I poked my skin with my fingers last night. It poked me right back. There was something spongy about it. After all it is the tissue that keeps your insides from falling out. It would be normal to believe that skin is impervious. I learnt through research that it is not. A surprising number of things can pass through easily. This list includes chemicals that can be extremely harmful. Have you checked your soap lately?
All of us bathe frequently; hopefully at least. Other times, we are washing our hands, feet, or face. All for a good cause, supposedly. Advertisements tell us to wash our hands before we eat. Others tell us to wash our face before we sleep. All true and well advised but for the chemicals in them. Soap when used tends to bubble up. This is caused by surfactants or chemicals in them. So much so that you don’t feel clean if it does not lather. I once tried a soap that didn’t and threw it out.
Chemicals in soaps include triclosan and triclocarban. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, 1-4 Dioxane, Ethanol, Benzalkonium, Parabens, Synthetic color. The list is long and these strange sounding names are indicative. Just as an illustration, when triclosan comes in contact with your skin, it stays for many hours. It can combine with chlorine in our tap water. This can potentially turn it carcinogenic. The humble soap has invaded our house. It has taken over. I cant think of a life without constant washing and cleaning. Except, it can have severe side effects. Have you checked your soap lately?
Alternatives exist that are not as harmful. Dr. Bronner’s is known to be one of them. My good friend recommends soap from the ashram http://sundaramsoap.org For everyday washing she recommends KYRA. All of this requires some research before you open your hands, legs and heart to then. Not your heart you say? Oh well!
PS: this holds true for the detergents you use to wash your clothes, fragrances, anti-bacterial cleaning agents etc.