Juicing, eating organic, going vegan…these trends are becoming second nature. We spend so much time making sure we eat clean…but are we extending that philosophy beyond what we injest to our personal hygiene products?
Just pick up any cosmetic in your bathroom and check out the ingredients. You will be assaulted with an unprounceable ingredient list of chemicals that you would never dream of putting in your mouth…and therein lies the problem!
Your skin is basically like a giant mouth that streches all over your body…more sponge that force-field. Hence why products like nicotine patches work – the nicotine is *absorbed* directly into your bloodstream through your skin.
A lot of the chemicals used to create our lotions and potions are likely to have minimal to no side-effects…but parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and petrochemicals are amongst the primary building blocks of most synthetic cosmetic products, and just a quick google search will show you that they have been linked to diseases ranging from breast cancer to endocrine dysfunction to birth defects.
Studies are being carried out all the time, and evidence is being compiled for us to truly understand as a society what is safe for use in the short, medium and long-term.
In the meantime, we are doing our own research, seeing which products in our toiletry arsenal can be replaced with healthier alternatives. It takes a lot of reading, trying to discern fact from scare-mongering, and it takes a lot of experimentation…and we are enjoying the learning and the process!
We know it is can be cost-prohibitive to switch to all-natural products, and we also appreciate that we have all come to expect a certain performance function from our cosmetics e.g. it is notoriously difficult to find an all-natural antiperspirant that is as effective as an off-the-shelf synthetic one…and smelling bad when you work in a people industry – even one where your product is sweat – is not a good thing!!
So we won’t get on our soap-box (pardon the pun!) and tell you to only bathe with goat’s milk and rub grass into your armpits.
We would however like you to join us in developing an awareness of what risks synthetic personal hygiene products can carry, and maybe explore a few alternatives. And if you find something that works great, drop us a line and let us know about it, either on email or Twitter. Let’s all help each other get as healthy as possible!