Washing Powder For Sensitive Skin
Washing Powder For Sensitive Skin
More and more people are reacting to cleaning products and one of the biggest culprits is the laundry products that you use and it
is not always just your skin being irritated, it can also be your airways. Asthmatics do need to also take care with the laundry powder they use. We want clean smelling fresh clothes but when walking down the laundry aisle the choices can be overwhelming with strengths, fragrances and features of the products - BUT when it comes to sensitive skin formulations ,it is by trial and error to find the product that suits.
Which Ingredients Causes Skin Irritations In Laundry Products
Fragrance - The first thing we do when choosing a cleaning product is to smell them. The smell of a product is make or break when deciding to purchase. With laundry products - majority of the fragrances used are synthetic and the biggest triggers to skin reactions. They can also cause other reactions like migraines Trying to pinpoint what ingredient you are allergic to can also be difficult as by law, fragrance is classed as a propriety formulation so by law manufacturers do not have to list all the ingredients in their products. Artificial fragrances are usually the first thing to eliminate when skin sensitivities start Dyes or Colours Have you ever looked at a washing powder and noticed little blue or red granules in the powder? These are another marketing gimmick and unnecessary ingredient in a washing powder, They are perceived to give an added cleaning benefit and in laundry liquids it is all for marketing reasons. Although blues and violets can be useful when used with optical brighteners - Which are another major irritant in washing products that you can read about below. Optical Brighteners Another known irritant is optical brighteners. They actually do not add any extra cleaning benefit to your clothing EXCEPT to trick your perception of how the clothing looks.They use chemicals to transform UV light waves to enhance the blue light and to lessen the yellow light that you see. The extra blueness that your eyes see means that the clothing visually looks whiter. These chemicals are all impregnated in the fabric and if you are out in sunlight it can cause irritation and people with skin sensitivities are suggested to avoid these chemicals. Some of the other terms that companies will use for Optical brighteners are Fluorescent Brightening Agents Fluorescent Brighteners Fluorescent Whitening Agents Enzymes There are some that say that enzymes are irritating to sensitive skins and other studies have said there was no increase in skin irritations. At Red Star we are not scientists but what we do know is that when it comes to sensitivities - LESS is More If they are not needed in your washing powder then it is one less ingredient that you could potentially react to SLS Now this is an ingredient that causes confusion. It is used as a cheap foaming or sudsing ingredient and when it comes to cleaning - we all want to see suds and bubbles as this is what we perceive to be needed when cleaning and washing Is it safe? Why is it in so many products? Is is deemed to be a safe ingredient for personal care products that are not left on the skin, such as shampoo because it is rinsed off the skin This article explains more about SLS Chemical Safety Facts If it is is used in products that stay on the skin or can get onto food - then SLS is not recommended to be used When it comes to clothing - SLS can stay on the fabric if you are not rinsing properly and we at Red Star have better foaming ingredient options so we choose not to use it Fillers - Sodium Sulphate This is the most common filler is laundry powder and concentrations can vary from 5% to a whopping 45% It is used to keep laundry powder free flowing and to stay granular. It is a very cheap ingredient and is also used to add 'more product' to your product choices. It is generally viewed as a low hazard ingredient and for most this is true However people prone to skin irritations and asthma do react to this ingredient. It can be a difficult product to completely dissolve and be rinsed away when doing laundry and particles of it are often present on washed clothing - That white sediment on your clothing is usually undissolved filler It can also remain embedded in your fabrics and this sits against your skin causing irritation and if near your face it can cause bronchial irritation
We recommend to find a laundry powder that DOES NOT contain any of the irritants listed above. At Red Star we have left out all of the irritating ingredients and our Laundry Powder contains:
No Enzymes No optical Brighteners No Colours No Synthetic Frangrances
No SLS No Palm Oil No Petrochemicals We know that everyone's skin is different. It may take some trial and error to find a detergent that works for you. But we hope you may consider trying our Low Allergy Red Star Laundry Powder.