In modern-day skincare, there are a lot of hard-to-pronounce ingredients out there. This is why reading labels can be tricky and we sometimes just want to skip over this step. But, if you care about what you put on your body, reading labels is a necessity to choosing wisely the right products for your body.
One long and seemingly daunting ingredient you might come across is sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate. The name seems intimidating but is it good or bad for you? Let’s break down what this ingredient is and why you don’t have to be afraid of it.
Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate Explained
This tongue-twister of an ingredient is a natural alternative to sulfates in a lot of cleansers. It’s sugar-based and is often used in body care and soap products. It’s biodegradable and allows for gentle cleansing of the skin with foaming action.
It’s great for sensitive skin and can even be used on babies. This ingredient has evolved over the past five years and has become a very popular substitute for sulfates. Sulfates are often used in hair and skin care products to give them a lather.
Difference Between Sulfates and Sulfonate
Generally speaking, although sulfates and sulfonate sound similar, they are pretty different in composition. Sulfonates possess a carbon-sulfur bond, whereas sulfates possess a carbon-oxygen sulfur bond. This produces an inorganic and alcoholic substance. Sulfates are often made from the reaction of fatty alcohols.
Sulfonates, which is what sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate is, cleanse things like hair without completely stripping the oils from it. That’s why it’s used as an alternative to sulfates because it has a much more gentle effect.
What Ingredients Should You Avoid In Skin Care Products
Besides sulfates, what are some other ingredients to look out for in your skin and hair care products? We’ll tell you.
Parabens should be avoided since they can contribute to hormone imbalances and can lead to reproductive issues. Parabens are found in chemicals like methylparabens, propylparabens, butyl parabens, and ethyl parabens. They are used to help prolong the shelf-life of products and are found in makeup, shampoo, and a lot of body washes.
Phthalates are often used in beauty products to increase the plastic in cosmetics. It helps the product stick to the skin and can be dangerous especially for children. It’s often found in deodorants, lotions, and hair sprays.
Lead is a neurotoxin that is sometimes found in cosmetics. Lead used to be in paint until we learned how bad it was and removed it from everything. Despite this, it can still sometimes be found in our beauty supplies.
Formaldehyde is a chemical that’s used to preserve things that are dead. It’s linked to asthma and developmental problems and can sometimes be found in body washes and shampoos.
Don’t forget to check the labels on all the products you use on your hair and skin! Any of these common harmful ingredients could be lurking in your shampoo bottle. Even though sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate sounds intimidating, it’s only a sugar-based surfactant. There’s no need to worry that this ingredient is going to cause you any harm.
The Mother Dirt Promise
Mother Dirt made a commitment to clean skin and hair care. This means that we only want to use ingredients that are good for you that will help your skin microbiome be more balanced. That’s why we have all of our ingredients listed on our site.
So the question that you might be thinking to yourself is, “if you don't use harsh chemicals, then what's the deal with the long complicated names of your ingredients?” Well, we have an answer for you. We use the Latin names of our naturally-derived ingredients because the FDA requires us to format it that way on our labels. For example, coconut is listed as Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride in our ingredients.
Using the Latin name comes from the tradition of using Latin for medicinal things. This is because there are many different species within the same genus of plants, therefore it can get confusing without Latin.
In addition to listing the Latin name for the ingredient, we also include all the compounds of any herb or nutrient. To sum it up, just because you see a long word, doesn’t mean it’s automatically bad. It’s more important to know where these ingredients come from and whether or not they’re naturally occurring or harmful to the body.
Putting Bacteria Back On Your Skin
Sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate might not be a super glamorous name, but neither is bacteria. At Mother Dirt, we’re putting the good bacteria back into your hair and skin care routine. We know that your body has its own ecosystem that consists of thousands of tiny microbes. Without these microbes, your body would be susceptible to all different kinds of things.
Here at Mother Dirt, our products include probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics to help balance your skin’s microbiome without disrupting it.
Probiotic Skincare and Haircare
We offer a revolutionary line of skincare products to benefit your microbiome from head-to-toe. If you feel like your skin or hair is in need of a reset button, you’ve come to the right place.
Finding a hair care routine that works doesn’t need to be daunting. Our Hydrating Hair Wash is designed to cleanse your hair using Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate.
Besides Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, our Hair Wash also contains lactic acid, rose water and squalene. All of these ingredients work together to form the best possible shampoo for your hair. Our shampoo can be used on any hair type and will leave your hair feeling healthy and soft afterward. Follow up the wash with our gentle conditioner for shiny, bouncy hair that’s not weighed down.
Mother Dirt is actively trying to restore essential bacteria lost to modern hygiene, leading to radiant skin that doesn’t fall victim to environmental and other stressors.
As a science-first company, we've worked hard to develop products that are capable of restoring the skin’s microbiome. Fostering a relationship with the microbial world on your skin is one of the most important steps in regaining healthy hair and skin.
Wrapping It Up
Sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate is a mouthful and may seem intimidating, but it’s really quite gentle. It is a more natural alternative to sulfates that still provides a foamy lather without the risk of irritation and drying that traditional sulfates typically cause.
Understanding the context behind this ingredient helps shed some light on this mammoth of a surfactant. Hopefully, now you are a little less intimidated by it. To get started on your biotic skincare journey today, we suggest going with one of our skincare kits that include everything you need to finally get beautiful, radiant, glowing skin.