You’ve seen lots of products say that they’re SLS/SLES free but why is that a good thing? Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) are cheap and great for creating foam and are de-greasing which is why you’ll find them in many household products such as shampoo, bubble bath, liquid hand soap, shower gel, face washes, washing up liquid, laundry detergents etc BUT they’re also used in industrial floor cleaners, engine degreasers, paint removers and SLS is used as a laxative in enemas! They can be skin irritants (SLES is the milder of the two) and can create contact dermatitis with regular use. They’re absorbed through the skin, scalp and mucous membranes, our livers cannot metabolize them and they can cause mouth ulcers. An individual product may contain what are considered safe levels but how many products do you use every single day that contain these ingredients?
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