You have probably heard that non-foaming cleansers are better for your skin. Perhaps you’ve even unsuccessfully tried to replace your foaming facial cleanser with a non-foaming one.
You read articles and posts on the internet and a lot of people will tell you that foaming cleansers are bad. But when you use them the results are a million times better than with a product that does not lather! (oily skinned girls can relate)
So why is everyone hating on foaming cleansers?
Sodium laureth sulphate , or sodium lauryl ether sulphate ( SLES), sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and Ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS).
These are anionic detergents and surfactants found in many personal care products. They are inexpensive and very effective foaming agents. They function in a cleaning product as a surfactant, wetting surfaces, emulsifying oils, and suspending soil so that they can be rinsed.
All that sounds very nice but it comes with a few disadvantages when you’re using a sulphate based surfucant:
1.Toxic solvents, including carcinogenic nitrates are used in the manufacturing of SLS, traces
of which can remain in the product.
2. SLS is a penetration enhancer, meaning that its molecules are so small they’re able to cross the membranes of your body’s cells.
Once cells are compromised, they become more vulnerable to other toxic chemicals that may be with the SLS.
3.They cause skin irritation and corrosion, and over time, lead to increased dryness. You know what that means—more visible fine lines and wrinkles.
If you love foaming facial cleansers, you have no excuse for not using a sulphate free one. They are easily available. My favourite ones have salicylic acid in them too. These come in handy when you’ve got no time to fuss around with face flannels or double cleansing, you just want to wash your face and go straight to bed.
There are not too many choices for sulphate free shower creams and gels. So far I’ve tried dove nutrium moisture in almost all its variants and Giovanni shower cream which I LOVE 😍 😍
You might also want to try Dr. Organic shower gels, they’ll definitely be on my list when I go shopping next time.
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