What is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) or SLES? Why does Paeon Laboratories use alternatives to SLS and SLES?
Potentially harmful chemical called Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is one of the most irritating cleansing agents (e.g. it functions as a surfactant) used in skin-care products, while coco-glucoside is the mildest detergent (the Duhring Chamber Test lists coco-glucoside as having the lowest irritation score of all common surfactants). In addition, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is often used as a foaming agent in bubble bath soap, shower gels and shampoos while it is also used as a factory floor degreaser. In fact, it’s considered a standard comparison substance for measuring skin irritancy of other ingredients.
Thus in scientific studies, when they want to establish whether or not an ingredient is problematic for skin, they compare its effect to the results of SLS. In amounts of 2% to 5% it can cause allergic or sensitizing reactions in lots of people. For a more scientific explanation about SLS please refer to European Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2001, pages 416–419 or the American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, March 2001, pages 28–32.
Generally speaking, you can determine a sulfate’s toxicity by determining its origin. If it’s from a safe mineral such as calcium (calcium sulphate) or from plant derived fatty alcohols (e.g. stearyl or cetearyl sulphates) then it is generally non-toxic. If it’s from a petrochemical (dimethicone PEG-7 sulfate), petrochemical processing (anything with ‘eth’ i.e. sodium laureth sulfate) or harmful metals (lead sulphate) then it is going to be unsafe for you to use on your skin.
Please note: Products containing Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) have been found to also contain traces of 1,4-dioxane. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that these levels be monitored. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies 1,4-dioxane to be a probable human carcinogen.
Under Proposition 65 (list dated 6 June 2014), 1,4-dioxane is classified in California to cause cancer. The FDA encourages manufacturers to remove 1,4-dioxane, though it is not required by federal law.
Naturally derived healthy alternatives
Given the scientific knowledge about potential harmful effects of SLS and SLES on people, Paeon Laboratories only uses naturally derived healthy alternatives such as Coco-Glucoside or sodium cetearyl sulphate (sodium cetearyl sulphate is derived from the fatty alcohol of coconut).
How can I become an authorised Paeon Laboratories account?
Spas, salons, estheticians and certified professionals interested in more information about carrying the Biozantium range can contact us at +31 15 30 100 40.
Why do you only sell your products in spas and salons?
Paeon Laboratories’ Biozantium Skin Care range is designed to be most effective when prescribed by a professional skin therapist, which is why our products are sold in authorized Paeon Laboratories’ spas and salons.
Is your plastic packaging safe?
Yes. All of our plastic containers are made from high-end food grade material (PET). These are Bisphenol A (BPA) free and easy to recycle.
What is the percentage of organic ingredients in your products?
This differs per product due to the type, number, and volume of ingredients required to create a functional, skin-friendly and safe formulation. Our products can be up to 100% organic. Most of our products have an organic percentage of approximately 80% or higher. Please note, that our ingredients are derived from 100% natural sources. We do NOT use petrochemical, mineral oils or other harmful chemicals (e.g. parabens or phthalates) in our cosmetics.
What products are safe for pregnant clients?
We recommend that pregnant clients check with their healthcare provider for any product contraindications that may be unique to them. It is generally recommended that stimulating products should be avoided, as women may find that their skin is more sensitive during pregnancy.
Furthermore, Most pregnant women know that what they put (or don't put) in their bodies is important to the well-being of their growing baby, whether it's the right kind of protein, too much caffeine, alcohol, or certain types of fish. But many pregnant women might not know that what they put on their bodies is just as important.
Most women use cleansers, toners, creams, and serums every day, without realising what might be passing the skin barrier and being absorbed into their bodies. With a developing baby in your belly, this is a vital concern!
Generally speaking, "Everything you eat, apply, or come into contact with may affect not only you but also your baby". Which is why we recommend the 100% natural BIOZANTIUM range of professional cosmetics AND that if you must have a peel, have it done professionally. An aesthetician or dermatologist will know how to do it safely during pregnancy.