When we walk down an aisle in the store and smell the scents of attractive bath products, it is very tempting to pick one up and put it into the cart. The question is, do we know what we’re bathing in and why does it matter?
Let’s Get To Know Our Skin
Our skin is one of our largest organs; always under constant stress protecting us from the harsh environment and from various microorganisms that try to penetrate our skin. It has a thin protective layer on its surface referred to as the acid mantle layer, which helps to maintain the skin's pH level. Our skin ideally should be slightly acidic at about pH 5.5. This pH is one of our most important innate defense mechanism and anything that we put on our skin may potentially strip this mantle layer off and may results in dermatological conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and rosacea, amongst others.
Another important thing to note is that our skin is porous and absorbent, thus often what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our system. This can lead to various health conditions that can be worrying in the long haul. We are frequently exposed to so many different chemicals around us everyday that we cannot escape from. As such, it is important to try to limit the amount of chemicals that we consciously put on our skin daily.
Babies often enjoy bubble baths while playing with their little ships or rubber ducks. Then as a child, remember how Mum used to call out to you - “Time to take a bath!” For some, taking a shower is just to clean up, others to feel refreshed. Then of course, there are luxurious baths in stylish spa-like settings for that rejuvenating experience. Whether you’re soaking up in a tub or enjoying a cascading rain shower, we give you the low-down on what to look out for when selecting your bath essentials. In this case, ignorance is not bliss.
1. Know what’s in your products
The first glance at the ingredient list on a product label may seem daunting, we’re not even talking about pronouncing those items. Anything that reads parabens, ethanolamines (TEA, DEA), cocamide DEA, sodium laureth sulfate, fragrances or artificial colouring should be avoided.
Triclosan commonly found in anti-bacterial soaps and body washes is now under scrutiny because recent animal studies have found that it can alter hormone regulation and may increase the risk of cancer. Triclosan have also exhibited potential antibiotic-resistance in studies involving microorganisms. Although no known adverse long-term effects have yet to be identified in humans, it is best to remain cautious and recently prompted personal care brand giants to eliminate triclosan from their productHandmade soaps are made from vegetable oils and butters that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients that will nourish your skin. Glycerin created during the handmade process is a precious emollient that maintains water balance by attracting moisture to the skin, keeping it soft and well- hydrated. Be on the lookout for organic or vegan beauty products made from natural ingredients that are not just good for you but good for the Earth. Time to say goodbye to these nasty, synthetic toxins!
2. Choose cruelty-free products
When on the lookout for bath products, I always make sure to purchase cruelty-free products. Happy animal, happy me! Cruelty-free means that the products were not tested on animals. I firmly believe that no animal should be harmed in the way of vanity and that is why I am so excited that there are now various artisan soaps and bath products available in the market that are cruelty-free and handmade with love and care.
Handmade soaps are made from vegetable oils and butters that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients that will nourish your skin. Glycerin created during the handmade process is a precious emollient that maintains water balance by attracting moisture to the skin, keeping it soft and well-hydrated. Be on the lookout for organic or vegan beauty products made from natural ingredients that are not just good for you but good for the Earth.
3. Think of the impact on our eco-system
There was a recent debate on the ban of microbeads commonly found in our facial and body scrubs which gives it a grainy texture for exfoliation. It is made up of non-biodegradable minute beads that gets wash down our bathroom drains, too small to be filtered and eventually ends up in the ocean causing an ecological nightmare! Choose a natural scrub made up of organic coffee grains or make your own lavender sugar scrub – these work great as exfoliants and improves your lymphatic circulation leaving you with smooth, glowing skin!