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SLS and SLES - Are they bad for our skin?

What is SLS?


SLS is the foaming agent in most conventional shampoos, body washes, cleansers and even washing up liquid. 

SLS, or sodium lauryl sulphate, is a synthetically produced chemical surfactant, which works by stripping bacteria away by turning liquids into foam. 

Not only is SLS harmful the the health of our skin and hair, the chemical process of producing SLS typically involves either palm oil or petroleum, both of which have serious negative impacts on the environment. 



Why is SLS bad for skin?

SLS works by removing surface bacteria and oils from your skin and hair, but one of the unfortunate side effects of using SLS is that your skin and hair’s healthy natural oils are stripped away in this “cleaning” process. These oils, which are naturally present on your skin, are there for a good reason! 

August 10, 2021 — Jennifer Poust
Our use of plastic

Our use of plastic

We believe that making efforts to reduce your carbon footprint is about looking at the bigger picture. Instead of simply trying to avoid plastic, it is about making lifestyle changes and attitude changes that will make you more environmentally friendly in the long term.


Buying from smaller businesses and, of course, shopping locally is a great way to reduce your environmental impact. Large companies who mass produce products have a larger carbon footprint than smaller businesses who handmade products or produce in small batches. 


 

February 11, 2021 — Suneeta Cosmetics
Adult Acne, Hormones and Dehydrated Skin

Adult Acne, Hormones and Dehydrated Skin

More often than not, hormonal acne is really the result of hormone changes and not a direct result of skincare. (But bear with us because skincare is important!)

It is caused by the body producing excess androgens (a.k.a. male hormones), which lead to increased oil production in hair follicles around the chin, lower cheeks and jawline.

Let’s break this down... We know that all pores and hair follicles secrete oil - this is our skin’s way of moisturising and protecting itself, however some pores produce more oil and sebum than others. For example, the scalp is particularly ‘oil-producing’ because this helps keep the hair healthy. 

In the same way, the hair follicles on the lower part of male faces - basically everywhere there is increased facial hair growth

 

August 23, 2020 — Suneeta London
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Jash’s Hair Care Routine: Oiling Method

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is of my mother oiling my hair.

Growing up with an Indian mother, I knew from a very young age that taking care of your hair was very important. It’s not just about the aesthetics, it went deeper than that, it was rooted in tradition and Ayurveda (Ayur = life, Veda = knowledge). This knowledge determines which oils and herbs to use based on your needs, the process of making the mixtures, the massaging technique, the intergenerational conversations, the bond between women and so much more.

Over time, I have taken both what I have learnt from my mother and my own exploration and created a routine that works for me. So I want to share it with you all.

August 01, 2020 — Suneeta London
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Natural variation in skincare products

From time to time we receive emails that note slight changes in our products, so we thought we’d do a blog post on why our products change slightly from batch to batch.

Sometimes our products melt, or vary in colour and scent, so we wanted to assure you that Sunset follows strict recipes, and that variation in our products is not an indication of quality changes in ingredients; it's the beauty of a truly natural product.

We expect the ultimate consistency in high street skincare products. We expect the cosmetic products we buy from well-known high street brands to be exactly the same every time we buy them, and would probably be confused if we bought a product that we regularly used to find it was a different colour or had a slightly different smell, even when buying a “natural” product. Whilst we maybe wouldn’t leave a product out in the sun, we also wouldn’t expect it to melt or change consistency. 

July 01, 2020 — Suneeta London
How to make your own oil infusion

How to make your own oil infusion

Oil infusions are amazing for skin, hair and even cooking! A herbal infused oil, or 'macerated oil', is a carrier oil that has been infused with the goodness of a herb or a flower. By letting herbs and flowers infuse in an oil for a certain period of time, we are able to extract many of the powerful and healing properties of the plant into a usable form. Best of all, you can do it yourself at home.

There are a two different ways you can make infused oils, for which I'll give you step by step instructions below.

When choosing your carrier oil, it's a good idea to first decide where you'll be using your infused oil. Different oils can suit different parts of the body. For example, if you'll be using your infusion as a moisturising body oil, you may wish to choose a heavier oil than if you're planning to use your infusion on your face. If you're making an oil for your hair, there are many oils that a particularly good for hair growth and shine. (For more hair tips read Jash's hair care blog here!).
July 01, 2020 — Suneeta London
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What’s in your skincare?


We are not taught to expect variation in cosmetics, and it can be inconvenient or odd when you receive something you've bought before to find that it is slightly different to a previous batch.

Today we’re going to break down some of the synthetic ingredients that are added to high street skincare products to ensure consistency, and the reasons why we avoid them.

In Team Suneeta, we try avoid negativity, offering an alternative to high street skincare, without criticising other companies. We are going to break our own rule this time! This is because we want you to be informed about what you’re putting on your skin. 

Scroll to the bottom to see examples of common potentially harmful synthetic skincare ingredients used in well-known "natural" brands.

May 31, 2020 — Suneeta London
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Natural Deodorants: a safe alternative

Did you know that 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the bloodstream?

 

The skin is not an impenetrable barrier, which is why some medication can be delivered through patches and gels. In fact, the skin is the body’s largest organ - so it’s paramount that we take care of what we put on it!

Not only are many chemicals in cosmetics small enough to be absorbed by the skin, some are designed to penetrate quickly and easily, like nanoparticles and ‘penetration enhancers’ found in many deodorants.

Shockingly, these penetration enhancers found in...

 

May 17, 2020 — Suneeta London
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Suneeta's Quarantine Essentials

Hi! This Sunday I'm going to go through the products that I picked up from the workshop recently to keep me going during quarantine. Some new and old favourites here! 

⬩ Organic Bamboo Toothbrush

It is recommended to change toothbrushes every few months, for hygiene reasons. It is shocking to think of how much environmental damage has been caused all the years we have been buying plastic toothbrushes in plastic packaging. 

Our bamboo toothbrushes were one of our first zero waste accessories that we stock as an alternative to plastic toothbrushes and remain one of my favourites. All the family use these toothbrushes and they are a staple in our house.

 

⬩ Firming Eye Cream

This is one half of our Eye Duo, which is the bestselling combination of our Aloe Vera Eye Gel and Firming Eye Cream, that work like a day cream and night cream for your eyes.

I topped up my Eye Cream in this workshop haul, because it is amazing for reducing the appearance of fine lines and stress under the eyes, which is... 

May 10, 2020 — Suneeta London
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Tips for a Relaxing Sunday Evening

Hi! As part of our Sunday self-care series, I'd like to talk about my seven-step guide to having the most relaxing Sunday evening, featuring my favourite Suneeta bath and skincare products

STEP ONE: Find a cotton headband and a comfy bathrobe

This is key as there's really nothing worse than getting nice and relaxed in the bath, only to get out and realise that you forgot your towel, have nothing to put on and have to dart to the bedroom, wet and shivering, to scramble for some PJs. That's a surefire way to undo your hard relaxation work!
While you do this you can also grab a bowl and spoon for mixing your face mask later, a flannel to remove it. You could ask members of your household not to disturb your relaxation in the bathroom.
Pop your headband on, then hang your towel and bathrobe somewhere handy! 

STEP TWO: Run a bath with Suneeta's Relaxing Bath Salts

I find these salts in particular to be so healing for the mind and body, which is especially important in these difficult times.

Bathing in sea salts and oils has many health and skincare benefits, all whilst improving circulation and relaxing the body...
April 26, 2020 — Suneeta London