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This time of year people head in droves to stores looking for dry skin treatment and relief. After winter has set in, the humidity plummets in the house and eventually sucks the moisture out of your skin. So what's a dried up, flaky, cracked, itchy, red, scabby, person suppose to do? Try using real soap for a natural dry skin treatment routine.
So what is natural and real soap? Well to start, it doesn't come from a test tube or chemistry set. What it should come from is plants. Historically ingredients in soap were oils and animal fats, some salts and ash and presto...soap. There really is no need for using animal fats today. There are too many wonderful oils (like olive) that can and should be used. Real soap should have the basic ingredients without the added unnecessary chemicals that sneak into our products. Look for few ingredients on the label, preferably organic. The ingredients should be something you can actually understand and don't need a dictionary or google to figure out. Avoid ingredients that have petrolatum (bottom of the oi barrel) and fragrance.
Using natural soap for treatment on dry skin removes the dirt gently without the irritants that wreak havoc with dry skin. Ideally look for a heavy fatted soap or fatty soap with great density. Additional ingredients for dry skin include shea butter. Some people might complain that the soap leaves the skin greasy, but if your skin is really dry, that's exactly what you want.
So back to ingredients. To make a point, compare these 2 ingredients lists:
Soap Number 1 - Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate, Water, Sodium Isethionate, Coconut Acid, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Sweet Almond Oil, Rosewood Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trisodium Etidronate, BHT, Cedarwood Oil, Rose Oil, Disodium Cocamido-MEA-Sulfosuccinate, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Soap Number 2 - Saponified Organic Coconut, Organic Palm & Organic Olive Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Water, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Natural Rose Fragrance, Salt, Citric Acid, Vitamin E
Now...which one would you want to eat? No, really. Remember your skin is absorbing this stuff. It's going into your blood stream. So ask yourself when you look at ingredients, would I eat this? That should be your bottom line. In case you are wondering which soaps these are? Soap number 1 is Dove Beauty Bar for Sensitive Skin. Number 2 is Dr. Bronner's. These and many more ingredients can be found on www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.
By omitting irritants and using natural, real ingredients, you are on your way to beating dry skin. There are so many locally made, natural , high density, fatty , home-made, yummy soaps out there to choose from, and they are worth every penny. So for dry skin natural treatment, stick to real soap and feel the difference.
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