Here is Why You Should NOT!!
Cosmetic products are devised for use on the human body for embellishing and fostering appeal and semblance, and for these rationales, cosmetics are in high exigency especially among women of all ages in every country. Despite the existence of many unavoidable loopholes associated with the cosmetic industry, the cosmetic and make-up industry continues to avail extensive acceptability amongst the people of the world, irrespective of age and sex. This is made possible by colossal advertising, employed by producers and marketers of cosmetics. Advertising is the link between manufactured products and would-be consumers. It impersonates a pivotal role in ascertaining the product. Ergo, ethical advertising that promotes utilitarian benefits of cosmetics whilst educating consumers about its components should be encouraged over and above tacky opportunist propaganda of detrimental cosmetic products. They often tend to contain ingredients that pose potential toxicological and health hazards in the fullness of time. One such component being sulfate.
What is Sulfate?
Sulfates are ingredients that create the foaming effect of shampoos, shower gels, face cleansers etc. It helps rid the skin and hair of soiling and effectively eliminates sebum and other product surplus. To identify them in our products, one should take a look at the ingredient list on the packaging of the product. They can be found under names such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. The most customarily used ones are SLS and SLES.
Why are Sulfates Harmful?
Sulfates can be held accountable for irritation and extreme dryness. They are accused of removing a fair share of the protective hydrolipidic film naturally occurring all over our skin and scalp. This layer defends the skin against bacteria and acts as an external protective barrier. It aids in retaining the skin’s suppleness and moisture. Sulfates can also sting when it comes in contact with the eyes. A considerable surge in acne is noticed when the skin is in frequent contact with SLS. Sulfates in toothpastes can elevate existing allergies, canker sores (ulcers) and bad breath. SLS can also cause dreadful scarring of the mucosa of the mouth. Sulfates allow grime and dead skin cells to be removed from skin and scalp, the downside is that they can also strip the natural oils from the scalp and hair. That can make hair dry and brittle. Besides, the method of obtaining certain sulfates can have a cynical environmental impact.
Are Sulfates Carcinogenic?
The most egregious claim by far is that SLS is carcinogenic. The origin of this claim is uncertain, but it is likely to have derived from multifarious misapprehensions of scientific documentation. There is no conclusive affirmation supporting that SLS is a carcinogen. On the contrary, it is believed to be safe for brief use on the skin.
There is no doubt that sulfates can prove to be a top-notch cleansing agent, foamy and squeaky. However, if you have sensitive or delicate skin it is wise to avoid it. Go sulfate-free, the sulfate-free products conversely to common notion are equally effective. Not that foamy, but are competent in producing a hydrating and creamy wash. Lathering does not assure effectiveness. Just because it does not lather it does not mean it does not clean. There are few products that replace SLS which could include natural surfactants like soapnut and soapbark, vegetable derived surfactants like decyl glucoside , or other mild and organic surfactants like taurates and glutamates to abolish germs and clean the scalp of excess sebum and build up. Most importantly, if you happen to have any persisting skin or eye ailments, or a sensitive skin type, seeking out for a sulfate-free option is a must.
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