Free Your Toothpaste From SLS
If you have dry skin you probably already avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) in your skincare and haircare. And if not, you should. SLS is a foaming cleansing agent that is very good at dissolving oil and grime but is a known irritant. It has a place in your washing up liquid but not on your skin.
For years I had dry edges at my mouth and I couldn't figure out why when the rest of my facial skin was in good nick. I realised the SLS in toothpaste was having a drying effect on my skin and by simply swtiching to an SLS-free toothpaste I have sorted that problem out. I brush with Sensodyne Daily Care Original and I won't be going back.
If like me you make the switch, you may miss the foamy squeaky clean feeling you get from SLS, but your mouth is just as clean and you will get used to it. If not then do as my sister RC does and go for Sensodyne Daily Care Extra Fresh or follow up with an alcohol free mouthwash like Listerine Zero. Sensodyne is on sale right now at Tesco for £2 (usual price £3.50) and make your 75ml tube last longer by making sure your Dad doesn't use it because it's the closest to hand and use a metal tube squeezer key to get every last bit out.
And whether or not you do make the swtich, brush your teeth after you have cleansed and moisturised your face whether in the AM or the PM. That way you are not agitating any dry skin by the motion of brushing and you reduce any dryness you could get from your toothpaste. Always follow up straight away with your lip balm of choice paying attention to the edges of the mouth.