Do you know what sulfates and parabens really are? Beginning our eco-friendly journey over three years ago, I have learned what both are as well as why it is important to avoid them. Once you discover what each of them are you will begin to notice they are in everything. I literally mean everything from your toothpaste, soap, lotion to your laundry detergent, cleaning products even your foods and pharmaceuticals. Don't forget about your animals care products also! They are a part of your everyday all day life and are very important to remove them as much as possible. Since sulfates are used the most, let's start there.
Sulfates are used as a detergents and foaming agent (surfactants) and can be synthetic or naturally derived. Most commonly recognized as SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) or SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), sulfates are made up of sulfur containing mineral salt and started as industrial strength, heavy duty cleaners used to cut through grease and extremely soiled surfaces. In the 1930's sulfates started showing up in health and beauty care products and now have become the most commonly found chemical in your home. These harsh chemicals causes it to strip the protective layer of your skin, teeth, scalp and hair leaving you with excessive dryness, itchy & irritated skin.
"Natural" doesn't always mean safe from sulfates. Be sure to always check your labels for sulfates and avoid
- Alkylbenzene sulfonates
- Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate
- Ammonium laureth sulfate
- Ammonium lauryl sulfate
- Ammonium Xylenesulfonate
- Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
- Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate
- Sodium laureth sulfate
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
- Sodium myreth sulfate
- Sodium Xylenesulfonate
- Ethyl PEG-15 cocamine sulfate
- Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate
Parabens are a chemical compound used as a preservative. Showing up in health and beauty product in the 1950's, they have since spread to food and pharmaceutical. Parabens are also known as estrogen tricker's because your body mistake parabens as estrogen. Now that your body is thinking your estrogen is high, it stop producing estrogen leaving you with not enough resulting in a list of health issues.
"Natural" doesn't always mean safe from parabens. Be sure to always check your labels for parabens and avoid
Switching out sulfates and paraben will take some getting use to, but is worth it for your overall health as well as our planet. You will be surprised how better your skin feels, looks and isn't irritated anymore once you have made the big switch. Always remember to check the ingredients, even if they are listed as organic, natural, paraben free or sulfate free. If you come across a product that does not have the ingredients listed you should be asking yourself "what are they hiding?" and then contact the company for a complete list of what is in the product you are asking about. Usually if they are hiding there ingredients it is due to what is in them. Never have to worry about what is in our products, we have each ingredient listed on the product page and on the product itself. Have you started swapping your products out for healthier options?