“Did you know that it is safer to eat commercial soap than to use it on your skin? It will at least go through the digestive system, instead of being directly absorbed into the bloodstream. Have you looked at the ingredients in the products you use?” says Divya, an Organic Soap Maker from Mysore.
Well, I hadn’t ever. So I took out a few products from my toiletry kit. The number of chemicals listed there, to say the least, was mind blogging.
Basically, I realized I did not know what I was looking for. So I decided to do a little research. This article corroborates exactly what Divya says and also gives you an idea what to avoid. For one, Sodium Laureth Sulphate was common in everything I used, including my toothpaste!
According to this concerned soapmaker, there are two main problems in India. Firstly, there was no awareness(clearly!). I heard about using fragrance-free, natural products, and switching from plastic to glass/steel more than 5 years back from my aunt in Australia. Though there is a trend of going plastic-free here now, there is still not much spoken about cosmetics.
Secondly, there is a large range of “low-cost” commercial products marketed for bouncy hair or fair and smooth skin and the likes. If you have a Rs.20 product endorsed by a celebrated which promises you ‘eternal beauty’, vs a Rs.80 less known product for healthy skin, what are you going to buy?
What we can do:
For starters, it would be good to start paying more attention to what we use and put on our skin. Then, we can start the shift towards more natural products. Divya puts it very eloquently what she wants to do:
“Create awareness for a healthier you than a beautiful you, one family at a time”
Towards this end, she has created some interesting concoctions with turmeric, honey, multani matti, and more as its constituents. Here are some of her creations. Doesn’t the tea soap sound intriguing?
Note: This is not a sponsored post. It is written to raise awareness and get us thinking about what we use for our skin.