Since my obsession with detoxification began more than 15 years ago I have always been wary of the proliferation of chemicals that we as Westerners put on our skin. This innate hesitation to consistently anoint myself in a daily cocktail of chemicals has been reinforced by my education of the hormonal and toxic effects of soaps, shampoos, perfumes, lotions, and the like.
Although these beliefs were based more on a back-to-nature mentality, it is always reaffirming to see modern research backing up the claim that “nature knows best.”
In the linked article we see another reason to avoid the daily toxic cocktail – it may be counterproductive. If you are a fan of nature you may wonder how animals seem to stay so clean and healthy in their natural environments. Part of this has to do with our long-held beliefs that dirt and “germs” are inherently “dirty.” Perhaps our idea of dirty is due for a change.
The idea of eliminating bacteria at all costs is not only weakening our immune systems and opening the door for more virulent pathogens – it may also be making us smell.
I’ll leave it up to you to read the article and let me know your thoughts. Even if you’re not ready to give up a daily soaping altogether, this may be a good time to reconsider the role that cosmetic play in your life.