Your skin is undoubtedly the largest organ on your body which is continuously engaged in fulfilling a key responsibility. The duty for it to alone defend all the other internal organs of your body by fighting against external threats and harmful substances.
This gives rise to something important. As much as your skin is trying to endure this duty and fulfill its commitment towards you, you too have an essentially similar responsibility towards your skin.
And this is about taking its proper care as much as possible in the best and most appropriate manner.
One of the preliminary steps in this regard is to use a reliable and trustable soap for cleaning your body. However, it is important to understand that not all soaps consist of skin-friendly ingredients. Many commercial soaps that you come across while roaming down the skin care products aisle in a supermarket have components that are prone to doing more harm than good to your skin.
To understand this better, consider the following real-life example.
Have you ever thought about why your skin reacts or feels different after using a different soap in some hotel or office toilet, etc. Well, the answer to this is simple and the very same as mentioned earlier in this article –
“Not all soaps are made the same way or contain skin-friendly ingredients”.
In this article, we take a brief look at some harmful chemicals, parabens, and toxic ingredients in bar soap that you need to avoid at all costs.
Understanding the harmful ingredients commonly found in soaps
The below-compiled list mentions 5 harmful ingredients and/or classes of ingredients that you need to carefully watch out for before buying any soap the next time.
1 # Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a well-known surfactant and detergent, commonly used in most personal care and cleaning products including soaps.
Being a surfactant means that SLS influences any surface that it encounters. While it is banned in many countries, its limited use in certain quantities and in some products only is still allowed in some places.
Upon encountering your skin, SLS is prone to penetrate inside your body through your skin pores. This can cause skin diseases and irritation.
People with sensitive skin types should either altogether avoid or restrict the use of products containing SLS as much as possible. Still, its limited use, when needed, doesn’t cause much harm if immediately washed away with water thoroughly.
2 # 1,4 Dioxane
1,4 Dioxane is second amongst our list of harmful chemicals in soaps – more precisely commercial soaps. It is a colorless liquid compound and is used as a solvent.
Long and uninterrupted exposure to 1,4 Dioxane can cause skin irritation, as well as drowsiness, headache, eye irritation, anorexia, etc.
3 # Triclosan
Triclosan is another dangerous ingredient used in commercial soap bar manufacturing. It is a pesticide with properties to act as an antibacterial and antifungal agent.
Regarding its use on the skin, it is known to cause lung, skin, and eye irritation.
4 # Urea
Certain types of urea used in commercial soap manufacturing have very high toxicity levels. This renders them significantly hazardous for human consumption in any manner.
Besides causing skin irritation, certain chemicals released by urea are also harmful to the environment.
5 # Parabens
The last one on our list of toxic ingredients in bar soap are parabens. These are a class of preservatives used in bar soaps and help prevent the formation of bacteria and mold.
Parabens in soaps are known to react, alter, and disrupt the normal functioning of natural hormones in your body.
How does “Art of Soaps” only use natural, safe, ethically sourced, and vegan ingredients?
While the above list of toxic ingredients in bar soap may be limited to five ingredients only, we believe that knowing about these only is enough to suggest the level of risk that you are subjecting your skin to by using commercial soap bars.
However, our aim here is to only make you realize this important fact without scaring or making you feel terrible. Therefore, why not consider switching to the very best and only 100 percent natural and organically inspired natural homemade soap bars from ‘Art of Soaps’.
Our natural soap bars are great for every skin type, especially sensitive skin. Being unscented and having no fragrance or coloring at all, our handmade soap bars are precisely crafted for people with sensitive skin types.
Either use it as a toilet soap or wash your entire body from head to toe, the natural ingredients in our organic soap bars guarantee to naturally nourish your body in the manner that it deserves. And above all, our handmade natural soap bars do not cause any skin irritation or reaction as well.