If you are allergic or sensitive to chemicals, or you genuinely care about the ingredients that you use on your skin, you'll want to try sulfate free toiletry products. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (referred to as SLS or SLES) is a harsh foaming agent found in many different hygiene and household products, like shampoos, soaps, shower gels and toothpastes. It's been criticized over the years, due to its possible carcinogenic properties, however toxicology reports prove that it is more of a skin irritant, rather than posing any threat to our cells or reacting with our DNA on any level. Everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream, so if you’re concerned in any way, there are plenty of sulfate free toiletry products on the market today; some of which I've listed below.
Aveeno is frequently endorsed by dermatologists due to their effective, yet affordable range of skincare products, and only recently have they added sulfate free toiletry products to their repertoire. I’m imagining they’ll come out with more soon, as they only have 4 products in their sulfate free range (they're all top sellers though)! Tip: if you color-treat your hair, using sulfate free shampoos will help your color fade less quickly, giving you more time in-between hair salon visits! Try their Pure Renewal shampoo priced at $6.49 available from supermarkets, pharmacies and online at aveeno.com