Sodium Laureth Sulfate Bad For Your Skin
If you’ve been following me, you should know by now how much of a freak I am when it comes to skin and beauty product ingredients. One of my black listed ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
What is Sodium Laureth Sulfate?
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an anionic surfactant aka foaming agent. It’s what gives any soap, shampoo, tooth paste, detergent etc this foamy bubbly effect when in contact with water.
The problem with Sodium Laureth Sulfate and foam on your face in general:
- Skin PH is very important to keep in mind as it affects the health of our skin. We gotta keep our skin a bit acidic in order for the skin to protects itself correctly (which prevents aging) and to kill / keep away bacterias responsible for acne, black heads and breakouts. The ideal skin PH level is 5.5.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate is the most alkaline foaming agent there is. It’s also the cheapest there is. With a PH of 10 it is basically sending “it’s time to party” VIP tickets to bacterias.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a well-known skin irritant. But yet again, it is cheap.
- Have you ever felt your skin all dry after having cleansed your face? Well, you were probably using a cleanser containing Sodium Laureth Sulfate. It strips off your skin.
Now here’s when I simply don’t agree with the money machine system… Most of all cleansers designed for oily / combination / acne prone skins are foaming cleansers and contain the damn Sodium Laureth Sulfate. I mean, really? Don’t you just love it when pharmaceutical companies make you use products that are going to feed your acne so that they can sell you pimple creams? Brilliant. (By the way here’s a review of pimple creams that work)
Now the problem I faced was to find cleansers that were not foaming ones. I remember going to Parashop and asking for cleansers that didn’t foam, although the girls there were lovely and helpful, they seriously thought I was crazy and that a cleanser was, by definition, foaming. And that’s why I love the Internet, you can find everything you need and want, online.
Here are the cleansers without sodium laureate sulfate I am currently using and loving:
- REN – Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. If you like clay masks and the muddy texture you’ll love it. The more you massage it onto your skin the more fluid and sheer it goes. I really feels it clears my skin deep.
- OSKIA – Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It’s like a balm in a dispenser that melts when massaged onto the skin. Leaves the skin fresh & hydrated.
- CAUDALIE – Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil. Review here.
- CLINIQUE – Take the Day Off, available in Oil and Balm. Fragrance free and does the job perfectly.
Other cleansers without Sodium Laureth Sulfate:
- SUNDAY RILEY – Ceramic Slip Cleanser
- TATA HARPER – Nourishing Oil Cleanser
- TATA HARPER – Regenerating Cleanser
- TATA HARPER – Purifying Cleanser
- RADICAL SKINCARE- Hydrating Cleanser
- REN – Rosa Centifolia Facial Cleansing Gel
- ZELENS – Z Pure Cleansing Liquid Balm
When we wash our face the objective is not to become a giant bubble of foam, scrubbing it until it shines. No. Be gentle with your skin, use products that will deeply cleanse it while respecting its natural barriers.
Marilicious tip: Always apply your cleanser on dry skin and then massage. No water needed. Then rinse with a luke warm wash clothe for a gentle exfoliation and then rinse thoroughly if you wish. Your skin is cleaned and ready for your beauty routine, and stay away from the foam!