Benefits of using a chemical free face wash
Safe Face Wash for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
In the last few decades there have been amazing advances in grooming products as people become more aware not only of the importance of the daily grooming routine, but also of its effect on the health of their skin. Unfortunately, price competition and profit margins have pushed some manufacturers to find cheap chemical alternatives to natural ingredients in order to cut costs and boost profits. Since the face is the only part of your body always on show, it makes sense to have a look into what you’re actually putting on it! Natural, chemical-free face wash has the benefit not only of often being a more environmentally conscious way of cleansing your skin, but also is a much milder way of doing so which means that the delicate balance of oils on your skin is less disrupted.
If you pick up a bottle of everyday face wash you will almost certainly find one or more of the following (nasty) chemicals which you probably wouldn’t dream of putting on your face under normal circumstances:
- 1,4-dioxane: known to be carcinogenic (cancer causing) in animals and is banned from skincare and other products in a number of counties worldwide.
- Alcohol: not the kind we drink, but the kind industrial floor cleaner is made from.
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) which the US National Institute of Health believes research will prove to be carcinogen to humans.
- Aniline (Coal tar dye): toxic when the vapor is inhaled.
- Diethanolamine (DEA): thought to cause some people skin irritation.
- Ethanolamine: usually found in detergents, emulsifiers and polishes.
- Parabens: this substance is not only irritating to some people’s skin, but there is a lot of research linking this chemical to breast cancer. It is also though to accelerated aging of the skin from sun exposure.
These are just a few of the chemicals that we might be putting on our face as part of our efforts to do the right thing. There are many other harmful substances such as Phthalates, Triclosan, Triethanolamine (TEA)… the list goes on (and on) – but thankfully safer and more effective natural face washes are available. Here we look at some of the natural and skin-nourishing ingredients that can be found in chemical free face wash.
Alpha-hydroxy acids occur naturally in many of the foods we eat on a day to day basis such as apples, grapes and tomatoes. They are excellent at helping to loosen dead skin cells but naturally and gently rather that the “paint stripper” style of many chemicals above. There are also plenty of natural face moisturizers that you’ll find in chemical free face wash such as shea butter and avocado oil which not only sound exotic but are more effective than any chemical alternative, often possessing potent antimicrobial properties which are beneficial for skin conditions such as eczema and acne.
Steering clear of chemical face washes is easy and your face will certainly appreciate the difference. Without adding any extra time or effort into your daily grooming routine you can substantially improve your face washing experience and the health of your skin.