Monday, February 1, 2010

Antibacterial Soaps Are Bad For Us?

How? You must be thinking... how is it that anything antibacterial be bad for you (not only you but the whole ecosystem as well actually)? Isn't killing bacteria and staying bacteria free supposed to make us healthier & stronger? Isn't that supposed to make our children sick less often (think Dettol Ad)? Isn't that supposed to help rid of acne?

The thing is, almost anything that claims to be anti-bacterial (referring to commercial products here) contains TRICLOSAN. Just read up on any ingredient label and you'll most probably find in there. Triclosan is a powerful synthetic broad spectrum anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. There's 2 main reasons why Triclosan is NOT GOOD for you:

1) Because it is so widespread. It can be found in almost 50% of soaps, creams, detergents, cleaning aids, some toys and even clothes. Basic biology tells us that bacteria can form resistance to anti-bacterial agents over time. So even though it claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and germs, its the 0.01% that we should be worried about. These are known as super bacteria, or super germs, that are resistant to any known anti-bacterial agent...think SARS, H1N1, etc.

2) It is a skin irrirtant, which is why some of us get bad reactions when we use anti-bacterial liquid soaps. And, it is thought to be linked with the big C...Cancer.

I don't really want to go into too much detail here (because it's such scary news and I'd rather not have it associated with my products, he he), but do check out the website below for more information.

Just a note to say that all Precious Me Products do not contain any synthetic anti-bacterial agents. We only use natural ones :) And I do have to stress the importance of reading ingredients labels of anything and everything you put into your body, on your skin or on/ in your kids.

Find out what those weird, unpronouncable ingredients really are (search the net). Take the time to educate yourself, to keep you and your family safe and healthy (and not to mention beautiful!).

And do start exploring into the natural, herbal remedies that kept our grand parents (usually those in the kampungs) strong and healthy. They're easily available, cheap and a heck of a lot better than anything you could buy in a bottle or capsule form.

Precious Me :)

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