The Evils of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Some skin care ingredients really don’t make sense. One of these is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – called SLS for short.

Some skin care ingredients really don’t make sense.  One of these is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – called SLS for short. 

This is a surfactant – a detergent. It causes suds and foaming.  And it’s in shampoo, soap, and toothpaste. 

But SLS irritates skin for up to a week after use.  And this is so predictable that scientists use it as the gold standard – for irritation!  

It fries skin proteins and destroys your good oils.  It causes inflammation, free radicals, and you get a burning sensation and red, tight, and dry skin.   If your skin feels dry when you come out of the shower, it may well be an SLS effect. So, what do you do?  You reach for a moisturizer.

Another product that you probably don't need.

Many moisturizers contain vitamins and steroids and antioxidants that help this irritation.  But the real answer?  Look for SLS on the label and simply avoid it.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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