Are you confused by the multitude of body wash and skincare products available on the market? Does reading the back of skincare products have you feeling like you’ve just recited the periodic table? Not sure which ingredients are natural and beneficial, and which could be in fact causing your skin harm?
Then this is for you!
Dedicated to anyone who has ever found themselves overwhelmed in the body wash aisle, unable to pronounce any of the ingredients on the back of that bottle with the alluring advertisement, and wondering, is this product actually good for my skin?
Before we discuss the nourishing, natural and quite frankly delicious ingredients that can be incorporated in to good quality products to boost skin and hair health, let’s look at what chemicals are commonly added to products on the market, the financial advantage of this for companies, and the harm that such products can bring to you, the consumer.
𝙃𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙇𝙎, 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠𝙨
Our skin is the largest organ of the body, exposed to and interacting with the external environment. This means that it is at risk of exposure to chemicals applied to the skin during your daily hygiene and beauty care routine, with these chemicals being directly absorbed into your body. Whilst it seems bizarre and unlikely that anyone would intentionally apply chemicals directly to their skin, this is in fact what may be happening with the innocent application of a body lotion, or when washing your hair.
A 2019 study by Panico et al. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6477564/) looked at 283 commonly purchased body care products, including body washes, shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers. Sixty-percent of these products contained artificial preservatives, 52% contained artificial fragrances and 58% contained synthetic chemical compound bases, known as Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs). Such synthetic ingredients are strongly associated with contact dermatitis and allergic reactions of the skin.
Such chemical additives can result in increased skin dryness, which is the exact opposite of what you wish to achieve with a moisturiser. Other adverse reactions to synthetic preservatives, fragrances and PEGs is contact dermatitis, photosensitivity eruptions (when the skin reacts in sunlight after the use of the product) and contact urticaria (painful swelling and skin redness) (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4885180/). A synthetic additive highly associated with contact dermatitis is Sodium Laureate Sulfate, an artificial foaming agent, which is inexpensive for companies to add, and can account for 50% of a total product!
Take in to consideration the number of body products you use in a typical day – think shampoo, conditioner, moisturisers, face creams, soaps and body wash and hair products. Say each of these products contain one artificial fragrance, then combine the total number of fragrances and you have just applied to your body and you have what is known as the “additive effect”. This describes a large dosage of chemicals delivered by multiple body products, the total amount unable to be tested for safety, as each individual product is tested separately.
Such artificial products are not making you any cleaner and carry an array of adverse health effects – it’s a puzzling industry, fuelled by the desire of companies to produce body ‘care’ products at a fraction of the price, sold for exorbitant amounts, often with misleading advertising. These chemicals also wash down the drain, disturbing the environment and ecosystem.
It gets one questioning- what is my skin soaking in!?
𝙏𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙖 𝙒𝙖𝙡𝙠 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙎𝙞𝙙𝙚
So what are you looking out for in a body care product?
Firstly, products which omit such synthetic ingredients are a great start. This will commonly be stated on the bottle as “free from: artificial fragrances and preservatives, SLS” and so on. Secondly, look for products which contain natural ingredients which will actually assist the body care process. These include nourishing plant-derived products, including aloe vera, jojoba and macadamia oils, cocoa and shea butter, and essential oils which act as natural anti-bacterial agents, leaving your skin clean and smelling great.
The products used here at the Freedom Float Centre are made locally in Currumbin and contain a delicious combination of natural ingredients, sounding similar to a refreshing fruity cocktail. Watermelon, lime, spearmint, macadamia oil and pink grapefruit are just some of the decadent ingredients added to the Bubbles Organic range used here.
The main ingredient in our body wash is hydrating aloe vera, which is combined with sandalwood, pink grapefruit, lime and ylang ylang flower essential oil to refresh the senses.
Our shampoo nourishes your hair with jojoba oil, chamomile and honey bush leaf, whilst our conditioner adds an extra layer of shine, and smells decadent with patchouli and sweet orange. We also have a truly hydrating body lotion, great for sensitive skin, which moisturises and soothes the skin using aloe vera, watermelon and apple extracts.
Why settle for strange chemicals and artificial additives when you can instead enjoy a range of fragrant, beneficial skin products?
When you come for a float or an infra-red sauna at our centre, enjoy using our chemical-free, nourishing bath products, moisturisers, and hair conditioning mist. All of them are available for individual purchase if you’d like to add them to your body care routine at home!
You will leave feeling revived and revitalised, knowing that you’ve truly cared for your skin, your health and your environment.
Talk about refreshing!