What to Use Instead of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

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Amal Elbahnasawy, founder, ARTISANskin recommends swapping out sodium lauryl sulfate for alginate. Here's why.

Ingredients that change texture, such as alginate, will be sweeping the beauty industry in 2017. Alginate is a natural ingredient derived from seaweed, which means it is packed full of minerals and vitamins that stimulate collagen synthesis, rid pores of toxins, help skin retain water, and leave a brighter, hydrated facial tone. This natural powder turns into a gel when mixed with water and then creates a texture similar to rubber as it dries on the skin, delivering an effective facial mask as well as an experience for the senses.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is a surfactant and can be found in almost every product that contains foam, such as shampoo, toothpaste, and face and body wash. It's a synthetic ingredient and is known as a corrosive irritant, stripping the skin of its protective oils and moisture, and can cause even greater harm if used long term. A better natural alternative, particularly in spa locker rooms, is castille soap-based products.


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