Have you gave up on trying to read ingredient labels because they are a never-ending list of extraordinary long impossible-to-pronounce words ?!
Have you surrendered to the ‘what I don’t know, won’t hurt me’ method ?
…Well this method may keep your anxiety at bay for a while but it still doesn’t do your skin any favours and may put your health & well-being at risk. Natural Cosmetics Boutique is here to provide you with trusting information on how to avoid nasty chemicals in cosmetic products you buy.
So how do we understand ingredient labels in skincare and makeup products ? Here we show you how.
First, we have to know what each ingredient means…
Seems a bit of a complicated task , yes ? Well, it is rather easy once you get familiar with the chemicals commonly found in cosmetic products. So lets get ourselves familiar with them !
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are used in shampoos, shower gels, face washes, body lotions etc to give a lathering/ foaming texture to your bathing experience. When washing yourself, a good lather in a soap seems to make it feel more luxurious and is a desirable quality during the daily beauty regime as it gives the illusion that you are even more clean than usual.
This is far from the truth as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are too strong for your skin, if you use any cosmetics with either of these in them then you are rubbing chemicals into your body that irritate, dry and thin your skin ! Your skin is delicate and by not using natural cosmetics your body will ingest these toxins and can fester there causing problems.
The GOOD NEWS is that cosmetic brands can use natural ingredients to create a lathering texture and don’t have to use anything that upsets your skin and body. The BAD NEWS is that the cosmetic branded products you find on the high street will still use SLS in order to create the cheapest product possible ….Yes, I know, very frustrating !
So it makes you wonder whether the cosmetic brands we trust and use daily, really do have our best interests at heart ?
Next, we need to find out what each ingredient can do to your skin and what happens to it after it is applied to the skin (i.e. where it goes)….
When you rub a face wash into your skin, the contents of the product are absorbed through the skin into your blood stream within 18 seconds (it does not just fall off your skin and go down the drain!). Your body then has to go to a lot of effort to filter out the chemicals ingredients of the face wash (which will be all the ingredients if you have purchased from high street store or supermarket), this is done via your liver as your liver is your body’s detoxifier – which is why your liver is directly affected and is put under extra strain to filter out alcohol when you consume it.
Nowadays, our diet consumption and beauty products are filled with chemical ingredients so our livers are being overloaded and put under far too much strain that it can’t detoxify and get rid of ALL the chemicals our bodies are exposed to. These chemicals and toxins are left to hang around and cause problems such as illnesses.
BUT thankfully…there are natural cosmetics brands and products out there that only use truly natural ingredients and normally handmake them. Although you will only find these natural cosmetics either online or an individual natural shop that is not a big chain store or high street department store such as asda, john lewis, debenhams, tesco etc -This is because big chains and department stores have to buy in a big batch of products for all their individual stores and they always manufacture their products with chemical preservatives in order to have a very long shelf life (around 4 years). I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t feel comfortable using a moisturiser that’s 4 years old, I want a freshly made product. Natural cosmetic brands use natural preservatives that don’t harm irritate or dry your skin, and they have a shelf-life of 18 months.
Natural skincare & makeup is NOT expensive and is actually similarly priced to what you normally buy in a high street store, normally I pay less than a tenner for a natural cosmetic product and the other benefit is that it LASTS LONGER as most natural cosmetics brands do not dilute and fill up their product with water (aqua as you see it in ingredient labels). So you won’t be out of pocket and at the same time you’ll be helping your skin age slower while taking a step towards a healthier lifestyle 🙂
SLS normally appears at the very beginning of the ingredient list next to Aqua because ingredients are listed by the highest percentage of ingredient used in descending order, so in a typical shower gel , Water (Aqua) is always first because the product is mostly made up of water. SLS usually appears after Aqua which means it is a close second in the amount used …which is a scary thought !
So start looking at the cosmetic products in your own home, that you use all the time and maybe are a trusted brand of yours and see whether they include Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate….
You will be amazed by what you find !
Love natural !
Luby Lou x