Its just Shampoo, Right?
Most of us on a regular basis remove oils, greases and daily grime from our skin care and hair care two or
three times per day through the use of soaps, shower gels, shampoo it's even found in
toothpaste. Then we use moisturizer just to replenish what we just removed. This never ending cycle is
repeated day in day out. The question one has to ask, is it possibly a bad thing for our
THE SKIN CARE CHEMICALS
Look on your typical shampoo, moisturizer or shower gel or skin care container label you have in your
bathroom cabinet and they will list a slew of detergents. These detergents help to remove
the dirt, grease and oils from our skin but they are also used to create emulsions in
these products to support the stability of these products to keep them in the form we are
all used to seeing.
One of the most comom compounds used for this job is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS which is
a very powerful detergent and foaming agent can cause very bad skin irritation and reduce
the effective function of our skin as the natural barrier to the environment when left on
the skin for any length of time.
SLS may also be listed as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium
salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl,
according to the national consumer group, the Environmental Working Group.
Research in the UK from the University of Bath's Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
has show that preparations of Aqueous creams containing SLS, that have been used to treat
conditions such as eczema in-fact made them worse and because of this guidance has been
given suggesting doctors not prescribe this treatment for the condition.
Its fair to say that most of today's skin and hair products contain SLS or other similar
damaging detergent agents and if you have a delicate skin condition or prone to skin
allergies, reducing your exposure to these chemicals may help. There are plenty of
alternative products in stores such as Wholefoods that advertise as being Sodium Lauryl
Sulfate or SLS free but when thinking about skin care it is always good practice to read their labels carefully and ask
the store for assistance if you're not sure.