Do you know there are potentially harmful ingredients in over 90% of the personal care products on the market, products you and your family probably use? You can find these in ingredients in toothpaste, shampoos, conditioners, moisturisers, sunscreens, deodorants, and the list goes on. Some especially potentially harmful ingredients you should check your labels for are: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Mineral oil, Glycerin, and Propylene Glycol.
First, let’s look at Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES). These ingredients are used as sudsing agents as well as solvents. They work so well that big industry use them as engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners and car wash soaps. You’ll find them in adult shampoo, toothpaste and even baby shampoo!
In a study conducted by Keith Green, Ph.D., formerly of the Medical College of Georgia, SLS and SLES retards healing and keeps children’s eyes from developing properly, can cause cataracts in adults, and delays in the healing of wounds in the surface of the cornea. They can build up in the heart, liver, lungs and brain, and SLS is such a caustic cleanser that it actually corrodes the hair follicle and impairs its ability to grow hair. So the shampoo you use could actually be causing your hair to fall out!
According to the Material Safety Data Sheet, SLS is harmful if inhaled or swallowed. If it is absorbed through the skin, it causes severe eye and skin irritation. Symptoms of exposure may include burning sensations, coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and vomiting.
SLS and SLES are systemic, which means they enter your body through the skin and penetrate to the deepest organs of your body and stay there. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate stays in your system for up to five days which means if you shower or brush your teeth more than once every five days it’s always in your system. And we wonder why so many people have degenerative diseases.
Here are some facts about SLS
- SLA is a mutagen and has been used to induce mutations in bacteria.
- SLS is routinely used in clinical studies to irritate skin tissue.
- SLS corrodes hair follicle and impairs the ability to grow hair.
- SLS enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain from skin contact.
- SLS denatures protein, impairs proper structural formation of young eyes, which can cause permanent damage.
- SLS can damage the immune system, cause separation of skin layers and cause inflammation of the skin.
Journal of the American College of Toxicology; Vol. #2, No. 7, 1983.
The best use for SLS is in concrete cleaners, engine degreasers and car wash detergents. So why do we have SLS in personal care products? Because it is a surfactant… it helps to break down the surface tension of water. It also happens to be cheap, and is legal for use in personal care products.
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