What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?
Also called SLS, it’s a cheap detergent used in cosmetics that suds ups well. You can find them in lots of things like your shampoo, face wash and toothpaste.
Why Should You Avoid SLS’s?
If you have dry skin, they will dry your skin out even more. Got oily skin? They strip too much of the good stuff causing your skin to produce even more oil. The same goes for shampoos and your scalp. (Plus SLS is notorious for irritating your skin and stripping that beautiful color you paid for). I won’t even buy hand wash with SLS in it because my hands get so dry.
Like with packaged foods, I like to diligently read the ingredients labels of my skincare. There are other sulfates, but SLS is the harshest of them. Don’t confuse it with the milder sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
A lot of companies have caught on that customers are becoming more ingredient conscious and don’t want SLS and have since formulated new products that not only do a fantastic job of cleaning your face, but actually do good things for your precious skin.
We’ve compiled a list of mid-ranged, drugstore, and green brands who offer sulfate-free facial cleansers that nourish, not strip your skin.
Get your face ready, here comes sulfate-free face washes you’re going to love!
Sulfates are bad news for you skin. Find out why you shouldn’t use them and check out our list of SLS-free cleasners.