The Science of Beauty – Why Are Some Things Beautiful? and Top Reasons to Switch to Organic Detergent
Science of Beauty and Organic Detergent
Why is it that some things are considered 'attractive' and other things are considered off-putting? What is it about clear skin in particular that makes someone seem like a better catch? And how can understanding the science behind this attraction help us to be more effective at improving our own looks?
This post will explore those concepts.
Evolution and Looks
The key to understanding the seemingly arbitrary set of rules that define attractiveness is to understand the role that evolution played in creating them.
Evolution you see, is all about survival of the fittest. It's about the traits that help us to stay alive longer and pass on our genes becoming more dominant. This also accounts for our 'tastes' when it comes to the opposite sex. People who choose evolutionary 'better' partners, are more likely to pass their genes more effectively.
In other words then, our desires and our tastes in men or women are dictated by the signals that suggest a higher chance of survival. We pick people who look healthy but we also pick people who seem to be resourceful, powerful and important. This way, we think that our children will be better cared for and will inherit more of those positive traits.
What Does Skin Have to do With It?
So with that in mind, where does healthy skin come in? What does this tell us about a potential mate?
For starters, healthy skin suggests a good diet. This in turn suggests access to resources that will benefit offspring and it suggests generally better health.
At the same time, healthy skin also suggests a good balance of hormones which might in turn suggest more virility and fertility.
Next up, healthy skin makes us look more symmetrical. Why is symmetry important? This part isn't actually clear but one theory is that symmetry suggests healthy cell division. The cells in our body reproduce by splitting in half to form two exact copies – a process called mitosis – and this occurs millions of times a day.
The problem is that the process doesn't always go completely smoothly. Sometimes, a small error will creep into the process, leaving the cells not quite identical. Normally this isn't a big deal but sometimes it can cause damage to integral parts of the DNA – and this is where cancer comes from. Cancerous cells then spread because they continue to split and reproduce and as a result the 'flaw' in that cell is reproduced throughout the body.
Organic Beauty = True Beauty
There are many more examples, but essentially beauty and health are very closely linked. And this is why organic beauty is the truest form of beauty. Organic beauty means making yourself healthier first so that your natural beauty shines through.
Choosing to focus on organic beauty and switching to organic cosmetics means replacing your skin masks, your moisturizers, and your makeup.
But it means more than that too! What about laundry detergent? While it’s not typically considered a “beauty product,” it still comes into close contact with your skin, and therefore can have a big impact on your health AND your complexion.
Why You Should Use Organic Detergent
What are the benefits of using an organic laundry detergent? What makes this a good option over and above what you might normally buy in a store?
Well, for starters, buying an organic laundry detergent means that you’ll be able to avoid using harsh chemicals in your clothing. This will right away mean that you are less likely to damage your health.
While most of us will use regular detergents every single day and be completely fine, that is not to say that they are completely safe and healthy. It may well be that the effect is very small but you are still putting yourself at unnecessary risk by choosing a synthetic product and you may still find that it can have negative impacts on the health of your skin.
The Problem With Conventional Laundry Detergents
That’s because most laundry detergents use a number of toxins and toxic ingredients that are used to really eliminate any and all germs and bacteria. These include a category of ingredients known as ‘surfactants’ which include a wide range of different chemicals. Some surfactants are known to release benzene, which is a toxin that is linked with cancer and reproductive disorders. Does this mean that using laundry detergent will give you cancer? Not at all. But it does mean they aren’t necessarily that good for you either. Other ingredients increase the likelihood of allergic reactions too. And the strange thing is that many of these ingredients don’t help with the cleaning at all – they’re just there to make the product look nicer and smell a bit better.
Then there’s the fact that using synthetic detergents can also be somewhat harsh on your clothes themselves. These are very astringent chemicals that can strip your clothes of their color and make the material go ‘bobbly’ over time. Using natural products on the other hand means that you are generally using gentler ingredients that can break up grime and kill bacteria without damaging the materials themselves.
Oh and of course, using organic laundry detergent will almost always save you money too!