Hand-wash and personal hygiene products are in big business. They promise us a lot. But should we trust them entirely? Because the risk which involves if these product fail to work is too much. Demolition of personal health and fitness is the last thing you would want to happen to you, on this planet. Talking of hand washes, it is unimaginable what these tiny invisible bacteria can do to our intestines. So your hand-wash must be chosen wisely.
Have you ever checked the label of content of your hand wash?
Almost every Indian hand wash contains SLS(sodium lauryl sulphate). Sodium lauryl sulphate is linked to skin irritation as well as respiratory tract irritation and prolonged use can cause skin dryness and dermatitis.
Some of the other potentially harmful chemicals in our hand wash include benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride, and chloroxylenol which have been banned in some countries! Hand wash chemicals such as triclosan and triclocarban can cause muscle weakness and even disrupt hormone cycles.
Chemicals called parabens are often used in hand wash as they increase a product’s shelf life. There are several types of parabens and many of them have hormone-disrupting effects and have been linked to breast tumors. Parabens can also decrease muscle mass and increase fat storage – did you ever imagine that your hand wash could be the reason you can’t lose weight?
Next time you buy a hand-wash be careful. Read the label properly before buying and preferably buy a bacterial hand wash. Some companies have now started manufacturing bacterial cleansers that work like probiotics. The ‘good bacteria’ in these products oxidizes ammonia and urea from skin sweat and turns them into skin-friendly compounds.