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SLS in skincare and beauty products

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SLS is something you hear about often within the beauty world now, this is a chemical that you will find in products produced by many large beauty companies, particularly in the use of products like shampoo. 

First of all, what is SLS? SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and is a surfactant, its molecular structure allows it to trap oil based dirt and then for that dirt to be washed away with water. It is a chemical that has been used for decades in beauty and bathroom products. 

In recent years the use of this chemical has become more controversial with many members of the public choosing to not want to expose themselves to SLS. Here at Handsome Fella we have been doing our own reading over the subject of SLS and the negative and positives of using it. The truth is, beauty companies use SLS because it is cheap, readily available and produces that soapy lather that many people enjoy feeling when they wash themselves, particularly when they wash their hair with a shampoo. And of course, it washes away all that oily dirt. So what's the problem?

Well, first of all, is it safe to use? The answer to that is yes. Its use is approved by European and US regulators, and experts agree that its use is completely safe. However, the main issue with SLS is that it is potentially a cause of skin irritation. Although, many beauty companies believe that using SLS is unlikely to cause skin irratation if the product is washed off your skin when in the shower or bath and not left on the skin for a long period of time, it is still a chemical that is really quite harsh compared to alternatives such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, for example.

Although, here at Handsome Fella we believe in the postive safety record of SLS we also believe there are less harsh alternatives for your skin. And we know our makers do too. Many of our makers create products in their very own workshops. They care passionately about creating products that use natural ingredients that are as good for you and your skin as possible.

The reason SLS is used by many large beauty brands is simply because it's cheap and readily available, and does the job: creating a lather and leaving your body and hair feeling cleaner. However, at Handsome Fella we want to bring you products that do more than just doing the job. We choose to stock higher quality products, products that have had more time and care invested into them using natural ingredients that are actively good for your skin and body. SLS might not do you harm but neither can it be argued that it is something that is particularly good for you. And if you are someone with sensitive skin then it is a good idea to avoid SLS altogether. 

When we source products for guys from across the UK we are on the look for makers and creators who create products that are of a higher standard to the stuff you will find in other shops and supermarkets. SLS is a cheap and efficient ingredient, it does what it needs to do. But when you purchase from Handsome Fella we want you to have access to ingredients that do more than just being efficient, ingredients that actively enhance your skin's health and are not a potential irritant in anyway, hence why we choose to not stock products that contain SLS. 

Our makers are passionate about creating the most health boosting and skin enhancing products possible, that make you feel and look great. And the best way to do this is to use healthier and more natural alternatives to SLS. 

But we encourage all our customers to do their own research and check out the opinion of other experts and beauty brands so that they can make up their own minds over whether to avoid SLS or not. Knowledge is power, after all!