SLS - What it is and how/why to avoid it - Sodium Laurel Sulphate

November 06, 2013

Hi all,

This week I wanted to tell you all about Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) as this may make all the difference to you!

For years I have suffered with my sensitive skin; any body wash, bubble bath, etc that I used would make my skin (especially on my legs) itch like crazy. I also found that whenever I washed my hair my eyes and the back of my nose would get really itchy and irritated. 

For years and years I didn't know what was causing it, all I could do was switch around different products and find ones that didn't irritate me as much... but I was still suffering.

My husband suffered from really bad, constant ulcers and one day a dentist told him to switch to a toothpaste without SLS in it. He tried this out and was amazed at the difference it made. 

This is one of the things that made me suspicious, cynical... fanatical even... about checking ingredients in products and trying to reduce the amount of 'chemicals' we (my little family) come into contact on a daily basis. 

I eventually realised that SLS was in all my shampoos, body washes, bubble bath etc. I did some research and found out that it is what gives products their 'foam' or 'froth' therefore it is used a lot to give a lovely thick lather to pretty much every commercial shower/washing product. Never mind that it is a skin irritant and also used as an industrial degreaser... a shampoo without a lather won't sell and this is the cheapest way to achieve it so... Hmph.

I now make my own SLS free body wash (click here to see my video about it - it is so simple!) I use a low sulphate shampoo (not perfect but it is all I can afford at the moment) my daughter has SLS free everything (bubble bath, shampoo, etc) and we also use a Sensodyne toothpaste that has not got SLS in it.

After switching out to SLS free toothpaste, body wash and shampoo I am much happier... and less itchy!! If you have a bit of a reaction to the stuff you use in the shower but, like me, you never realised (until now!) what was causing it then hopefully this has helped you.

Remember - check the labels of what you use... just because it is made by an international and well known brand doesn't mean that it is safe/okay for you and your skin. 

I hope that this has helped you in some way, have a look out for SLS free products from now on and maybe give them a go.

Rach xx

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