Have you ever wondered what’s hiding in your hand and body soap? Often people give little to no thought of what they are putting on their skin daily. Some people think that all soaps are created equal. All soap is made to clean our body, right? Wrong! I’ve been there too. In my early 20’s I was diagnosed with a nasty case of Eczema that covered about 30-40 % of my body. I carried my Eczema with me almost my entire 20’s! Certain toxic commercial soaps and cleansers were regularly recommended by my growing number of my doctors. I thought these products were the answer to my skin issues. I figured that if a doctor was recommending it, then it must be safe! Sound familiar? I had no idea that the products I was using were toxic and contributing to my skin issues. Most of the soap sold in stores today (even soap marketed as natural) is loaded with toxic chemicals and detergents ( yes, the same toxic chemicals found in laundry detergent) that strip the moisture right out of our skin. So, we naturally think that we must use commercial products to re-moisturize it. When that doesn’t work, we try another product. It’s a vicious cycle. I started to think, maybe the issue wasn’t my skin. Maybe it’s the products that I’m using. Take a look at your soap ingredient labels. If the list is long and made up of things you can’t pronounce or have never heard of, you may want to consider making a switch.
Our skin is our body’s largest Organ. That’s right, folks, it’s an organ and it absorbs 60-70% of what we put on it in under a minute! So, you may be wondering where these toxic chemical’s go once they are absorbed by our skin. These toxins can enter your cells, skin tissue and muscles, and work their way to your bloodstream, eventually overwhelming your immune system and building up in various organs. These toxins can lead to a slew of issues after long repeated use. Natural and organic skincare products are gaining popularity and for good reason. What we put on our skin is important!
I did some digging and uncovered the top toxic chemical offenders that are found in most commercial soaps and cleansers.
- Fragrance- This is not regulated by the FDA. This means that companies are not required to list any of the ingredients that make up the fragrance. They commonly contain synthetic chemicals and toxins that have been linked to cancer, allergies, and have been linked to impacting the central nervous system.
- 1,4-Dioxane- A known contaminant found in most personal care products that create suds (such as soap, shampoo, and bubble bath). The FDA does not require this to be listed as an ingredient because it is classified as a contaminant. When trying to locate this on the ingredient list look for SLS, or chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth, and oleth. This chemical is a known Eye, and Respiratory tract irritant, and known to be a Breast carcinogen.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – A common soap ingredient that is used to produce your soaps lather. It bonds with ingredients in the soap, resulting in a carcinogenic (poison). This strips your skin of its natural oils and increases the penetration of chemicals (since your skin’s moisture acts as a natural protection barrier).
- Parabens (Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben)-Parabens are synthetic compounds commonly used as preservatives that can act as hormone disrupters by mimicking your bodies estrogen. This can lead to reproductive issues, an increased risk of breast cancer, as well as increase fat deposits.
- Urea (Diazolidinyl urea) – Used to act as a preservative, and a moisturizer. Ureas used in body care products are man-made and can release formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), and increase your risk of developing skin issues (such as contact dermatitis), allergies as well as cancer.
Here at Sarah’s Essentials, we are 100 % dedicated to providing you with 100 % chemical and toxic-free products. Unlike most commercial soap, our soap has NO hidden toxic ingredients and can be summed up in as little as 5 natural ingredients or less! Please, be aware of what you put on your skin and double-check those labels. Keep it natural, no junk!