Is Natural REALLY Better? June 05 2017
We can't stress enough, YES, YES, YES! What you put ON your body, is just as important as what you put into your body. While it's absolutely important to pay special attention to the foods you eat (especially in today's GMO-laden world!), it's just as important to pay attention to the products you're putting on your body.
Your skin absorbs almost everything that's put on it. Notice how your lotion all of a sudden disappears when you rub it in? It's going INTO your body. So whatever is in that lotion is going into your body. While we're not here to educate about parabens and phthalates and all sorts of other nasties, let's just say, you DON'T want them in your body! They're toxic and numerous chemicals have now been linked to cancers, neurological issues, reproductive issues, and so many other health issues. So it's KEY to KNOW what's in your products!
So to answer the question, yes, natural IS better! But beware of the word "natural" on labels. A product label can say "natural" yet still contain harmful ingredients. Say what?? When it comes to cosmetics and skin care, no one regulates what the word "natural" and even "organic" means. Afterall, arsenic and radon are natural but very harmful. Many skin care companies aren't even required by law to list their ingredients on the label. This makes for very confusing shopping at times. So here's a few tips:
1) Can you Pronounce It? If not, then you probably don't want it on your body.
2) Look for Botanical Names: While their latin names may be hard to pronounce, look for the names of fruits, nuts, seed oils and extracts. This is usually an indication of a more natural product (but still beware of Tip #3)
3) Beware of LETTERS AND NUMBERS: Ingredients that have letters and numbers should be a warning sign. They usually stand for a much longer, chemical name, which means you probably want to stay away from it. Examples of this are DEET, PABA, TEA, 1,4 Dioxane and SLS.
4) When in doubt, check out EWG's Skin Deep Database. There you can search a database of thousands of ingredients and brand names. Information about each ingredient is listed, along with EWG's numerical safety rating. It's a wonderful resource!
5) Here is a very short list of definite ingredients to avoid: talc, toluene, triclosan, PEG, SLS/SLES (sodium lauryl sulfate), phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, oxybenzone, fragrance/parfum, formaldehyde, DEA/TEA, 1-4 dioxane (avoid all ingredients with the word eth), artificial color and number names (ie: FD&C Red. No. 6)
Here at Mindful Soap, you can be sure you'll always be getting REAL natural products with ingredients that come straight from nature! And if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us!