Have you ever taken notice of the ingredients in your soap or body wash? We’d guess that you, like many others, haven’t. Even if you did, would you know what to look for? The average personal care product contains up to 150 harsh and toxic chemicals like triclosan, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and parabens. Long-term exposure to these chemicals is dangerous, not only for your skin, but for your entire system.
In this article, we’re going to explain the dangers that your everyday personal care products present and why switching to Old Boy natural men’s soap is better for your health and wellbeing. Let’s get started.
What’s the problem with regular skincare?
Did you know that most skincare products are filled with chemicals, dyes and fragrances? According to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, men use an average of six personal care products that contain 85 different toxic chemicals.
These chemicals are added into products to increase their shelf life, decrease costs and to make them smell appealing. But unbeknownst to many, these chemicals are linked to skin irritation, inflammatory conditions and premature aging at best, and at worse, are linked to cancer and reproductive harm.
According to the American Lung Association, many personal care and household products like soap can irritate the eyes or throat, cause headaches and increase your risk of other health problems like cancer.
These toxic products release dangerous chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs and other chemicals that are commonly used in soaps contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions, inflammation, migraines and endocrine disruption; as shown in a study published in 2018.
Your skin is the largest organ in the body. What you put on it, absorbs straight through, into your internal organs. The chemical compounds go into the lungs and affect the brain, nervous system and endocrine system (ECS). This is why they are commonly referred to as endocrine disruptors.
What are endocrine disruptors?
Your ECS is a system of glands that make hormones, and is responsible for regulating cellular activity to maintain homeostasis in the body. The ECS controls the secretion of certain hormones so that you feel and function optimally. For example, testosterone, a sex hormone responsible for sex drive, muscle and bone mass, body strength and sperm count, is controlled by the ECS.
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic or disrupt the normal functioning of the ECS. A study published in 2014 by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that exposure to phthalates, a chemical found in the majority of personal care products, was linked to lower levels of testosterone in men.
Another study found that exposure to endocrine disruptors was linked to male reproductive and sexual malfunctions including reduced semen quality and erectile dysfunction. Finally, a review by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences linked endocrine disrupting chemicals to a range of hormonal issues, infertility, immune suppression and cognitive dysfunction.
It’s safe to conclude that the frequent use of toxic personal care products that contain endocrine disrupting compounds are dangerous and should be avoided. What you put on your body is equally as important as what you put in your body. This is why here at Old Boy, we believe in chemical-free, natural soap.
What are the benefits of natural soap for men?
First and foremost, when you go natural, you’re saying no to all the nasty chemicals in regular soap and your body will thank you for it. Nature provides all the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and acids that can support your skin in looking, smelling and feeling its best.
- Less irritation
Reducing your exposure to chemicals will decrease your risk of developing irritation, redness, breakouts, scarring and skin conditions like rashes or dermatitis. Only using natural soap will make your skin less irritated, which can help to reduce and heal acne and other common skin problems.
- Better hormone function
There are so many conditions caused by hormone dysfunction. We’ve already covered a few of them, but these extend to acne, mood swings, depression, low libido, male pattern baldness, and low energy, amongst so much more. If you are struggling with any hormone-related issue, it’s essential that you switch to natural soap and other personal care products. Over time, your ECS will be able to regulate and in time, many conditions will likely improve.
- Hydrated skin
Nasty chemicals strip the skin of its natural oils. While this may sound appealing if you have naturally oily skin, in reality, when your skin is stripped, sebum production increases to compensate for the loss of hydration, making your skin look oilier than ever before. Excess sebum production is also linked to more breakouts. When you use a natural soap, it naturally hydrates and cleanses the skin without stripping it, allowing your skin to regulate sebum.
- Less inflammation
Natural soap helps to fight inflammation in the skin, which is often the reason behind redness, acne, blackheads and texture. Inflammation causes an immune response, which affects the function of the skin cells, causing a build up of bacteria, clogging pores and causing inflamed skin. Inflammatory skin conditions can be cleared up and healed when using natural soap.
- Chemical-free skincare
An important benefit of natural skincare is that you’re not exposing yourself to dangerous chemicals that absorb into your bloodstream and wreak havoc. Not only will your ECS be able to function properly, the rest of your body will too. Studies show that even low-level exposure impacts your health and the environment, so it’s recommended to avoid it in its totality.
33 percent use a bar of soap everyday to wash their skin, and 45 percent of men believe that regular soap is as effective as soap designed specifically for men’s skin. Here’s the truth: regular soap is not the best way to clean your skin, in fact, it’s likely doing more harm than good.
Regular soap is filled with toxic chemicals that affect your skin quality, hormones, and general health and wellbeing. If you want to take care of your skin without switching up your routine, it’s time to switch to natural soap.
Old Boy Soap is the leading natural soap brand specifically designed for men’s skincare needs. No need for a complex skincare routine, Old Boy knows how to keep it simple while delivering the skin care you need, chemical-free.