We all know that in most products we use, whether it is food or skin care products, there is a huge label on the back that is full of chemicals and ingredients, most of which we usually can not understand. However, most of the time we assume that because it was been approved and can be sold in the USA, that it must be safe. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
When I first started to make soaps, the biggest thing I wanted to understand is what all the chemicals in normal soap did to us. That way, I could tell the purest ingredients to include in my own soap, and leave all those harsh chemicals behind. The more I researched, the scarier it seemed to get.
I always preach how those other soaps people use are destroying their skin, and most people understand this but don't really know about just how much damage is actually being done by the products they use. Every time you put a product on your skin, whether it is soap or lotion, your pores absorb the chemicals in it. Not only does this mean that your absorbing a bunch of chemicals that will simply clog your pores, but you are not actually cleaning your body--more or less poisoning it.
So, below I have a list of chemicals that is included in most soap brands sold in store, along with what they actually do when they touch your skin.
-Triclosan: This is a chemical that is commonly found in toothpaste, deodorant, and now anti-bacterial soaps. However, when researched there are not too many benefits of what this chemical actually does. Upon more research (while trying to find actual benefits), I found out that this chemical actually messes with the normal functions of the reproductive system and thyroid glands.
-Parabens: If you have read any beauty products, from makeup to soap, a lot of them will include this ingredient. It is said that this is used in our products to prevent the growth of bacteria in our beauty products. However, the major thing parabens are known for is being found in breast cancer tumors. This is because this chemical actually mimics estrogen once in the body, and this leads to an increase chance of breast cancer.
-Synthetic colors: Everyone wants to look and smell pretty, but is it worth it just to have some color in your soap? Synthetic colors do not come from a magical rainbow, they are actually coming from coal and tar substances. However, if you go to Europe you will see that these synthetic colors are actually banned, simply because they are considered a human carcinogen. On top of all that, some believe that it can actually lead to ADHD in children.
-Formaldehyde: This is a chemical that can be found in toothpaste, body washes, children's vitamins and more. It sound pretty bad just when saying it, and the things it is doing to your body is just as bad! This chemical has been associated with occupational cancers like nasal cancer, and is also said to be the cause of a lot of skin allergies.
-Phthalates: This is a chemical that can be found in soap, hair products, and body washes. A lot of times, this chemical is mixed into their magical "perfume" scent that goes into the product, so that this chemical does not need to be listed on the ingredients. However, this chemical is a very dangerous one, causing endocrine disruptors and it has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females.
There are plenty more examples I can give you as far as chemical goes, but these are just a few of the more serious that bothered me. This is one of the main reasons I make sure all my soaps are made with pure ingredients, because I don't believe anyone should sell products that will harm their customers, whether their customers know it is being done or not.
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