When you have kids, you do everything you can to keep them healthy, right? That’s why you give them the right food, the right care, lots of love and kisses when they fall. But are you just as conscious of which toothpaste is good for them or what ingredients are in the shampoo? And what about yourself, are you just as conscious about what you put on your skin as what you put in your mouth?
Many people are becoming increasingly aware of healthy food. We are slowly starting to realize that such a broiler chicken is probably not very healthy and the same applies to pesticides on fruit and vegetables. We go for natural products, without hormones, pesticides and other unnatural things that we really don’t want in our bodies. But what about our care products? Do you look at the packaging before you buy a new day cream? And do you even know what all those products mean?
The start of a battle against chemicals
Years ago, a campaign suddenly started about how sulphate is bad for you, and should no longer be used in products. We went looking for SLS-free products en masse and parabens were just as bad. Half of them had no idea what it was all about, but we didn’t want it anymore. And rightly so.
Parabens are used for a longer shelf life, but have been shown to play a role in the development of several cancers. Do we have to say more?
SLS is indeed an effective ingredient against greasy hair and dirt, but it is quite an aggressive agent. It penetrates deep into the hair and can cause damage to both the hair and the scalp. This is because sulfate cannot distinguish between unwanted fat and healthy fats in the hair follicles. The result is dull and dry hair and a dry scalp. We then get to work with other products to restore that and we stay busy. And keep wasting your money on products that don’t help you. Time for alternatives.
How can I get my hair clean without foam?
Fortunately, there are alternatives to lather your shampoo so that it can be distributed well over your hair. Take Naïf ‘s nourishing shampoo, for example , which uses dried coconut fibers and the good fatty acids from coconut oil to create foam. Do not expect the same amount of foam as with SLS, that is not feasible. But you will still get enough foam with this shampoo to be able to wash your hair properly. Then take care of your hair with Naïf ‘s soothing conditioner , made with linseed oil for a nourishing and anti-static effect.
For your baby you can choose the soft shampoo gel from Careliawith calendula for a wonderfully soft scalp. For babies, less foam is sometimes an advantage, at least it won’t get in the eyes if they move too much. Win win. Moreover, both products are good for the environment. It contains no microplastics that end up in the ocean.
What is my shampoo doing to the ocean?
Most personal care products contain microplastics. So small that you cannot see them with the naked eye. That can’t hurt, I hear you think, but unfortunately it does. These microplastics wander around in the ocean and every animal that ingests a drink of water ingests a load of plastic. One such microplastic piece may not make much difference. But it piles up. Plastic does not digest in your body. You will know that if your child has ever swallowed a piece of Lego. It just comes out in its entirety. In fish and birds, however, these small particles remain trapped in the stomach, which means that the animal can eat less. Just like you can feel full after eating, they keep it that way indefinitely. As a result, they eat less and therefore do not get the right nutrients.
Moreover, they continue to take in water, so that the stomach fills further and further with plastic, until nothing more can be added. In the long run, they simply cannot eat anymore, so they starve, with a stomach full of plastic. And microplastics aren’t even the only problem. Have you ever thought about the effect your sunscreen has on the ocean if you walk into the sea after applying it?
Do you choose coral reefs?
Sunscreen is possibly the most polluting product out there. Mainly because we use it a lot on the beach, after which we run into the sea. Then we repeat this process another 5 times. Don’t get me wrong, sunscreen is extremely important! But so is our ocean. And we can do our best to protect ourselves from UV radiation and the ocean from the harmful substances in chemical sunscreen. Sunburn is one of the main causes of coral death. The ingredients used to protect us from UV rays also protect algae from UV light. The only problem is that algae need UV light to grow. That is no longer possible if your sunscreen with octinoxate or oxybenzone blocks the light. And without algae, no coral. without coral,
Fortunately, there are also alternatives on the market that are better for you and the environment. For the children, for example, take a look at the SPF-50 sunscreen from Naïf or the face & body SPF-50 from Carelia . These creams are made with natural oils and a zinc-based protective factor. Zinc naturally has a covering and protective effect and thus protects the skin from the sun. Since they are natural products, they do no harm in the ocean. In addition, they are nourishing for the skin. The cream from Carelia has a calming effect and the cream from Naïf has a cooling effect. Regular rubbing also ensures that you do not overheat so quickly. Another win-win!
For a lower factor you can choose theSPF 30 moisturizing cream from Resibo . This cream is made with spruce bark. What better protects than a tree bark? In addition, the cream is nourishing, has an anti-wrinkle effect and ensures a beautiful even skin color.
Choose for yourself and the environment
In short, there are several alternatives on the market when it comes to care products, which are better for both you and the environment. So if you are consciously concerned with what you put in your body, I advise you to find out because you are putting on your body. Our skin is our largest organ and perhaps the most important. It protects us from all harmful external influences. The least we can do is take good care of it, right? Don’t wait for a new global campaign like we had with sulfate and parabens, do your own research and go for really good products.