The dirt on sulfates and silicones
Did you know that by choosing clean beauty hair care you’re freeing yourself of toxic ingredients like Sulfates and synthetic polymers like Silicone?
What are sulfates
Sulfates, also known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), are known for their powerful cleaning agents and are produced from petroleum and plant sources such as coconut and palm oil. Sulfates are not only found in shampoo and personal care products, they are also common in cleaning products like laundry detergents and dish soap. They are categorized as an endocrine disruptor, which is a chemical that may mimic or interfere with the body’s hormones. In small concentrations, sulfates are considered less threatening.
What are silicones?
Silicones are polymers, which are large molecules connected by smaller repeating chemical units. They are not toxic, but they are synthetic. They are popular in products for their hydrophobic properties, which means they don’t mix with water, so they help retain moisture by creating an impenetrable seal.