The skin is comprised of many layers and must be carefully maintained by many regulatory mechanisms of the body. pH balance on skin is important as it is known to affect the skin's barrier. Each beauty product used can improve or impair the skin barrier after repeated use. SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and is an effective surfactant which helps to remove residue. SLES is a similar compound called Sodium Laureth Sulfate which supposedly is a slightly less irritant. These compounds can be claimed as natural as it is derived from coconut oil, but there are several health risks that are associated with SLS. It is also used in various toothpastes, shampoos and cosmetic products as it has a thickening effect and ability to create a thick lather which is what some people find to be what ensures they're doing a good job when in the shower. So why is it so bad for you?
With the new green movement in trying to promote a more sustainable lifestyle and natural products that are being promoted lately, we've seen a lot of controversy and claims that many things are now "paraben free". But what exactly are parabens? And why should we be so afraid of them? It's effective anti-microbial properties are effective and used in everyday things from shampoos to makeup products which is used as a preservative in nearly 90% of all cosmetics. Parabens, which include butylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isopropylparaben, and benzylparaben, can be absorbed through the skin and migrate into the bloodstream and body tissues. Due to the migration of the parabens, concerns have been raised recently, about possible links between some cosmetic products containing parabens and the incidence of breast cancer.