To understand why it’s beneficial to use a sulphate-free & paraben-free soap bar, we need to dive deeper into what sulphates and parabens are. To begin with -
Sulphates: They are essentially surfactants. They have a unique ability to lower the surface tension of water, making the molecules slipperier and soap-like, hence; they are less likely to stick to themselves and more likely to interact with oil and grease, which is why they’re present in a wide range of cleaning products.
Parabens: They are chemicals that work as preservatives to increase the shelf-life of products and halt or prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi, which is why they’re used in an array of cleaning products including but not limited to shampoos and soaps.
How do sulphates and parabens impact the skin and hair?
Both sulphates and parabens are man-made chemicals, which have the potential to ruin your hair and skin. Let's learn exactly how they do this -
Sulphates - are responsible for the frothy and foamy consequence of massaging a soap or shampoo onto your skin and hair. They help create a lather, and in-turn ease the application process of these products. But what is the cost of this convenience?
- The chemical nature of sulphates leads to dry hair and skin as they rob them of their natural oils.
- It can lead to skin, eye, and scalp irritation along with severe inflammation.
- Sulphates are produced from petroleum, therefore; they are unsustainable and hazardous to the environment
Parabens - are responsible for the longevity of cleaning products, and are used generously by mass producers of soap, shampoo, and various cosmetic products to keep bacteria at bay. This allows us as consumers to buy such products in bulk without having to worry about their expiration, and similarly allows producers to manufacture and store their products in bulk.
But what are the risks associated with this chemical?
They are known to cause allergic reactions and further worsen dermatitis.
They can disrupt the appropriate production of hormones in the body.
They can lead to breast cancer. Studies have revealed concentrations of parabens in malignant breast tumours.
The lion’s share of cleaning and cosmetic products available today contain sulphates and parabens. However, there are a few brands working tirelessly to provide a healthy and sustainable solution to anyone looking to make the switch to Sulphate & Paraben Free. At Satliva, all our products are free from sulphates and parabens; a great first product from our range for anyone to experience the difference is the Hemp with Argan & Activated Charcoal Shampoo Bar, which can be used on your hair and body alike, so you can make an informed decision for the betterment of your physical well-being!