Oftentimes, we get more caught up in what celebrities with beautiful skin put their stamp of approval on versus whether a product is really beneficial or not. Many celebrities, such as Kerry Washington from the hit show “Scandal,” have been known to use Cetaphil as their go-to facial cleanser. I have to say, its not what it’s all cracked up to be.
After years and years of using the popular “dermatologist” approved facial cleanser Cetaphil, I have come to the conclusion that though it may seem like it’s working, it is doing more long term damage to my skin and body than good. This large container is made up of just eight ingredients: water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Everything but the water is chemically manufactured, and propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and three (yes THREE!) parabens are potentially cancer-causing. Which means, there is not a single beneficial ingredients in this cleanser.
So what is the alternative? Well, we all know that fruits are GREAT for you, but did you know that many fruits have natural acids that can be a miracle for clearing up skin nightmares such as dry patches, acne and large pores? Fruit is cheap compared to the mainstream chemical-filled facial cleansers that we use, making this skin care alternative both eco-friendly and affordable. While virtually all fruits are safe to use on your skin, strawberries and bananas are two that will treat your face with the most TLC.