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Top 5 Ingredients to Look For in a Natural Soap

Jul 9th 2015 at 7:16 PM

This is even become more evident as more professionals as well as celebrities are promoting all things “natural” when it comes to skin nutrition. As more and more brands are introduced in the market, consumers become more confused on what to choose. If you are on the prowl for the best one, it is important to remember that natural soaps are not created equal and not all handcrafted or homemade are all natural. Some contains synthetic fragrances or ingredients. When searching for a quality, if not the best, all-natural soap, here are some key ingredients to look for:

Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is not just for cooking. For centuries, this is a staple skincare ingredient to the Greek and Roman royalties. Rich in antioxidants, olive oil helps slow down aging.  It absorbs moisture from the air making it an excellent moisturizer. Olive oil also helps repair sun-damaged skin, shrinks facial pores, and relieves hard-to-reach areas from becoming dry.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter is another ingredient that one should look for when shopping for soaps or even for moisturizing body lotion. It penetrates the dermis to deliver deep moisturizing effects. Its efficacy in removing free radicals is noted by many professionals thereby promoting soft smooth skin. Containing large amounts of Vitamin E, this natural ingredient made from the fat of cocoa beans helps deliver skin growth, renewal and repair.

Shea Butter

When it comes to skin regeneration, the natural fat extracted from the shea tree seeds is considered to be one important ingredient in holistic skin care. Possessing anti-aging properties as well as high amount of vitamins A and E, this promotes skin cell regeneration and repair. Some Hawaiian soap, for instance often carry this ingredient as it protects the skin from imminent sun damage.



Essential Oils

Essential oils are extracted from plants and flowers. Lavender oil, tea tree oil, hemp oil, coconut or palm oil, avocado oil, jojoba and lemongrass oil are just some of the notable essential oils that promote healthier skin. The healing power of these essential oils helps reduce skin swelling, fight infection, promote healthy blood flow, and aids in skin regeneration. Any of these oils also act as a disinfectant leaving skin healthy and germ-free. Essential oils like rose petals and herbs also add all-natural fragrance to soap as well as to many moisturizing body lotion.

Milk

 

For liquid base natural soap and in body lotions, the ingredients found in milk help exfoliate and relieve the skin from impurities leaving it feeling smooth, silky and supple. Goat’s milk, for instance is a topnotch ingredient in handmade soaps. Loaded with enzymes, proteins and vitamin A, its creaminess adds certain richness to handmade soaps.

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