January is traditionally a time for dieting and detoxifying. Forget a diet of cabbage and soup, if you want a proper family detox this year, look a little bit closer at the ingredients list of your bathtime products, you may find some disturbing additions.
The top five nasties lurking in your bathroom are:
Parabens are routinely used by the beauty industry to lengthen the shelf life of products as they inhibit the growth of bacteria. Despite their continued use in beauty products and by the food industry, there have been concerns about adverse health effects linked with their use, in particular fears of a possible link to breast cancer. Although there is still no definitive proof of a link to cancers, Denmark have banned the use of parabens in cosmetic products intended for use by children and the EU has banned the following five parabens in cosmetic products; isopropylparaben; isobutylparaben, phenylparaben, benzylparaben and pentylparaben.
Phthalates are present in many beauty products, such as, nail polish, hairsprays and shampoos. They are classified as endocrine disruptors and over the years, researchers have linked exposure to phthalates to conditions such as asthma, ADHD, breast cancer, autism spectrum disorders and male fertility issues. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of phthalate exposure and unfortunately, there is currently no regulatory control forcing them to be included on an ingredients list. Look instead for companies that are open and honest about what goes into their bottles.
Triclosan is another common ingredient to pop up in beauty products and is particularly prevalent in antibacterial hand soaps. It is another chemical that affects hormone levels and has been linked to an increase in allergies in children. The use of antibacterial hand washes can promote antibiotic resistance and has not proven to be any more effective at preventing the spread of infections and viruses than good old handwashing. Triclosan is already banned in the US and hopefully is on it’s way out here too.
Sodium lauryl sulphate, also known as sodium laureth sulfate, lauryl sodium sulphate, lauryl sulphate sodium salt and sodium dodecyl sulphate is commonly used in foaming beauty products, such as shampoos, conditioners, hand washes and bubble baths. However, SLS is a known skin irritant that can exacerbate skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and should be avoided especially by babies and children who have young, sensitive skin.
Incredibly this known carcinogen still makes an appearance in shampoos, nail polishes, deodorants and other common beauty products. An Environmental Protection Agency report has yet to be released but is expected to include the first link between exposure to formaldehyde and leukaemia. With chemicals applied to skin being absorbed by your body, this number one nasty should be thrown straight into the bin.
Here at Scrubbingtons, we pride ourselves in putting only the good stuff into our products and can guarantee that these Big Five will never make an appearance in our bottles.
Made in the UK and as kind to children’s skin as they are to the planet, all of our products are minimum 98% natural, cruelty free and suitable for vegans
If you want to see what the ingredients in our products really mean, take a look at our ingredients page, where we explain exactly what is going on (and in) your young persons skin. Everything from our kids bubble bath, to our alcohol-free hand sanitiser for children, are natural and kind to sensitive skin.