Achieving laureth sulfate-free skin care means you have to give up coconut oil. Just about all laureth or lauryl sulfate (SLS) comes from coconut oil. A little may come from Palm oil. From these plants, we make soaps and cleansers.
The slickly advertised “Seventh Generation Detergent” is made from coconut-palm oils. You can read about the environmental devastation caused by this large scale use. Moreover, we now know that it takes much less SLS to cause a skin reaction in people with allergies. This compound has been used to generate eczema for experimental study.
It comes as no surprise that Unilever bought “Seventh Generation Detergent”. The CEO of the Vermont registered company, Replogle, ran several Unilever cosmetic sections including Burt’s Bees. There is little evidence that any of the products were made in Vermont.
When we exclude things like SLS, we exclude many other related chemical problems. For example, many Aveeno products contain things you could recognize as a common allergen. Even CereVe, a popular cream within the medical field, has numerous dubious ingredients.
Consequently, your skin needs laureth sulfate-free skin care (you do not want to eat SLS either). People have even found SLS in human fat. SLS has a very powerful vaccine-detergent effect which interacts with oils to help make an allergy. Yes, you can become allergic to most anything dissolved in oil, water, and detergents. But without the “super detergent,” you likely will not develop an allergy.
We have long known that it takes much less SLS for eczema and atopic individuals to have a skin reaction.
“Effective concentrations of sodium lauryl sulfate causing irritation in 50% or more of subjects (ED50) ranged from 0.0625% to 0.31% in all atopic groups, percentages that were significantly lower than the normal ED50 of 0.60%. Response intensity was also significantly greater in each atopic group.”
That means individuals with a history of skin problems really need to be aware of the fact that “Seventh Generation” and many other laundry detergents contain sodium laurel sulfate. So, from two perspectives calling this detergent “plant based” is deceptive. One: SLS use contributes to the loss of the world’s jungles, this product was produced for thousands of stores, and millions of people. Two: you stand a chance of irritation if you have skin sensitivities.
Ceela recommends not putting on creams containing powerful “super detergents” like sorbitans. Unfortunately, almost all creams use these powerful detergents: lecithins, sorbitans or sulfated-fats like SLS.
Your skin will instantly recognize the absence of all detergents in Ceela skin creams. In 2-3 weeks, your skin will have a beautiful full feel and at the very least, a reduction in the appearance of fine lines. Remember, nutrition builds health. And health radiates beauty.
Once your skin is used to the difference from laureth sulfate-free creams, it will tell you “please no more detergent-based creams.” You wash off grime and then rinse thoroughly. Soap and cleansers are detergents. You do not want these to penetrate your skin and enter your body, but sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) does this in spades. As a consequence, many people get terrible rashes with specific laundry soaps and in theory, SLS at some concentrations will cause eczema. If you have allergies you will be more sensitive to this. You can make a choice to use the only detergent-free natural creams. We even have a patent on the process.
If you see the words laureth, lauric, laurate on any product and you have eczema, do not buy the product!
Testing people with atopic dermatitis and eczema with dilute sodium laurel sulfate had real problems. These were much worse compared to people without a history of skin problems. Further Dr. Nassif showed that if you had a history of atopic dermatitis, it still took less SLS to cause a skin problem.
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