Favorite Drugstore Sulfate-Free Body Washes
As most of you know, I’m a bit obsessed with skin. I’ve been learning about skincare almost everyday for about 3 years now — whether it has to do with how our hormones affect our skin, how our diet can cause breakouts, which acids are safe with which serums, etc. — I’m an obsessed being for skincare. Along with learning about skin, I love learning about which products help and hurt our skin the most and for me, dealing with winters in California (which leave my hands and body feeling like a drier than a dessert in August at noon) is not the easiest task.
Dove, a brand that I fucking love and adore and have basically grown up with, sent me their body wash earlier this year along with some new skin-based information that I hadn’t known. Yeah, you read that right .. I didn’t know something about skin! So since I was so kindly put on the microbiome game, I knew I had to put y’all onto it too! So let’s get to it:
First things first, what is your microbiome?
Our microbiome lives in the skin’s protective layer. Our microbiome plays a huge role in keeping our skin healthy, moisturized and resilient. So our skin and our microbiome are basically in this beautiful marriage which scientists call a symbiotic relationship, meaning that both the skin and the microbiome benefit from being together. Now, like any marriage, sometimes there are disagreements — when there’s an imbalance in the microbiome, our skin can develop skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, contact dermatitis, acne, poor wound healing, skin ulcers, dandruff, yeast and fungal infections, rosacea, and accelerated skin aging.
Now, I know all of those things I just mentioned are things that no one wants to deal with but unfortunately some people have to. While there are remedies, it’s important to see the signs and learn to keep your microbiome balanced and healthy. So I’m gonna dish some secrets to make sure that the microbiome is kept in tip-top shape and it honestly isn’t hard to do at all. The first thing to do is to be gentle with your skin! Using gentle body washes and soaps are really wonderful for your skin and the balance of your microbiome.
This is when sulfates come into the picture — using sulfates are an absolute no no for your skin (your hair too)! Byrdie Beauty covered sulfates in such a beautiful way so I’m going to share what they’ve shared, “In terms of chemistry, sulfates are a type of ingredient called a surfactant, which is a combination of molecules that attracts water and oil. "This unique property allows soaps, shampoos, and body washes to separate dirt and oil from your skin or hair and then allow the water you rinse it with to carry it off your body and down the drain," Kevin Ewell, a research and development cosmetic chemist, told xoJane.”
However, while sulfates are amazing at removing all of the nasty shit that’s on our bodies, it can also be insanely harsh to our skin. Here’s what else Byrdie Beauty said about sulfates, “Sulfates are so effective at removing the dirt from your hair that sometimes they strip the hair of its natural oils and the proteins that make it look shiny and healthy. In addition, if a sulfate-containing product gets in your eyes, it can sting, and Cleveland says sulfates can also cause premature fading of hair color and keratin services. Plus, if you have super-sensitive skin, the combination of sulfates and synthetic fragrance may cause a rash.”
Sooo .. the thought of stinging eyes, rashes and loss of natural oils is more than enough to keep me away from sulfates. Of course, prior to knowing all of this, I was using them left and right but I’ve been able to cut back products that have them when I started to see that sulfate-free doesn’t mean these luxury products that break the bank. I think sometimes it can be overwhelming to look for products that will do us more good than harm because we can get so used to our usual favorites. I’ve made a list of products that I love to use on my skin that are sulfate-free, gentle, pH balancing and cleansing all in one sitting! Keep scrolling to see my favorite products that are sulfate-free:
Let me know about your ride or die body washes in the comments below!