A long time ago, in a land far away, lived a guy named Aaron who had crazy itchy skin….
This guy hadn’t yet discovered natural products. And he hadn’t yet created Happy Skincare (Australia’s greatest skincare brand, in case you haven’t heard!)….
He’d get dressed in the morning and it would take about 3 minutes before he was tearing off the irritating shirt and start scratching up a pole like a horse (he’s a country boy, you see).
It wasn’t because the shirt was emblazoned with the slogan “I’m with Stupid”. It was because the shirt was washed with regular laundry powder.
If you have sensitive skin, right now you’re probably yelling “ME TOO!”
Regular, run of the mill laundry detergent (like the majority of the options sitting on supermarket shelves) have ingredients in them that can cause irritation.
Laundry detergents can leave a residue on your clothes, and when this comes into contact with your skin – whammo! Itchy and scratchy come to town.
Surfactants - The most likely culprits of your skin irritation are the surfactants used in these laundry detergents. In case you’ve forgotten, surfactants are the ingredients responsible for making bubbles and removing stains.
Unlike skincare products, laundry products don’t need to list which specific surfactant is used in its formula. They can get away with using a general description like “cationic surfactant”.
If you want to know more about why surfactants can be so problematic, read this post about your skin’s acid mantle.
Fragrance - This bad boy keeps causing problems in many products. Skincare, perfume, cologne, air freshener, cleaning products, laundry detergents, and on and on and on….
If you have sensitive skin or are looking to live a low-tox life, artificial or synthetic fragrances are something you definitely want to steer clear of as they’re the number one cause of allergic contact dermatitis.
Sadly some of the natural, hypoallergenic detergents don’t have the best reputation for getting your whites white, but with a little know-how you can have those brighter whites AND lose the itch.
Here are our tips for switching to laundry products that are going to be gentler on your skin:
Do you have any tips to share? Leave us a comment below :)
I *used* to think that someone who runs a skincare company isn’t meant to get massive breakouts. I felt super self-conscious of my skin. It felt like everyone I bumped into was staring at my blemishes thinking “Gosh, her skin is shocking”. But you know what? I’ve changed my mind.
Unfortunately we can’t control the damage caused by external aggressors (like wind, UV rays and pollution), but we can make conscious choices about the products we choose to slather on our strands. Here are just a few reasons why making the switch to natural might be the best treat you can give your cheesed-off tresses – and your conscience.