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Using Sulfate-Free And SLS/SLES Products For Children And Dogs

Using Sulfate-Free And SLS/SLES Products For Children And Dogs

Your skin is your largest organ. That goes for kids and dogs too. Many ingredients that are used topically, such as shampoos and soaps, are absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin. That’s why it’s so important to use safe, non-toxic products. Because children and dogs may have more sensitive, permeable skin than adults, it’s especially important to check the ingredients in their cleansing products. Sulfates are common additives that you may want to avoid.

1. What Are Sulfates

Sulfates are surfactants. They attract oil and water, which means that they can remove grease, grime, and dirt from hair, skin, and fur. The dirty molecules become suspended and locked within the water droplets. As the water droplets are rinsed away, they take the dirt with them.

2. Types of Sulfates

There are many types of sulfates. However, the two that you may want to avoid in your kids’ and dogs’ skincare products are:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate: Known as SLS. This ingredient is usually made from petroleum or palm oil. It’s a common ingredient in household cleaners and bath products.
  • Sodium Laureth sulfate: Known as SLES. This surfactant is derived from coconut oil. As it undergoes a process of ethoxylation, SLES can become contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogen. It’s impossible to know whether companies use vacuum technology to remove this contaminant. Still, SLES is considered to be less harsh on the skin and hair than SLS.

3. Are Sulfates Bad for You?

Although sulfates help you get clean, they don’t have the best reputation. Some reasons that sulfates in skincare products are a concern include:

  • Irritation: Sulfates are known irritants. Sensitivity, redness, and discomfort can develop in proportion to the concentration of the ingredient. The chance of irritation increases with the amount of time that the product sits on the skin.
  • Inflammation: This ingredient causes water loss in the outer layer of the skin and can lead to inflammation.
  • Dryness: Sulfates are so good at their job that they can strip hair and skin of their natural oils, leading to dryness, flakiness, or irritation.
  • Follicle damage: While it is clear that sulfates can form deposits on the hair follicles, it’s not clear if those deposits contribute to hair loss. Some people avoid sulfates just in case.

Some people avoid sulfates because they’re harmful to the environment. They increase soil and water acidification. Also, sodium lauryl sulfate that is derived from palm oil may contribute to the destruction of essential natural resources.

4. Should You Use SLS/SLES on Kids and Pets?

In conclusion, SLS and SLES have gotten a bad reputation. But, products that are SLS and SLES free are gentler on your children and furry family members. 

Dogs groom themselves using their tongues. Therefore, anything that you use on their fur will eventually make its way into their mouths. Avoiding SLS and SLES in their bath products helps provide peace of mind, and helps decrease the risk of developing dry, irritated skin.

And, if you have ever tried to bathe a child, you know all about the potential eye irritation that can happen. Shampoos are bound to get into your kids’ eyes and mouths at times. Using gentler products keeps irritants out of their sensitive areas.

Lastly, shampoos must have surfactants in them in order to work. Those that contain SLS and SLES often have concentrations of sulfates between 10 and 25 percent. So, you can choose skincare products with other, less harmful, types of surfactants. These tend to be easier on your little ones’ delicate hair and skin. SLS/SLES-free products can also leave hair shinier, healthier  and easier to manage. Whether your daily routine involves brushing out toddler tangles or grooming your pooch, using sulfate-free products infused with natural ingredients can be the best option to choose!

Sources

https://www.cleaninginstitute.org/understanding-products/science-soap/chemistry-cleaning

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02261391

https://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/ethoxylated-ingredients/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327013

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20634505/

https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources/sulfate-and-health

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/which-everyday-products-contain-palm-oil

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/sulfates#safety

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Ways to Prevent your Dog from Dry Skin and Discomfort

Ways to Prevent your Dog from Dry Skin and Discomfort

Dogs have delicate skin so skin irritation should concern you. If a dog scratches more than usual, it could be a cause for concern. One of the most common issues dogs and puppies may have is dry skin, which can cause severe and prolonged discomfort. So, it is prudent to prevent your dog from having dry skin in advance by taking excellent care of your dog by using gentle grooming products and feeding them a nutritious diet.

Since your dog relies on you for their health needs, you are responsible for your pets’ health. Dry skin may not seem like a serious health problem, however, it can lead to a more severe condition if not addressed in a timely way. While it is normal for dogs to scratch their skin, it can indicate the possibility of an underlying condition if dogs scratch themselves constantly. Here are some tips on how to prevent dry skin on your dog and how you can help prevent it from becoming an ongoing issue that gets worse over time, such as a bacterial or fungal infection.

Chief Causes of Dry Skin: Lack of Good Nutrition

If your dog is malnourished they will likely have dry skin. Good nutrition is important for a pets’ longevity and quality of life. By providing the highest quality food, you can make a direct difference in your pet’s health. Quality is the key word here - quality of ingredients that go into making your dog’s or puppy’s food. The old saying “You are what you eat” applies to our pets in the same way it does for people. Better quality foods, made with better quality ingredients, provides a better quality of life. This results in fewer skin conditions, less itching, fewer ear infections, shinier coats, less inflammatory bowel disease, better muscling and muscle tone, stronger bones, more energy, better temperament and other immediate physical benefits of better nutrition. Dogs are happier and feel better overall when they get the best nutrition available, which provides a boost to their immune system and puts less stress on their kidneys and liver. Since skin is a dog’s largest organ, it is important to provide a nutrient rich diet to keep skin balanced and hydrated.

2. Skin Sensitivity

Many dogs have sensitive skin. Depending on the species and age of your dog, skin may be between 12 - 24% of their body weight, so it is important to maintain the natural skin oil and moisture balance on a dog’s skin. Your pup’s skin does many things - it provides a protective barrier against the elements, regulates temperature, and gives your dog its sense of touch. So it is no wonder that factors like the environment, parasites such as fleas and ticks, and products used on your dog can affect their skin’s health. If your dog has signs of dry, itchy, cracked and inflamed skin, it is important to find out why. Check for food allergies, environmental causes, and grooming product allergies. Sometimes healing a dog's dry skin is as easy as changing their diet or switching to a gentle, plant-based, sulfate-free dog or puppy shampoo. It is advisable to consult your veterinarian to help you identify the root cause of your dog’s skin allergy so you can treat and cure your dog’s dry skin.

3. An Underlying Disease

Your dog is likely to suffer excessive itchiness and skin dryness if there is an underlying disorder. Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease are among the chief causes of dry skin in dogs. These illnesses can also cause hair loss, leaving the skin vulnerable to insect bites and harsh weather conditions. Consult your vet immediately to determine whether there is an underlying condition that is causing your dog’s dry, cracked, and flaky skin.

4. Constant And Vigorous Bathing And Harsh Grooming Products

While bathing your dog is essential to their overall health, doing it too often can lead to dry skin. Every breed is different and it is important to research what is best for the breed you have. Also, lifestyle factors are important to consider as inside dogs need to be bathed less often than outdoor dogs. When bathing your dog or puppy, always use an eco-friendly dog shampoo made with natural ingredients to help prevent dry skin issues. Look for dog shampoos that are PEG free, Paraben free, DEA free, SLS and SLES free (sulfates), and phthalate free. Also, many artificial fragrances can contain harsh ingredients that irritate and dry out delicate dog skin. So choose naturally fragranced grooming products for your dogs and puppies, scented with pure and natural essential oils. 

5. Attacks From Parasites

Dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages are vulnerable to parasites. Bites from parasites are a common cause of skin dryness. They can cause severe irritation, itchiness and damage the skin, leading to open sores that can become infected quickly, or gradually, over time. Your veterinarian can help you pinpoint the root cause of skin irritation and itchiness and advise you on the best remedy for your dog or puppy to treat fleas, ticks, dog mites, mange and other pests.

6. Skin Infections

Skin infections range from fungal to bacterial, and can have a dire impact on a dog’s or puppy’s overall health. Skin infections can cause severe discomfort, itchiness, and illness. Some signs of dog skin infections can be pimple-like pustules, dry patches of flaking skin, crusted skin, alopecia (hair loss), infected hair follicles, and seeping blood or pus. If you suspect your dog is suffering from a skin infection, it is important to visit your veterinarian to get treatment for your dog. 

A dog’s skin health is very important to their overall well-being. Preventing dry skin on your dog is critical and is well worth the time and investment. By following these helpful tips to support your dog or puppy’s skin health, you can help ensure your pets well-being, safety and comfort all year round and throughout their lifetime. 

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Adopt a Dog Month

Adopt a Dog Month

There seems to be a day or a month for celebrating something all the time. For example, last month there was National Hamburger Day and National French Fry Day. Does anybody really celebrate those? Maybe, maybe not, but there are plenty of other "national" days and months that people do celebrate. October just happens to be National Adopt a Dog Month, and we couldn't agree more that it's a noble cause and a worthy month to celebrate!

What Exactly Is Adopt a Dog Month?

So glad you asked! This is the month where thousands of animal shelters promote the adoption of the available dogs they are sheltering and caring for. All these wonderful dogs need a good home. Otherwise, they remain in the shelter, until someone decides to adopt them. If you have thought about getting a puppy or dog recently (and who in the last year and a half hasn't!), you can consider doing your part this October by finding your future canine buddy at a shelter and bringing him or her home. These dogs and puppies are so eager to find their forever homes and will be forever grateful to you for becoming their pet parent. 

If You Can't Bring Home a Furry Friend, You Can Still Help Out

Sometimes it isn't feasible to adopt a dog, even when you really want to. Maybe your apartment building or landlord doesn't allow it, or maybe there are other reasons like frequent and prolonged travels for work, where you will be away from your home for an extended period of time. Whatever the reason, you can still help support animal shelters by making a monetary donation. You can also help spread the word about Dog Adoption Month and puppy adoption events by telling your friends, family, and co-workers about Adopt a Dog events at nearby dog shelters.

Become a Foster Parent

Maybe you aren't sure what kind of dog to adopt, or whether or not a full-time family dog is right for you. You can help shelters by volunteering to become a foster parent for dogs! This is an especially sweet arrangement as you help dogs transition back into homes with families, and you get to see if adopting a dog is right for you, as well as the opportunity to learn about what kind of dog would fit best in your home. Becoming a foster home for dogs requires some paperwork, a background check, and a visit by shelter staff to make sure your home is safe for pups of all ages to reside in temporarily. Once approved, you can take on one or more dogs at a time to foster and even train. When someone applies to adopt one of your fosters, the dog goes back to the shelter to go to a "furrever" home.
 
Finally, one other way you can help this October is by donating your time and resources to feeding and spending time with the dogs, of all ages, breeds, and sizes, at the shelter. Sit down for a few words with the shelter director about becoming a volunteer. Volunteers clean kennels, walk dogs, play with dogs, etc. You can have all the fun of being a dog owner without the responsibility of having a dog to care for at home while you are away.

Products You Will Need to Adopt a Dog and Products You Can Donate to the Shelter

Dogs need as much care as humans. Besides food and water, dogs need bath products, toys, grooming products, pet stain removal products, and urine and odor control sprays. If you adopt a shelter dog, you will need all of the above products to care for your pooch. If you volunteer time or resources at a shelter, the shelter can use these products as well. Some of the best products for all of the above can be found at BarkLogic. We happily promote National Adopt a Dog Month by supporting and donating to shelters and pet owners around the country. Our pet care products are made with natural ingredients, are puppy and child-safe, and are Vegan and Cruelty-Free. All BarkLogic products are manufactured here in the U.S.A. using the highest quality domestically and globally sourced ingredients.

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