We are buying any cosmetic to care of our
look and the health of our body – no matter if this is the shampoo, nail
varnish or just a cream. Of course, most of us know that, not of all cosmetics
are perfect for our body –some of them may sensitise and others may not cause
desired effect, e.g. when after applying the mattifying cream the skin of face
quickly starts to shine. Most of people think about reading the composition of
the cosmetic very seldom, may be except those people who have an allergy for a
particular component. However, we all should form such a habit due to various
substances, that may be harmful for our health.
One of this harmful substances is SLS – the
substance which is suspected of causing many diseases. It is also known as a Sodium
Lauryl Sulfate or a sodium dodecyl sulfate. It is a detergent with one major
advantage – it is cheap. For this reason many manufacturers add it to the range
of cosmetics, and not necessarily to the low-end ones. Just check the
composition of your shampoos, shower gels, foam baths or toothpastes – you will
find this substance in many of this products.
SLS has washing and foam-forming
properties. We can find this substance in a range of household chemistry, so we
can say that, each of us is subjected to its actions in a quite large doses.
According to many studies, the SLS may
affect tantalisingly on our skin, eyes and hair, we can feel itching after
using cosmetics with this substance, we can get the dandruff or even pimples.
Unfortunately, more often is spoken that, this substance may be more danger and
may lead to hormonal imbalance, fertility disorders or even formation of
Even if we are sceptical to such informations,
we should mind, because the SLS occurs in most of cosmetics, which we use
daily. The complete elimination of this substance from our life may be very
difficult to do, but we should pay attention on the composition of cosmetics
that we – and especially our children – use, and we better choose those, which
are not completely comprised of SLS. If we can’t buy cosmetics free of SLS,
though we buy those cosmetics in which the SLS is not the main ingredient.
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