Continuing our thoughts from the end of last year, I am sure you have all heard of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. It is commonly used as a thickener and foaming agent in shampoos and toothpastes, but did you know it is also used as a wetting agent in garage floor cleaners, in engine degreasers and auto cleaning products. It has been shown to be a skin irritant and it is thought it could have a degenerative effect on the cell membrane due to its protein denaturing properties. It can also maintain residual levels in major organs of the body from skin contact. Carcinogen nitrates can form in the manufacturing of SLS, or by its combination with other nitrogen bearing ingredients within a formulation. Sodium Laureth sulphate (SLES) is the alcohol form. It has higher foaming qualities and is slightly less irritating, but may cause more drying. Check your bathroom toiletries and consider swapping to organic products without any harsh chemicals or toxins.
A nutritional therapist and aromatherapist interested in natural health care.