In this blog I thought I should share a bit about the products I use to deal with my eczema and how I live a sulphate free life. My body now feels softer using sulphate free products in combination with an emollient cream.
What are Sulphates?
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Ether Sulphate (SLES) is added to create a soapy lather or bubbles and to help remove dirt and oils from skin and hair. In addition to household cleaning products, like laundry and dish detergent sulphates are commonly found in soap, shampoo, body wash, face cleanser and toothpaste.
Unfortunately for me, the problem is they cause varying levels of irritation and tend to dry out my hair and skin making the eczema worse. Typically, most sulphate free products I have found do not lather as much as others containing foaming agents, but I have noticed less flare-ups of eczema and dry scalp. Thankfully, there are plenty of products out there that are SLS-free and a few of my favourites include:
My absolute favourite shampoo by far is by Organix and the Cherry Blossom Ginseng smells incredible but have been unable to find that one and they do not deliver to Zambia. I really do love their products and if am not mistaken all of their collections are sulphate-free. The shampoo just nourishes and strengthens my hair and it smells so divine.
For my skin I use my trusted E45 it has not failed me once and have recently discovered the Dove nourishing shower gel
skin is clean and smooth, without any tightness or irritation.
I have finally seattled on a toothpaste that nourishes and defends my teeth without irritating chemicals, so goodbye to canker sores.
If you know of any other affordable SLS-free products let me know.