks as possible.