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Evolutionarily speaking, there is merit to the argument that human skin, which is made up of a matrix of fatty tissues, collagen, skin cells and more, is a living organ: in fact the largest. More importantly, that it absorbs a fair quantity of what is applied onto it, particularly fats, or fat-soluble substances. And lastly, that humans are subject to the normal laws of biology (don’t take offense, but we really are just another species); which is why our bodies cannot break down most chemical substances into anything usable.

Chemicals such as mineral oils, parabens, phthalates and sulphates are today, some of the most common ingredients on our bathroom shelves. They make our cosmetics last longer, make us smell nice, give shampoos that silky shine, make body lotions glide over skin without making skin ‘greasy’, and make shampoos and body washes froth and bubble more than a witches cauldron. But many of these chemicals have been linked to cancer, infertility and allergies, and this information has been known in scientific circles for decades.

Cosmetic products such as lotions, creams and make-up are applied onto the skin, and left there, allowing for continuous dermal exposure. The pressures of modernity make even teenagers use ghastly and rather harmful skin brightening/lightening, hair straightening, bleaching and deodorising products.

For me, the simple principle of putting what we eat, or other natural ingredients that have a long history of use on our skin (as referenced by Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (the vegetarian stuff mind you), or other medicinal traditions) , seems more straightforward and trustworthy than a potpourri of chemicals that might be cheap in the short-term, but are known to cause painful and expensive side-effects in the long-term – my body, health and well-being.

Watch this wonderful video about the Story of Cosmetics

Kaavya Nag
Co-Founder, Do Bandar.