Thursday, 12 February 2015

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate): Should you be concerned about it?

Hi girls!

This post aims to address the issue of SLS in cosmetics and haircare products. I have previously worked for Holland & Barrett and their Dr Organic range is SLS free. I used a lot of Dr Organic products while working for Holland & Barrett and I still use some now. However, what I found was that shampoo and body wash (i.e products that are supposed to lather) did not make me feel clean, and I had to use a tonne of product to actually feel like it had washed me. Now, some Dr Organic stuff is great, their roll on deodorants and snail gel are holy grail products for me. I just don't enjoy using SLS free bathing products full stop (which is probably because it's the chemical which creates that thick lather which we associate with cleanliness). SLS actually helps to dissolve any dirt or grease in your hair by trapping it and allowing it to be rinsed away. This is why it's so widely used in shampoos.

This led me to research what the supposed side effects of SLS are. I shall list some of them:

-SLS strips oils and moisture from the skin, aggravating dermatitis. It dries out the skin and prevents the body from performing its natural moistening processes.

-SLS can harm the development of normal eyesight in children. It does this by affecting the proteins inside the eye.

-SLS is a skin irritant, it is absorbed and accumulates in the organs (if left on the skin for an extended period of time).

-SLS can cause the body to absorb nitrates at a higher rate. Nitrates can cause all sorts of problems such as rashes and allergies.

-Some have claimed a link between SLS and cancer (in my opinion this is rubbish as the evidence does not suggest this, many studies have concluded that SLS is not carcinogenic. I think that it's scaremongering, but this issue is highly controversial).

Now, I have used products containing SLS all my life. My hair is healthy, shiny, strong and I have no irritation on my scalp. My skin is not cracked and I do not have dermatitis. I can see, and my organs haven't failed me.. I don't have rashes and I've had all my allergies since birth. 

That is pretty much all I have to say about it. I am happy to use products with SLS in them. I think the whole issue has been so over-hyped. I understand that some would rather avoid a potentially harsh chemical.. I just don't think that it's worth it. Using SLS-free shampoo is literally like rubbing hair gel or something into your hair and rinsing it out. But for those of you who do want to avoid SLS, I direct you to the Dr Organic range available from Holland and Barrett! The products are priced reasonably and the skincare is particularly good.

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