Sulphates and parabens are two words that have surfaced in the beauty industry lately. A lot of discussion has been going on behind the science of these two words and their presence in beauty and skin care products. If you’ve been wondering what it is, why to avoid them and what effects do they have on you, then we’re going to answer all of it.
Let’s take a closer at sulphates and parabens...
What is sulphate?
Sulphates are nothing but preservatives used in hair and skin care products to increase their shelf life. Sodium laurel sulphate or SLS is a surfactant that reduces surface tension between a liquid and a solid. When used in shampoos it produces a rich lather enabling the removal of dirt and oil from your hair. Unless and until you have sensitivity towards sulphates, you are essentially fine. However, since it is essentially designed to get rid of any build, it can also take away natural oils leaving you with dry, irritated scalp and hair loss.
What are parabens?
Just like sulphates, parabens too are preservatives used in cosmetic products but to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus. Parabens are recognized with a lot of different names such as, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben and isobutylparaben. After being used in body washes and shampoos for decades, recently scientists started questioning its safety. Certain studies show that parabens have been found inside breast cancer tumours. However, no scientific evidence has been able to directly link the two.
The key is to use in moderation
Chemicals no matter what are chemicals, the key is to use them in moderation. Keep switching your beauty and skin care products. Read the labels and understand what you’re putting on your body. Prevention is better than cure, you can opt for paraben and sulphate free products or look for products that are low on these two chemicals.