As mummies, we take care of our families, our passions, our work, and, of course, our children. But have we forgotten to take care of ourselves?
Most of us wake up before the crack of dawn, attend to a million tasks all day, then crash into our beds at night. But mummy, in that race to do it all, you might be neglecting the most important person of all — yourself. You matter more than you think.
When was the last time you had a good look at yourself in the mirror? Or had a nice bath or shower? Where is the time for a proper skincare routine in the midst of all this busyness, you ask?
It is exactly for this reason that we should make sure that whatever we use on our bodies is made up of the most NATURAL and SAFEST ingredients. After all, taking care of yourself begins with taking care of your skin. And a body wash made of natural ingredients, such as honey, helps the skin remain soft, hydrated and clean, while not stripping it of its natural oils.
Many top-selling bath products claim to be “extra gentle” and “safe for delicate skin”. But did you know these actually contain undesirable chemicals?
How can we make sure that we are making the best choice for ourselves and for our families?
Well, a good product should be:
- Of skin-friendly formulation, and enriched with moisturising effect
- Free from undesirable chemicals that can cause skin irritation and allergies
- Effective in removing germs, dirt and pollutants
- pH balanced and consistent with our skin’s natural pH, so as to not disrupt the acid mantle
Natural Is Best
Mums, no doubt you know that natural is best when it comes to caring for your family. You always ensure that the food they eat is natural or organic. Why should the products that you use for caring for your skin be any different?
There are a number of powerful and natural ingredients that we can use to care for our skin:
Honey has been known since ancient times to have healing properties. Manuka honey, produced by bees from New Zealand that pollinate the native Manuka tree, is a natural antibacterial wonder. Honey also has antibacterial properties and can repair tissue damaged by infection.
Tea Tree Oil
Made from the leaves of tea tree, tea tree oil is used to treat fungal infections. It is also an antiseptic for cuts and bruises, insect bites, infections of the mouth and much more.
Pomegranate has countless health benefits. It contains punicalagins, which are extremely potent antioxidants. Pomegranates also have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. There is even some evidence that pomegranates can help fight cancer.
Organic Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a wonder plant that is used in countless cosmetics products for its medicinal powers. Among its many benefits are antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Natural Means No Harmful Chemicals
Mums, many products contain a number of harmful chemicals. These chemicals may be effective in cleansing — some have antibacterial properties — but they are also known to have negative effects. Check out the ingredients list on every product to see what they’re made of.
Here is a list of eight chemicals that we should AVOID in our body wash:
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, is commonly found in household cleaning products and cosmetics.
When in high concentrations, SLS causes eye irritation/eye damage and skin irritation.
Some lab studies suggest that Triclosan contributes to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, can possibly trigger allergies, and alter the body’s hormone levels.
In 2017, US FDA banned the use of Triclosan in daily use body washes and soaps.
Parabens are often found in personal care products.
These chemicals in body wash are associated with HIGHER cancer risks. They alter the body’s hormone levels, and have an impact on pregnancy rates and growth development.
Formaldehyde is toxic to the nervous system and has been characterised as a human carcinogen (causes cancer). It irritates the eyes, nose, throat & skin, which results in watery eyes, sneezing and nausea. It also affects memory and learning abilities.
• Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)
Methylisothiazolinone — known as MIT — is commonly found in personal care products and in detergents as preservatives. It causes skin irritation and allergies.
From January 2016, MIT has been banned from leave-on cosmetics in Europe.
Dioxane can potentially increase the risk of cancer. It causes drowsiness, dizziness, headaches and anorexia (eating disorder). It also irritates the eyes, nose and throat when inhaled.
• Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
Butylated hydroxytoluene, also known as BHT, is added to some personal care products. It can potentially cause cancer, irritate the lungs and alter the body’s hormone levels.
Triclocarbon is yet another common ingredient in “anti-bacterial” soaps.
Triclocarban may impact the body’s hormone levels and may cause irritations of the lungs, eyes and skin.
In 2017, US FDA banned the use of Triclocarban in daily use body washes and soaps.
A Natural and Safe Body Wash with All These Qualities
Mummies, you will be relieved to know that Betadine, a trusted brand for over 60 years, is now expanding its expertise with Betadine Natural Defense.
Betadine® Natural Defense range products are natural, made from the goodness of Manuka honey, and FREE from eight undesirable chemicals!
And that means, “Achieving personal hygiene with no compromise.”
Here is what truly makes Betadine® Natural Defense range the ideal body wash for the whole family:
● BETADINE™ Natural Defence embraces your family’s health and wellness with natural ingredients.
It is enriched with these premium and skin-friendly ingredients for healthy and moisturised skin:
- Manuka honey
- Organic Aloe Vera
- Vitamin E
● Betadine® Natural Defense range is FREE from EIGHT undesirable chemicals:
- Sodium Laury Sulfate
- Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)
- Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
● Betadine® Natural Defense range also contains the natural germ-killing effects of:
- Manuka Honey
- Tea Tree Oil
● Betadine® Natural Defense range is dermatologically tested, soap-free and pH balanced.
In short, mummies, Betadine® Natural Defense range is natural, safe and trusted, and offers the skincare and protection the whole family needs!
You can now avail the goodness of BETADINE™ Natural Defense Range in three forms:
- BETADINE™ Natural Defense Body Wash (comes in three variants: Manuka Honey, Pomegranate and Tea Tree)
- BETADINE™ Natural Defense Hand Wash (comes in two variants: Manuka Honey and Tea Tree)
- BETADINE™ Natural Defense Hand Sanitizer (Manuka Honey)
The entire BETADINE™ Natural Defense Range is now available at Watsons, Jaya Grocer, other leading pharmacies and on Lazada (online).
For more details, visit https://my.betadine.com/en/my/daily-protection