Today I am going to ask you to swap a product which you (hopefully ;)) use everyday – Body wash or soaps.
Firstly you need to know your skin type – whether it is dry, oily, sensitive.. Next thumb rule that you need to establish is that you need to start to read the back of the products you purchase. The problem is most of the commercially available products we use have chemicals which are very harmful for the skin. I researched on some of these ingredients and here is some information that I found.
Parabens: A preservative (used in these products to prevent bacterial growth) has estrogen mimicking properties which (on prolonged use) messes up with your hormonal balance.
Formaldehyde: Also a preservative is known to be a carcinogen.
Phthalates: which is a binding agent , is also an endocrine disruptor. And the one which is most commonly used is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: a foam generating agent which also disrupts the cell membrane causing neurotoxicity and is bad for your respiratory system and kidneys.
Before we get into alternatives, we need to understand on a fundamental level as to why do we need to cleanse ourselves everyday?
We do it to remove pollutants, microbes, dead skin cells, extra sebum oil and make sure the pores are open and hydrated.
Simple, easy to available home alternatives for cleansing:
Lemon contains Citric acid and enzymes of citrus which kills bacteria and removes dead skin cells
Honey has Anti-microbial properties and Anti-oxidant properties which kills bacteria and keeps the skin hydrated
Curd contains lactic acid which kills bacteria & dead skin and the protein helps tighten skin pores and keeps them hydrated
Raw unpasteurised milk contains protease & lipase which kills oil-based as well as protein-based impurities and lactic acid which kills dead skin cells
For face application,
Oily skin – Mix 1tbsp of lemon and 2 tbsp of honey
Dry skin – Mix 1 tbsp of honey and 2 tbsp of raw milk
Normal skin – I have been using curd and it works just fine!
To cleanse your entire body, I have been using Khadi soaps (https://www.thekhadishop.com/). They are paraben free, reasonable and easily available (Khadi outlets, their site or Amazon). They have a lot of variety of soaps and after having tried quite a few of them, I can tell you my favourite one is Lemon-grass. Their soaps don’t produce as much foam as you would like, but that’s because they don’t have the amount of chemicals you are used to.
If there is anyone out there, still using chemically laden shower gels or soaps, please switch to organic chemical free products for at least your daily requirements like soap and face wash.
If there is anyone who uses another chemical free brand of soaps or face wash and you are happy with it, please do recommend. I am asking because although Khadi is paraben-free, there is a base element (which they add in all their products) which I am a little suspicious of because they don’t detail out the chemicals in the base and base quantity used.
But I can definitely say these soaps don’t rob my skin of their natural oils as compared to other commercially available brands.