Why Do Personal Care Products State NO SLS

Have you noticed Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS on the label of the products you use?

Each and every one of us uses personal care products every day. Products like shampoo, toothpaste, facial cleansers, detergent, etc. are now considered necessities.  On the label of these personal care products you’ll see different kinds of ingredients but one ingredient that stands out is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS

What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is extracted from coconut and palm oil. It is a foaming agent and an emulsifier that is frequently used in personal care products like shampoos, body washes, soaps and even industrial cleansers like laundry detergents, floor cleaners, car wash soap, etc. It is also known as Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS or NaDS), sodium lauril sulfate.

Effects in our bodies

There are controversies surrounding the use of SLS in different skin care or household products. There are claims that SLS can cause cancer however, there is still no scientific evidence that associates the two. But there are studies that show SLS can cause:

  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation (especially in children)
  • When ingested, it may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • It may also have adverse effects in the central nervous system, liver and kidney

It is true that SLS is used in low level concentration in cosmetic and skin care products, and multiple researches show that SLS will only be in the body’s system for 4 to 5 days. But since we are using these products every day, this means that it will not totally leave our system but it will slowly increase the long term effects in our healthy body.

So when buying different personal care products or skin care products and even household products, make it a habit to look into the label and make sure that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is not present.

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