We all know that the skin is the body’s largest organ, but have you ever stopped to think about what this really means – especially when it comes to all the body washes, creams, and lotions that you put on your skin every single day?
It’s estimated that the skin absorbs anywhere between 60% to 70% of whatever we put on it, which means that the beauty and skincare products that we slather onto our skins are absorbed into our bloodstream and tissues, where they can have an impact on our overall health. It’s a scary thought! A few of the most common harmful ingredients found in skincare and household products (that you come into contact with on a daily basis – you just need to check the back of your shampoo bottle or moisturiser for proof) include sodium lauryl sulphate, phthalates, parabens, alluminium, fragrances, and many, many more.
If knowing this isn’t enough to get you to ditch mainstream products that contain harsh chemicals for good, here are our top 5 reasons to switch to natural beauty products:
Natural products are better for sensitive skins and may help to prevent allergic reactions
Since natural beauty products don’t contain irritating ingredients like sodium lauryl sulphate or synthetic fragrances, they are far less likely to disrupt the skin’s natural barrier function, which would typically result in irritation or inflammation.
Opting for natural beauty products may help prevent cancer
Although no one can say for certain that beauty products contain carcinogenic ingredients, researchers have identified that many preserving agents in beauty products are known endocrine disruptors, which means that they toy with the body’s balance of hormones. One incredibly well known example? Parabens. Parabens mimic oestrogen, and high levels of oestrogen in the body are often linked to incidences of breast cancer. Scarily enough, you’ll find parabens listed in almost every single beauty product on shelf in your supermarket.
Natural products are better for the environment
Have you ever stopped to think about what happens to the chemicals contained in your body wash or shampoo once they’ve been washed down the drain? Not only do the harsh chemicals contained in many beauty products have an effect on your skin, but they also inevitably end up in the wastewater system and – eventually – back in streams, rivers, and oceans where they have an impact on marine life as well.
Most truly natural beauty products are cruelty-free
Unfortunately, the vast majority of mainstream beauty and cosmetic brands still perform animal testing, whether they do the testing themselves or pay a third party to do so on their behalf. Any beauty or cosmetic brand that is available for purchase in China undergoes animal testing. When you purchase natural, locally produced skincare products, like Body Treats, you can rest assured that your beauty and skincare products are 100% cruelty-free. (Body Treats has been endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty and our products are also vegan-friendly).
Natural beauty products are better for the environment
It’s no secret that the widespread use of palm oil in beauty products and cosmetics has a devastating effect on the environment, resulting in deforestation and endangering the lives of many animals, such as elephants and orangutans.
Switching to natural beauty products may seem like a small step towards living a greener lifestyle, but it can have a massive impact over time. Not only are you helping to reduce waste and limiting the amount of harsh chemicals that end up in the wastewater system, but you are also making a lasting difference in the future of the beauty industry. With every natural beauty product that you buy, you are voting ‘yes’ for more natural, organic and sustainable products in going forward. Soon, the beauty industry will start to take note and there’ll be even more natural beauty options to choose from (in fact, the increase in the number of natural beauty brands in SA over the past year or two is proof that this is already happening).