Is “Sulphate Free” important when choosing skincare products?
Did you know that many drugstore and luxury skincare brands add drying agents to products such as moisturisers and conditioners?
If you actually want your products to moisturise, make sure they say “sulphate-free.”
Sulphates (sulfates) are aggressive detergents made of sulphur-containing mineral salts. The most common are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES).
Before sulphates began use inn skincare products, people relied on simple (but not always effective) soaps and other methods to clean their skin and hair. Sulphates were first introduced into modern hair care in the 1930’s.
Compared to soaps and other methods, sulfates are powerful, inexpensive and easy to acquire.
And, they are responsible for the foaming lather you’ve come to associate with “being clean”.
But now that it’s one of the most common chemicals used in our households, we are beginning to understand that sulfates have an impact on both our health and beauty.
Are Sulphates too aggressive?
Sulfates are powerful, cheap and everywhere – not just in lathering shampoos, body washes, face cleansers and toothpastes, but also in household cleaners, laundry detergents and dish soaps. In fact, because they are so effective, sulphates are also used in the manufacturing and construction industries to clean and degrease heavy machinery. The problem? By stripping all the the protective oils from your scalp and hair, sulfates overshoot the mark.
Yes… Sulphates are too aggressive. See an example below.
6 reasons why sulphates are too aggressive in shampoo
- Sulphates wash away the natural anti-microbial peptides, proteins, and water-proofing oils our biomes create.
- Sulfates lift the cuticle of the hair.
- Sulphates make your hair take longer to dry.
- Sulfates leave an anionic charge.
- Sulphates cause scalp irritation.
- Sulfates cause follicle stress.
Those are just some of the reasons that all NativeBliss products are Sulphate Free!