Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in Lotion

You always hear about shampoos with sulfates in them; but what about lotions? I’ve recently discovered that one of my favorite cruelty-free lotions has sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in it. Now, as someone who preaches about sulfates and silicones in shampoos and conditioners, you would think I would be on the ball about reading the ingredients in the products I purchase. Admittedly, I am not. And after finding out about my lotion, I have made a point to practice what I preach by reading the ingredients before I purchase my products. After discovering my lotion has SLS, I went ahead and looked into what it can do to skin.

I found that if you have a skin condition, like eczema, SLS can be very bad for you. Since the lotion is absorbed, it can actually make the skin drier and cause a reaction. There have been reports of eczema creams having SLS in their products, making the condition worse. If you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, it may be best to avoid lotions with SLS as an ingredient.

When checking ingredients on your lotion, look for sodium lauryl sulfate. There are other sulfates that can be in your lotion. Here are some to look for:

  • Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
  • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
  • Sodium myreth sulfate
  • Sodium dodecyl sulfate (another name for SLS)
  • Sodium coco sulfate

Sulfate usually has different names due to the way it is produced. For example, sodium coco sulfate is created by using the fatty acids from coconut oil. There are many other kinds of sulfates that can be in your lotion. They are usually easy to spot since sodium or sulfate is in the name.  

Always check the ingredients in your lotion. It will help you take better care of that large organ we call skin.