Sulfates And Suds
Sulfates are emulsifiers—foaming agents—that are included to make your personal care products lather up with less effort. Premium soaps can create a lather without sulfates, but it takes a little more work in the shower. Companies use this agent because it’s inexpensive and lets them tout a richer lather for body wash and shampoos their ingredients don’t provide without it.
Sulfates and parabens both have their issues, but parabens may be far worse for you. These preservatives are meant to help keep your personal care products from getting contaminated by bacteria. In most cases, that just isn’t needed. If you shower regularly and keep the lid on the bottle closed, most modern personal care products will be gone before they can become contaminated.