Are we too clean?
Is our crusade to have healthy skin causing us to cleanse ever more frequently?
Is lathering up with a decadent body wash really the guilt-free indulgence we once thought it was?
And what repercussions – if any – do our cravings for cleanliness and healthy skin really have?
The question is, are there beauty implications in over-cleansing?
- Stripping our hair of its natural oil
- Damaging our skin’s protective properties
- Upsetting the delicate micro-flora in our skin’s biome
Since World War II, more than 80,000 synthetic chemicals have been introduced to our society, with 40 million tonnes manufactured worldwide. Interestingly, we seem to be far more susceptible to allergies and autoimmune diseases nowadays.
The simple fact is, we are living in a chemical soup – from our environment right down to the safe haven of our homes.
The question consumers should be asking is, do we really know what ingredients are in our personal care products, and what are the best body wash ingredients that we can use?
One of the biggest culprits are surfactant chemical compounds, which are responsible for that luscious foam found in our body washes.
Traditionally, surfactants were derived from petrochemicals and although biodegradable, they were tough to break down.
The concentrations of these foaming agents in sewerage plants and ground water may be tiny, but their long-term consequences are still not known.
For those who are looking for the best body wash ingredients, there are sulfate-free shampoo products available that are free of the controversial ingredient Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).
BEST BODY WASH
Below, I have put together a list of some of the best body wash ingredients you may want to consider if natural is the way you want to go.
All of these ingredients are derived from natural sources, such as coconut oil and sugar, helping to protect the health of your skin.
Detergents: Alpha and Beta sugar are some of the safest bath and body wash ingredients.
They do the same job as their chemical counterparts; helping to release surface tension and loosening oil and dirt, whilst still being mild and kind to the skin.
Fat-restoring Agent Omega: This is one of the best body wash ingredients for dry skin; naturally replacing necessary essential fats in the hair and scalp.
PH-Regulating Ingredient: Lactic acid naturally balances the pH of a product, so that it matches the pH balance of our skin. It is a very effective body wash ingredient, which gently sloughs away dead skin cells.
THE NAKED TRUTH
Whilst these damaging ingredients may have lost their lustre, there are psychological reasons why we enjoy the art of cleansing.
Massaging shampoo into our hair and skin actually stimulates the production of endorphins, which gives us a sense of wellbeing.
So, for all the things that we berate ourselves for in life, surely being clean shouldn’t be one of them?
We just need to educate ourselves on what the best body wash ingredients are for our skin, and start using them.
Helping to protect not only our health, but also the health of our planet.