Unfortunately, the journey to find the perfect product regiment can sometimes cause unfortunate allergic reactions, rashes, and worsening of prior ailments like acne and eczema. Sometimes, negative reactions can be due to added chemicals within commercial skin care soap. For some of those that suffer from negative reactions caused by harmful chemical products, all natural soaps may provide a more soothing experience.
The Problem with Chemicals and Skin
Most commercial soaps are made from a concoction of chemicals that can be toxic and irritating to certain skin conditions. Additionally, a significant amount of chemicals common in commercial soaps are used in processes outside of skin care. Due to their chemical compositions, most soap can’t even be classified as soap. Instead, they are considered chemical detergents.
For instance, take a look at some of these harmful chemicals found in soap, and their effects and uses:
Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium Laurel Sulfate (or SLS) is found in just over 90% of personal care products, and is a primary ingredient in a multitude of soaps. SLS has been linked to organ toxicity, hormonal disruption, neurotoxicity, and certain cancers. It can also cause skin irritation, hair loss, and damage cell membranes, making you more susceptible to serious diseases. SLS is a nasty little chemical that helps products foam up and give them body. It is also an active ingredient in garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. When you’re looking to buy personal care products, try to steer clear of SLS.
The state of California classifies Dioxane as carcinogenic, and it “is known to the State of California to cause cancer.” It is toxic to the brain, liver and kidneys. Dioxane is defined as a contaminant byproduct of the ethoxylation process. Because of this, you most likely won't see Dioxane listed on product labels. Instead, you’ll see myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, or oxynol. If you see any of these ingredients listed, then find another care product.
Triclosan is a known hormone disruptor that is also used as an active ingredient in popular pesticides and personal care products. It is used in soap to get rid of potentially dangerous bacteria that collects on skin. Triclosan can cause dangerous hormonal disruptions, and can increase a woman’s likelihood of contracting breast cancer. It can be transmitted through breast milk, and can damage major organs and cause birth defects. Triclosan is also an active ingredient in chloroform gas, which can be weaponized to cause unconsciousness and death.
Parabens are widely used in commercial personal care products as a way to preserve the products and extend their shelf lives. Parabens like methylparaben and propylparaben mimic the hormone estrogen, and have been found to increase a woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer, and are commonly detected in human breast tumors. They can also cause neurological problems by way of nervous toxicity.
When shopping for soap, we suggest staying clear of the chemicals above. The risks associated with their use far outweigh the hygienic benefits.
All Natural Soap Works without Chemicals
A common misconception is that natural soap doesn’t clean as well as major commercials soaps. That is patently false. Many consumers confuse being clean with being fragrant. Commercial soaps and detergents use added chemicals to enhance their fragrance. While they will leave you smelling nice, they also leave a think residue of unhealthy chemicals on your skin.
Organic soap made with natural ingredients is far less irritating to skin, and does not cause any long tern negative effects. Natural soap works by cleaning your body and nourishing your skin with essential vitamins and minerals. Most natural soap contains glycerin – a natural product extracted from vegetable oil. Glycerin is absorbed into the skin and moisturizes skin all day. Eucalyptus is often added for its anti-bacterial properties, which naturally disinfects skin. Other naturally occurring ingredients are then added for fragrance, like cinnamon, mint, and lavender oil.
Natural soaps work by gently exfoliating your skin and nurturing it with essential vitamins and minerals. When looking for a natural soap, look for one with ingredients that you understand. Stay away from a product label that sounds like a science experiment to avoid harmful chemical additives.
Look for Vitamins that Nourish Your Skin
When buying soap, consumers often focus on the fragrance and feeling a product provides and forget to consider how well it nourishes their skin. Ask yourself this: do you know which vitamins and minerals help create healthy, radiant skin? If not, we can help!
The epidermis (skin) is the largest organ in the human body, and it endures more wear and tear than any other organ. Due to this, your skin needs extra protection from the elements with essential vitamins and minerals. For instance, Vitamin A and D help repair damaged skin, and keep it moisturized to avoid cracking and flaking. Additionally, vitamin A promotes skin cell growth, and inhibits the creation of unhealthy oils.
Vitamins C and E help protect skin from the damage caused by extended exposure to the sun, and are powerful antioxidants. Vitamins C and E also give skin a tight, youthful appearance. When buying an all natural soap, look for the above vitamins to ensure that you’re properly caring for your skin.