Are sulfates bad in beauty products? The facts explained

Sulfates are one of the most prevalent (and currently, controversial) ingredients available. They are particularly ubiquitous in cosmetics. Sulfates are found in most beauty products, everything from soap and shampoos to bath bombs and toothpaste. So why is this common household ingredient causing a stir?

Over the last 15 years or so, interest in sulfate-free products has grown. We have consulted experts to find out the benefits and side effects of sulfates, and how they could impact the effectiveness of your skincare routine and best beauty products. In our guide, you will learn about their use, and know what to look for when buying products containing them as an active ingredient. You may also discover that your skin type or lifestyle choices mean that going sulfate-free would be a good option for you.

What are sulfates?