For years I've been plagued with those pesky little bumps on the back of my thighs and arms. I've been told it was acne, dry skin and allergy reaction. It turns out there is a condition called Keratosis Pilaris; which is an inflammation of the clogged hair follicle. Normally we just call it a hair bump. The key is to unclog the follicle and reduce the inflammation. Want to read more about this condition?
Check out Natural Living Ideas article: www.naturallivingideas.com/get-rid-of-keratosis-pilaris/.
I've found that the use of salt scrubs cuts down on this significantly. You can either make your own or purchase ours Body Polishes & Scrubs. Apply scrub to wet skin in circular motion, rinse and pat dry. To detoxify the follicle the application of a mask especially formulated for this purpose to affected area 1x a week. Activated Charcoal, French Green Clay, Kaolin Clay and Bentonite Clay are some of the best natural detoxifying agents that would be beneficial.
Lastly, to soothe inflammation, the application a non-pore clogging moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties reduce and close the problem pores. Below is a great DIY recipe that works great for many skin conditions.
DIY Soothing Skin Oil
1/2 cup Sunflower/Safflower or Almond Oil (Any light oil will work)
2 capsules Vitamin E oil
20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Blend ingredients together and place in an airtight dark glass bottle. Keep bottle away from light and heat. Apply a few drops of mixture 2x per day to affected area as needed.
In our final part in our 4 part series on ingredients in your natural bath and body products - we're talking about oils.
It has been ingrained DEEP in us that oil and fat is BAD for you. But in most cases and specifically in skin care - this simply isn't true. As a Soap Maker, there are many many oils, butters and fats at my disposal to formulate products. Some oils make massive bubbles in soap and even work in salt water like coconut oil, while others add a protectant layer to skin in moisturizers like cocoa butter. Some oils are healing and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by improving elasticity and plumping the skin like Almond oil. Oil choice has always been a very individual preference like a baker’s choice in flour; we all have our personal favorites. For me, its coconut oil for soap and avocado oil for moisturizers, but being an equal opportunity artist - I select oils based on the benefit I am trying to achieve for each product. For instance if I am trying to create a vegan product, I refrain from using any type of animal fat such as lard or tallow (you’ll notice that a lot of commercial bars will list sodium tallowate as a main ingredient). If I want to create a product for acne prone skin, I will use oils that are anti-bacterial and sebum regulating like safflower and argan. There are numerous skin and hair loving oils out there and it’s all a matter of preference and purpose.
Many people assume that oils and butters clog pores and should be avoided, but this is a true myth in most cases (I love this myth busting article by Alternative Medicine Magazine - Beauty Myth Busters). Some oils are very close to the chemical make-up of the skin’s sebaceous glands while others literally regulate the production of these oils. It is not unheard of to cleanse your face with certain oils opposed to drying soaps or cleansers. I have successfully cleansed with olive and coconut oil for years.
As a firm believer of “What goes on your body, goes in your body”, the purity of oils is of the upmost importance. As a general rule, we source our oils from vendors where oil sources are traceable and use organic sustainable oils whenever possible. By ensuring the quality of the oils going into products are pure, we can limit impurities going into the body and ensure the natural benefits and nutrients are available for the body.
Here's our list of some of our favorite oils and their properties:
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