You get lathered up in soap every day, and now you’re wondering why you should be lathered up on information about soap skin care. Here’s why: not all soaps constitute the same ingredients. The consumer’s definition of good soap is bounded by what it offers: hardness of the bar, lathering quality and moisturizing ability.
The above mentioned are completed by the ingredients composed in the production of the soap. However, the ingredients don’t only give you moisture and beautiful side effects; ingredients can poison what’s underneath our skin affecting the totality of our health and beauty.
Let this give you the benefit of the doubt. Here is the list of ingredients that are usually found in your soap:
· Synthetic Scents– Soaps may contain fragrances which are synthetic compounds that can lead to drying out or irritation of your skin. More so, fragrances can also be a triggering allergen that usually has hidden ingredients such as phthalates. Phthalates is a chemical linked to serious reproductive problems in studies of people and animals.
· Triethanolamine – is an ingredient common to branded soaps. Studies made by EWG say that this is one of the most toxic ingredients. This is a possible human carcinogen that is linked to other health problems. When this ingredient is present, three other chemicals also go along with this: sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, TEA-stearate and tocopherol. All these do not exempt from causing mild to serious health problems.
· Artificial Colors—These are mostly petroleum based chemicals. Be reminded that petroleum makes the skin porous and locks the skin’s pores, thus not allowing unnecessary substances in the skin to be excreted.
· PEG-6 and sodium PCA – These chemicals are usually found in cleansing bar soaps, they may contain harmful impurities that are linked with cancer to other health problems. PEG-6, in particular is known to be linked to breast cancer.
· Chemical surfactants–Sodium lauryl sulfate is usually added to increase the lather quality. According to, The Journal of The American College of Toxicology (ACT) in 1983, concentrations of sodium lauryl of as low as 0.5% could cause irritation. Here’s something to disturb you: Studies have shown that numerous soaps have concentrations of up to 30%. The ACT has reported this to be highly irritating and dangerous.
· Propylene Glycol – a common ingredient in soaps, is a penetration enhancer. All these previously mentioned can be further activated, stimulated and enhanced by propylene glycol. This chemical poses risks of other health concerns.
What we should be using for our skin should be bar soaps that are composed of vegetable oils, scented with essential oils and colored with herbs and plant extracts, not chemicals that moistens the skin but causes irritations and health problems to consumers!
These chemicals can be soothing and smoothening to the skin, but dangerous to the health. Go organic, and be assured that your beauty is taken care of inside and out.
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