While we believe most cleansers strip skin of important oils which leaves skin dry and irritated, there are areas and times when gentle cleansers are needed. For such times we offer CLEAN & CLEANbaby, a gentle non toxic castile soap. All other areas (torso, back, arms, legs, face) need a hard-working, bacteria-fighting cleanser like NOURISH. Most of us do not get dirty enough to warrant the use of soap on a daily basis.
Here's the news on ingredients in most soaps on the market (except ours)!
Most soaps on the market contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). It is arguably the most dangerous ingredient used in personal care products, and it is in everything (toothpaste, shampoos, cleansers, etc). In the cleaning industry SLS is used in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car-wash soaps, etc. It is very corrosive and readily attacks greasy surfaces which is what makes it such an effective cleanser but at what cost?
Sodium lauryl sulfate is used throughout the world for clinical testing as a skin irritant. Laboratories use it to irritate skin on test animals and humans so that they may then test healing agents to see how effective they are on the irritated skin.
A study at the University of Georgia Medical College, indicated that SLS penetrated into the eyes as well as brain, heart, liver, etc., and showed long-term retention in the tissues. The study also indicated that SLS penetrated young children's eyes and prevented them from developing properly and caused cataracts to develop In adults.
SLS may cause hair loss by attacking the follicle. Classified as a drug in bubble baths, it removes the protective layer and dries skin by stripping the protective lipids from the surface so it can't effectively regulate moisture.
Another extremely serious problem is the connection of SLS with nitrate contamination. SLS reacts with many types of ingredients used in skin products and forms nitrosomines (nitrates). Nitrates are potential cancer-causing carcinogenics.Because of the alarming penetrating power of SLS, large amounts of these known carcinogens are absorbed through the skin into the body. A variation of SLS is SODIUM LAURYL ETHER SULFATE or SLES). It exhibits many of the same characteristics and is a higher-foaming variation of SLS.