If you are a skin wellness enthusiast then you must be aware that chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) must be avoided in skincare products. For those who still have their hearts on products with sulfates, it is time for you to make the switch to sulfate-free face wash RIGHT NOW! Why, you ask? Let us tell you.
The cosmetic industry adds sulfates to your skincare products like face washes to help them give the satisfying foam and remove oils & dirt. The only problem here is that these cleansing agents are the same ingredients that are used in your detergents so you can well imagine how harsh they must be for your skin. Additionally, sulfates are known to irritate your skin, strip your natural sebum, worsen acne and lead to inflammation.
Benefits of sulfate-free face wash
Sulfate-free face washes have umpteen benefits from which here are some of our favorites.
Sulfate-free face cleansers are generally formulated with natural ingredients sans chemicals. These natural skin care products are extremely safe for all skin types.
Face washes with SLS & SLES are aggressive on the skin which leads to stripping of the skin’s natural oils. Sulfate-free face wash, on the other hand, keeps your skin’s natural oils intact and just gently cleanses your skin.
A face wash with a strong alkaline substance like sulfate breaks your skin’s collagen and makes it look dull and dehydrated. A sulfate free face wash not only boosts collagen production but also prevents premature aging by giving your skin a natural glow.
Sulfate-free skincare products are made with organic ingredients that do not cause skin breakouts and the ever troublesome acne.
Another important benefit of sulfate-free & chemical surfactant-free face wash is that they are not only good for you but also for Earth. This is because they are plant-based and organic.
Things to consider while purchasing a sulfate-free face wash
Any skin care routine is incomplete without cleaning your face, thus making the humble face wash an integral and irreplaceable part of your skincare routine. Here are a few things that you must keep in mind while selecting a natural sulfate-free face wash.
a) Know your skin type
Before making any purchase decision, you must know your skin type. This will help you to avoid ingredients apart from sulfates that can cause any kind of irritation to your skin.
At Oleum Cottage, we have carefully formulated two cleansers that use 100% natural ingredients and cater to specific concerns and skin types. For examples:
i) Our Mesmerising African Black Cleansing Potion is crafted for people with normal, oily, acne-prone, pigmented, and sensitive skin. This crowd favorite is a therapeutic solution for breakouts, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and eczema-prone skin.
ii) Our Pollution Defence Cleansing Balm, inspired by the traditional oil cleansing method, is best suited for normal to dry and sensitive skin types. The gel efficiently removes impurities from your pores.
b) Know the ingredients
Choosing a sulfate-free face wash needs to be an extremely vigilant process as you need to be aware of all the ingredients. You need to check that the face wash or cleanser does not contain sulfates or lesser-known but equally harsh surfactants that can harm your skin.
Our Mesmerising African Black Cleansing Potion has the most sought after ingredients by skin experts like African Black Soap, essential oils of Lavender, Orange, German
Chamomile, Rosewood & more. Our Pollution Defence Cleansing Balm has time-tested ingredients like cold-pressed oils of Grapeseed, Extra Virgin Coconut, Castor, Mango Butter, essential oils of Lemon, Sweet orange, Cinnamon & Vitamin E.
c) Reviews of the brand and product
Lastly, remember to always check the reviews of the skincare brand that you are opting for. This will help you to make an informed decision.
Habits are hard to change, we understand that. And to make it harder they often take a little time to show you results. However, better habits inevitably lead to happier outcomes in the long run, and the first step is the one that matters. Cleansing is that first step in your skincare routine and we hope we have planted the seed of why you must opt for natural sulfate-free alternatives.
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