The most common CHEMICAL INGREDIENTS in SOAPS and SHOWER GELS that risk our health are:
Butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben and ethylparaben are the most regular parabens found in shower gels. They are used as preservative. They disrupt our hormonal balance, which increases the risk of developing breast cancer, skin cancer and prostate cancer aggressively.
2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS / SLES)
This emulsifier is used in many cosmetic products such as shampoos, toothpaste, shower gels, liquid soaps and laundry detergent. SLS upsets the natural moisture of the skin, and in combination with other chemicals creates nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.
Dioxane occurs in a number of shower gels as a solvent. Studies show that dioxane is a carcinogen and toxic to the brain, central nervous system, kidneys and liver.
4. Propylene Glycol
This glycol is a common ingredient in products for hygiene. It's associated with dermatitis or eczema, the abnormality of the kidneys and liver and can increase the sensitivity of the skin.
5. Diethanolamine (DEA)
DEA reacts quickly with preservatives to create an extremely potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA). NDEA is easily absorbed through the skin and is linked with bladder, esophagus, liver and stomach cancer. It also prevents the uptake of choline (part of the vitamin B), required for the functioning of brain. To eliminate your exposure to NDEA, avoid these ingredients: Cocamide DEA or Cocamide Diethanolamine, DEA Lauryl Sulfate or Diethanolamine Lauryl Sulfate, Lauramide DEA or Lauramide Diethanolamine, Linoleamide DEA or Linoleamide Diethanolamine, Oleamide DEA or Oleamide Diethanolamine, and any product containing TEA or Triethanolamine.
Perfumes in shower gels are typically derived from petroleum products and can dry your skin. Toluene is found in many synthetic flavors and can lead to anemia, decrease in the number of red blood cells, damage to the liver and kidneys, and interferes with the development of the fetus. Excellent alternative for these odors is a mixture of essential oils or herbal fruit extracts that their labels are marked as "natural flavor".
Triclosan reacts with chlorine from the water to create chloroform, a known human carcinogen. When mixed with other ingredients, which are used for disinfection of the water, the chloroform can increase trihalomethanes, which are proven to induce cancer in laboratory animals. After decades of use in antibacterial soaps, the FDA finally banned triclosan from soap in 2016 over concerns about its long-term safety and contribution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Unfortunately, it is still used in more than 2,000 consumer products like toothpaste, detergents, cosmetics, clothing, kitchenware, furniture, toys, carpets, plastics, and paints.
In a nutshell, the above mentioned are all POSIONS! Avoid them at all cost!