We’ve all heard about food banks but what about Beauty Banks? Every day essentials are donated to a non-profit organisation that help those who may not always be able to afford them, such as shampoo, soap, deodorant and sanitary products. Is society finally listening and helping those in need?
Battling hygiene poverty is something 2018 can only dream of doing and so, society has made those dreams into a well-deserved reality. Beauty PR and journalist Jo Jones set up the organisation with over 40 years- experience within the industry, knowing first-hand the effects of expensive hygiene products. She found out that as many as 37% of Britain went without or sacrificed hygiene products for other necessities such as food or shelter before the Beauty Banks were launched!
We finally have support for the girls who may not be able to constantly afford over-priced sanitary or basic toiletries. Feminism and other equality movements have finally been heard and we can help donate products to anybody who may need them, knowing they will definitely be used for a better quality of living standards.
Not being able to have the right products needed for a hygienic lifestyle, girls can miss out on school or ladies miss days from work due to sanitary protection or even the embarrassment or worry of poor self-hygiene can cause many extra worries and health complications. As well as physical health being affected, mental health can be affected for those who struggle socially as a result of low hygiene, odours or physical health issues. For many of us, we take for granted the basic necessary products that keep us clean and healthy whilst forgetting about those who may not be able to usually access them, however as a society we can finally help and support our boys and girls that need them most.
“Clean hair, skin and teeth are a right, not a privilege. Personal hygiene – while not a matter of life and death – is crucial for our dignity, self-respect, personal pride and mental health” The Pool.
Beauty banks are relied upon for many charities and homeless shelters, all requiring products such as:
-Moisturisers and chap sticks
-Make up and cosmetics
So Britain, I’m calling for you. Let’s help our society and donate to our local homeless shelters, food banks or directly Beauty Banks:
The Communication Store
2 Kensington Square
Images: Glamecheck.com, Flare.com, The- Pool.com, Boulder Shelter, Upstreamdownstream.org
Text: Ellie Botti