Is your Soap toxic?
Soap is an important part of your personal hygiene routine, but is the soap you are using potentially dangerous to your health? Do you know what ingredients are in your soap?
Below are a few examples of potentially toxic ingredients found in many products:
Parabens are a type of preservative used in many beauty and skincare products. The danger with these chemicals is that they can mimic estrogen in the body. When applied the skin they can seep into the bloodstream and create hormone imbalances and disrupt the body’s homeostasis.
A study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health revealed that paraben chemical deposits were found in the tumors of female breast cancer patients. Which suggests that parabens may be cancer causing chemicals.
(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14745841 )
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a chemical added to soap to make it lather. According to a report from the Huffington Post, SLS has the “potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen.”
(Read the full article here https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dangerous-beauty-products_b_4168587 )
Phthalates are ingredients used in many cosmetics and other products to soften solvents. These chemicals have shown the possibility to damage human health according to the source Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.
(Read the full article here https://noharm-uscanada.org/issues/us-canada/phthalates-and-dehp )
Knowing this information should encourage you to check the ingredients in the products you are using. Toxic exposure can be easily avoided by using safe, natural and organic products.