Tips to prevent dry skin

Now that we're all washing our hands more frequently to stop the spread of germs and viruses, including coronavirus, our hands are suffering. And with autumn now upon us - and with it, the wind and rain - more and more people are experiencing the pain and irritation that comes with dry, chapped hands. Find out what ingredients to look for, and avoid, in your skincare products to help prevent dry skin.

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Ingredients to look for

Natural glycerin

Glycerin is a humectant that draws moisture to the skin and provides a protective barrier to keep moisture locked in. There are two types of glycerin - naturally occurring and synthetic. Did you know that manufacturers of regular soap remove naturally-occurring glycerin during the manufacturing process and then add synthetic glycerin to the soap? So why remove natural glycerin and replace it with synthetic glycerin? The synthetic additive dries out the skin, so manufacturers use the naturally-occurring glycerin they removed from the soap in other products designed to moisturise the skin. That's why store-bought soap is harsh and drying on the skin.

Not so with our natural soap! Our bars contain naturally-occurring glycerin which is derived from the plant-based oils we use in our bars, including coconut oil and shea butter. As well as being 100% natural, our handmade soap is incredibly moisturising on your skin and won't clog your pores.

Natural plant oils

We use skin-loving natural oils such as Shea butter, rice bran oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, olive oil, and coconut oil in our products to nourish, moisturise and protect your skin.

Shea butter is a skin superfood that nourishes, slows down the signs of aging, and protects the skin's natural barrier, keeping skin moisturised and feeling soft and hydrated. Rice bran oil evens out skin tone, cleanses, softens, nourishes, and moisturises the skin. Lightweight and super absorbing, this linoleic-rich oil is also abundant in Vitamin E which helps to protect the skin from free radical damage. Coconut oil is an amazing natural oil that cleans, hydrates, and leaves skin feeling smooth and supple. Its antimicrobial properties help to protect the skin from free radicals and harmful bacteria.

Natural plant oils for natural skincare

Essential oils

Essential oils are extracted from flowers, herbs, leaves, and tree resin by the process of steam distilling. These pure oils are used in natural skincare products to give beautiful, natural scents, and for their well-known array of health and well-being benefits. Lavender essential oil is especially good for dry skin as it can help to balance out moisture levels. Also look out for products containing frankincense oil (great for cell regeneration) and geranium oil which balances, tones, and minimises redness.

Ingredients to avoid

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)

SLS is a chemical surfactant that is added to soaps, shower gels, and shampoos to create a good foamy lather with lots of bubbles - at the expense of moisturised skin. SLS is a skin-drying ingredient that is extremely harsh on the skin as it robs the skin of its natural moisture content.

Our natural soap is free from chemical toxins such as SLS, parabens, and phthalates. So how do we achieve lovely bubbles and a creamy lather in our soaps? We get our bubbles naturally, from coconut oil, castor oil, and rice bran oil.

Artificial fragrances

We all love that gorgeous scent we get from soap and shampoos - but did you know that most products contain artificial fragrances which dry out your skin? Artificial fragrances are a sensitizer, so if your skin is sensitive try to avoid any products which contain them, and instead opt for products that are made with natural essential oils, or are fragrance-free.

Our natural soap is made with pure essential oils for a beautiful scent and to enhance your well-being. If your skin is ultra-sensitive try our naked bar, Fresh Snow.

Artificial colours

Synthetic colourants are dyes made from chemicals. While these colours are attractive to the eye, they can be irritating, drying, and can even be absorbed into the skin. That's why we use only natural colourants such as plant roots, seeds, natural clays, and herbs to colour our products.

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