Why You Should Consider Giving Up On Sulfates

April 05, 2018

Why You Should Consider Giving Up On Sulfates

I have been doing a lot of research lately for my new sensitive skin cleanser and have some serious concerns on how clean, natural and effective some of the ingredients and products I have come across actually are. 

You have come to expect a high level of integrity in my entire product line and I don’t want to change or compromise that going forward. So what’s the deal with all these sulfates found in cleansers?  Even companies that portray themselves as ‘natural’ and ‘non-toxic’ use sulfates. 

My concerns about sulfates are anchored in three main areas: 

Your health: sulfates can cause skin, eye and lung irritations, especially with long-term usage. Some sulfates can be contaminated with a chemical called 1,4-dioxane which is known to cause cancer in laboratory animals 

Environment: Products with sulfates pollute our sewer systems and end up in the ocean, causing problems for aquatic animals.

Testing on animals: Many products with sulfates are tested on animals to measure the level of irritation as mentioned above.

While there is no scientific evidence* that links sulfates to cancer, infertility, or development issues, I do find the three concerns listed above great enough to want to source a safe and sustainable alternative for my line and I encourage my staff, clients, followers and family from moving away from Sulfates and Parabens!  

Going Sulfate Free

Going completely sulfate free may be a challenge, the substance is found in many products around the house, and is probably an ingredient in your favorite shampoo, but you can do it! Please note that companies often trick you with a different name. If there is an ingredient you are unsure of, look it up!!

If you feel strongly about avoiding this ingredient, try a step-by-step approach.

You can start with your household cleaning products, and make your own. The next step could be to change up your shampoo. This is usually a big challenge as we are all so used to wanting a foamy, lathered feeling when we wash our hair.

Changing to a natural and organic shampoo can seem weird when you first start, but you CAN get squeaky clean hair without the lather!

Take a look at the brand Rahua, they create a wonderful line of products. All Rahua® products are vegan, organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free and support indigenous economies.

A Sulfate Free Sensitive Skin Soap Bar

As I progress in the creation of my new sensitive skin soap bar I have come up with alternative, all natural cleansing agents that are going to keep my new cleanser super pure and results oriented.  This process is going to take another couple of months so stay tuned for a launch date! I promise, it will be worth the wait!

*Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/sulfates#controversy 




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