In my quest to avoid pissing off Mother Nature/ growing a beard, I have been doing some research (aka casual Googling) into the toxic, harmful, and just generally yucky synthetic ingredients that are pumped into our food, care products, and almost every manufactured thing we come into contact with.
I find toiletries and cleaning product ingredients particularly frightening – with names the mouth can’t even pronounce, how is the rest of the body supposed to put up with them?
The list is too long for one blog post, but two of the main “baddies” I’ve set out to eradicate in by body care regime are Sodium Laureth Sulphate and all Parabens.
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate is in 90% of personal-care products that foam, as it causes that lathery action – thank shampoo, face wash, body wash, hand wash etc. Ironically, this ingredient can (among other things such as depression and diarrhea) can actually cause eye damage and sever skin irritation.
- Parabens are highly toxic chemicals used to extend a product’s shelf life.
Luckily, more and more people (and even companies) are becoming aware of the harmful effects that these and many other nasties have on our bodies and on the environment. I’ve been turning to health shops for body care products that won’t end up turning me and Mrs Earth into genetic monsters. Pain is beauty, but hell, there’s a limit.
When I became a Herbalife distributor, I was stoked to see that they had a new herbal aloe range – not tested on animals, sulphate-free and paraben free.
Who said all hippies were dirty?
Products in the range:
- Bath and Body Bar
- Strengthening Conditioner
- Strengthening Shampoo
- Hand and Body Wash
- Soothing Gel
Did you know?
- Even the ancient Egyptians used aloe, calling it the “plant of immortality”,
- They werent far off: a number of studies have found that aloe vera is effective in treating skin conditions such as dry or flaky skin, sunburn, hair and scalp problems, skin infections, dandruff, wounds, and other cosmetic ailments.
- Aloe Vera is actually a cactus. When cactus leave are broken off they secrete a clear gel that can be used to soothe, heal and clean.
- The gel moisturizes without a greasy feel – perfect for those with oily skin.
- Hormones in aloe vera stimulate the growth of new cells, allowing the skin to heal quickly and naturally.
- Giving wrinkles a prickly finger, aloe contains an antioxidant abundance (vitamin E, C, beta carotene etc) that improve skin hydration and natural firmness.
- Aloe vera lessens the visibility of stretch marks and contains over 75 different nutrients!
- Internally, aloe improves digestion by cleaning out the colon and “regulating” the system. (Regulating, haha!)
Time to come clean and go green!