How many different chemical based household and body cleaning products does your home boast? Investigating the ingredients of skin care, body care and cleaning products has been a passion of mine for some time now, and I think it’s time that we all became aware of the chemicals we are exposing ourselves to on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at skin care products to begin with. Many of us are unaware that our skin is not only our largest organ, but also the largest absorptive surface on our bodies. A daily skin care routine might begin with soap or body wash in the shower, a face wash, followed by body and face moisturiser, make up (if you are a wearer of makeup), deodorant and perhaps perfume. Aside from the soap and body wash, all of these chemicals sit on our skin all day absorbing into our bodies, until we have our next shower and start the process all over again.
Once we become aware of how well our skin absorbs the chemicals applied to it, and also consider our daily skin care regime, it starts to become apparent just how important it is to avoid nasty chemicals and stick to natural products for our skin. Some of the main nasties to avoid are Propylene Glycol, as this is a known carcinogenic along with SLS, sodium laurel sulphate, sodium laureth sulphate and ammonium lauryl sulphate, which work as foaming agents in shampoos, soaps, and toothpaste, phthalates in nail polish and perfumes, and butalayted hydroxianisole in make-up. Actually, if you can’t say the name, you don’t know what it is; you probably don’t want to put it on your skin. Now, this all sounds like lots of bad news, because we all like to look and smell nice and our skin care products help us do that. So here’s the good news: there are plenty of safe alternatives to keep you smelling lovely, fresh faced and ready for your day. We have many safe and beautiful skin care products for you to choose from including fluoride free toothpaste, aluminium free deodorants, lovely skin creams made with all natural ingredients and a great range of safe makeups. Check out brands such as Diane Caine’s Yoh, Ookoo, Nutter, and Ha Ha for great, safe skin care and cleaning products. Other fantastic skin care can be found in the Australian Bush Flower range, Lavera makeup and the Moogoo range. Ask our staff which one is their favourite, or try a sample if available and you will see that natural skin care also means beautiful skin care.
Household cleaning products can also be an unnecessary source of toxins for your family. Not only do they supply your home with many harmful chemicals, but they may also remove some of the bugs that are actually necessary for our good health. Our media would have us believe that we are under constant threat from the nasty germs hanging around our houses, ready to attack our loved ones and send them straight to the hospital should we not keep a spotless, sterile home. This idea couldn’t be further from the truth.
Researchers are now showing that our fear of germs may be what causes our children’s immune systems to malfunction and be behind the rise in illnesses such as asthma, eczema and hayfever. Whilst, cleanliness and hygiene are certainly important, the eradication of all germs in your house is not only unnecessary, but may actually be detrimental to yours and your family’s health. Using common sense and natural cleaning agents is likely the best way to ensure the health and safety of your family. Make the switch to natural cleaners such as bicarb soda and essential oils for all surfaces and bathrooms – your house will also smell beautiful! Try using soap nuts in your laundry – see the soap nuts website for ideas on how you can use this safe, natural cleaner around your house www.soapnutssindhiya.com.au or come and check out our range of eco-friendly, low reactive cleaning agents. Make sure you keep your home and your family free from the nasty effects of toxic cleaning products by using safe alternatives!