In today's age, it seems almost impossible to buy personal care products without worrying about all the ingredients they contain. We are constantly bombarded with warnings to avoid ingredients such as parabens and sulphates. When it comes to the latter, there is no lack of products on the shelves that promote their status "without sulfates". But despite this visibility, sulfates are still widely used. These ingredients are found in more than 60% of toothpastes and hair dye products, and in more than 70% of shampoos, bath gels and hand soaps. So, what is the best option? Continue to use them or avoid them altogether? This is what you should know.
What are sulfates and what role do they have in personal care products?
Sulfates are detergents or surfactants that are commonly found in personal care products. They are added to create foam and remove the dirt residues from the skin and hair. The biggest problem with sulfates is that, due to their aggressiveness, they can cause various levels of irritation in the skin and eyes that, for people who experience it, gets worse the longer the product is in contact with the skin. In this way, sulfates can dry the skin and cause acne. Compared to the skin of the face, the skin of the body is a minor problem, so that most people tolerate sulfates in body gels.
When it comes to hair products, the concern has to do with the way in which these ingredients can affect their quality. When shampoos with sulfates are used, these are very efficient because they perform a great cleaning thoroughly but, in turn, remove the natural oils of the hair, which are necessary to maintain capillary hydration. For this reason, some people may notice that their hair becomes rough, dry and brittle and cause dryness and irritation on the scalp.
But are they dangerous to my health?
The general scientific consensus dictates that sulfates do not pose a health risk outside the possible irritation of the skin and eyes, completely ruling out their possible relationship with serious conditions and diseases such as cancer. In conclusion, if your skin and hair do not present any problem of dryness and irritation, you can continue to include shampoos with sulfates to your hygiene routine. If on the contrary, you notice that these products cause irritations on your skin, you value the fact of using softer products that respect their natural properties.
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