The natural base skincare or organic skincare industry is slowly building its grasp around the world especially so in my country of residence, Malaysia. I stumbled on natural based skincare many years ago out of desperation to find a cure or relief for my children’s skin condition – eczema and skin allergies. This was many years ago.
Back then, I felt strange having to make my own soap and making my own simple creams for my kids. The ones sold in pharmacies or stores were just not helping them recover. It may look as if the skin was healing but it was really just “dampening” the skin and the problem will recur just after a few days. It was frustrating and heart breaking seeing how they suffer from the itch and pain. To make matters worse, infection settled in due to endless scratching which broke the skin barrier and was exposed to possible bacteria attack.
I didn’t care anymore what my friends and neighbours used to say because just after a week of using my self made skincare. My children’s skin were visibly healing. My kids are adults today and they continue to only use the personal care that I make for them. When my 2nd boy furthered his studies which was far away from home, he stayed near his college and more of then than not, had to resort to buying commercial products for himself. Skin problems started again.
You may be one of the lucky ones to have problem free skin condition but in Malaysia, eczema, dry skin and even psoriasis is so common these days. It can occur at any parts of the body and it is a continuos struggle. It is sad that many dermatologists do not explain holistically how to manage these skin conditions. I acknowledge there is no cure yet found for eczema for example, but there are many ways to manage it without having to suffer painfully.
What is The Problem?
Commercial products commonly contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) or SLES or the likes which is a chemical base product. SLS is widely found in detergents that you use for cleaning floors, washing clothes etc as it is very effective for cleaning. Imagine adding SLS into your skincare. What it does to the skin is that it literally strips off ALL oils off your skin surface leaving the skin dry as a desert. Those with eczema skin condition will experience bad itch which can compel them to scratch and cause the skin to tear. Continuous scratching will cause more layers to tear and can result in bleeding. This is where the skin is exposed to bacteria attack. Continuous exposure to SLS can cause dermal (skin) toxicity. Shampoos that contain SLS can cause hair loss in the long term. You can read it in detail here from credible source
This is just focusing on SLS which is commonly found in shampoos, liquid soaps, detergents etc. There are many other synthetic ingredients which are equally toxic and contribute to skin problems and I wouldn’t want this blog to be too long.
So what is the big deal of switching to natural based products? They are made to care for your skin and well being. They are Nature’s Best Gifts which will improve your quality of life and it will stop the earth from being polluted from the synthetic ingredients which are also harmful to mother earth.
Will you care for yourself and family?
I suggest that you have a look at the products you have in your home, and check out the ingredients. Most of us will rely on advertisement and marketing campaign to tell us that certain products are good and we buy them without even checking the list of ingredients. Even if we do check, how many actually google it up and find out what those ingredients really are? I was horrified to find out that I was getting myself and my family ready for a possible sickly life as we age from the years of toxic exposure just by using the commercialized products. I’m thankful that I was able to learn and care for myself and my family before it’s too late.
What about you?
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have clarifications on this blog or any concerns you may have on natural base products.
I thank you for taking time to read this. Take care!
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