05 Feb 5 Bathroom Ingredients That Are Messing with Your Health
Not long ago, there was a time when following the CTM routine was the absolute skincare routine, and grandma’s home remedies and tips and tricks were all the rage. Today, you’ll find tons of products to choose from for literally anything- acne, skin brightening, face washes and what not!
While these products do work out in most cases, they also silently deteriorate your physical self- and not just the skin, but lot lot more! Keep reading to know more- you might just want to ditch your personal care stash in your bathroom, and switch to organic and homemade stuff!
SLES and SLS
SLES and SLS stand for Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate respectively. These manage to sneak into almost everything in your bathroom- from shampoos and conditioners to soaps, body washes, toothpastes and even mouthwashes. SLS and SLES basically help improve the ability of the skin to absorb; but on the downside, this action causes more chemical and artificial substances being absorbed into the skin. Naturally, long term use of products containing these has been linked to skin irritation.
Tip: It may be hard to find products that don’t contain these, but you may want to keep track of other additional ingredients that the product has- the lesser, the better, since that’ll decrease the amount of chemicals getting absorbed into your skin.
Phthalates are mostly found in lipsticks, blushes, eyeliners, fingernail products, perfumes and deodorants, hair coloring products and other makeup essentials. These compounds are extremely dangerous, and have been blamed for everything from reproductive toxicity and bioaccumulation (in both humans and animals) to even cancer! Infact, a study conducted by the CDC found that every single participant actually had phthalates present in their body! In addition, it was also found that women of the child-bearing age are more susceptible to be affected by the negative impacts of phthalate exposure.
Tip: Ditch products that have ‘added fragrance’ mentioned on their label. Choose products that contain essential oils as the fragrance instead.
EDTA stands for Ethylenediaminetetracetic Acid, and is the perfect example of ‘if you can’t spell it, stay away from it’ rule. This compound makes an appearance in many skincare products, soaps and shampoos and other cleaning products in your bathroom. EDTA is well known as a skin irritant, and is often linked to allergic reaction and seborrheic dermatitis. The health impacts associated with its prolonged use include kidney damage and reproductive and fetal defects.
Tip: Stick to using natural cleaning agents, or look for organic products that do not have EDTA as an ingredient.
Remember those bottles of insects and amphibians preserved in glass jars in your science class? The gross liquid that was used for their preservation is nothing but formaldehyde, and naturally, its preservation properties make for an important reason why they are added to many personal care and cosmetic products. Formaldehyde is also a well known carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agent.
Tip: Avoid using products that have Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl urea, Dimethyl-dimethyl hydantoin, and Quaternium-15 on their labels.
Propylene Glycol is mostly found in lotions and moisturizers, and while it is generally recognized as safe for use, many safety reports advise avoiding its contact with the skin. This is because, apart from being a skin irritant, it is also a major cause of contact dermatitis and other allergies. In some studies, it was also found to inhibit the growth of cells, and cause surface damage.
Tip: Stick to using homemade moisturizers and lotions- milk cream, aloe vera gel, shea butter and other natural products. You could also try your hand at some super easy DIY homemade moisturizer recipes.