What do you want to put on your skin?

Kayla Howard Health, Self Care 4 Comments

What do you want to put on your skin?
by Ashley Haynes

Our skin is like a giant sponge that absorbs everything it comes in contact with, also pulling everything into our blood stream. It is our largest organ and is constantly renewing itself. It is imperative that we pay attention to our skin care products. A general rule I like to use is if I can’t pronounce it, I shouldn’t use it.

During the manufacturing process, commercial soap companies remove natural glycerin and replace it with harsh chemicals and detergents that can irritate the skin. They actually use the glycerin they remove in more profitable products like cosmetics, lotions and other moisturizers and even in the production of the explosive nitroglycerin. And naturally, you will buy those creams and lotions because your skin is so dry. What a great marketing technique!

Handcrafted soap generates natural glycerin. When glycerin is created, it is pure, healthy, provides deep moisturizing benefits and promotes elastic skin.

An especially great treat for skin is milk soap. Milk contains natural emollients, vitamins and triglycerides that moisturize the skin. Goat milk in particular has a pH balance similar to our own skin and contains a special moisturizer capric-capryllic triglyceride and alpha-hydroxyl acid.

Old skin cells are easily lost when exposed to alpha-hydroxyl acid (also known as lactic acid) therefore giving the skin a smoother texture and leaving it soft, silky and refreshed. Goat’s milk soap is known for its gentleness and especially great for those with sensitive or delicate skin and is particularly beneficial for babies.

Handmade soaps are not just for cleansing your skin. It also plays a very important part in skin care. Herbs and essential oils penetrate our skin and rejuvenate and nourish. Essential oils have been used for centuries as protection from disease and to treat illnesses and help with physical and spiritual needs.

I was becoming increasingly frustrated with my family’s skin care products. Everything dried our skin out, was expensive or just plain didn’t work. Handmade soap was one of those special little luxuries’s I didn’t allow myself to buy very often. Finally after researching for about a year, I braved making my first batch of soap. And I fell in love with the entire process: choosing scents, making creative designs, adding exfoliant, experimenting with colors and giving them as gifts. And Spunky Suds was born. Now I know exactly what is going on my skin, and in my body. I can feel good about using these bars on my children’s, and even my baby’s skin. Smell is our strongest sense and linked directly with vivid and long term memories. I am realizing more and more how critical this sense is to our feelings of vitality and enjoyment. I am doing whatever I can to create an environment with enjoyable scents for my family.

How about you? Are you tired of all the harsh chemicals that are in commercially produced “detergent bars or beauty bars”? Ingredients you can’t pronounce and synthetic chemicals? Handmade soap will leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed. The difference can easily be felt. Try a bar of handmade soap today! I am certain you will not regret it!

Ashley Haynes is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mother of 5.  She and her husband enjoy small scale farming with cows, horses, chickens and more.  She is inventor extraordinaire and owner of Spunky Suds providing natural, healthy and fun soaps for everyone!  Learn more: www.spunkysuds.com

Comments 4

  1. I just discovered your blog. I love it! It is an answer to prayer and just what I needed today. I’m a new subscriber. Thanks so much for your encouragement and dedication. Lisa~

    1. Lisa, thanks for much for stopping by! I’m happy to have you here–please let me know if you have any questions or you have something in particular you’d like help with. =) HUGS

  2. more and more people are getting into making their own supplies. I know I make my own healing salves and soaps and now just started on my own laundry soap made from scratch. At least we know what is in them and what is next and on our skin! Thanks so much kayla for your site! Sure did miss seeing you at the 2010 retreat! Thought of you when coming home to ND from Wa and passing through ID.
    getting back in the groove of tapping again.
    Sheryl lund from ND

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