Sodium laureth sulfate or SLES, is a surfactant and foaming agent commonly used in personal care and cleaning products. Sodium laureth sulfate is commonly used in a variety of skincare like facial cleansers, body cleansers and shampoos, to create a rich lather and effectively remove dirt, oils and impurities from skin or hair. It’s valued for its cleansing properties, but it can be a potential skin irritant for some individuals, especially those with sensitive or dry skin and it has been a subject of debate that concerns its safety in certain formulas. Because sodium laureth sulfate can be harsh on skin, some individuals may prefer sulfate-free alternatives in their skincare routines.


Sodium Laureth Sulfate


Sodium laureth sulfate is a synthetic compound created through chemical processes in laboratories. It's not obtained from natural sources.


Sodium laureth sulfate can be tolerated by most without issue when used at appropriate concentrations, but it has the potential to cause irritation, particularly for those with sensitive skin.


Sodium laureth sulfate itself does not offer skincare benefits since its primary function is as a cleansing and foaming agent. Its benefit lies in its ability to create a rich lather that removes dirt, oils and impurities from the skin.