jumping in the shower, gently rubbing the soap into your skin, enjoying the water while it sprinkles down your face and body gives a joyful moment of a feeling of cleanness and freshness. But then after the shower, you feel a bit itchy, grabbing the lotion on the counter and applying the creamy mixture with its natural scent makes the experience complete. Some of us might not have that experience, why? That is what we will talk about today.
Our skin is the largest organ we have. It covers our whole body and keeps our internal organs in place and protects them like a -blanket. Although our skin has this great function of protecting us, it is also vulnerable to be attacked by radicals and other harmful elements. Most of the harm that damages our skin comes from the outside and some from the inside too. Nourishing and keeping our skin clean with soap, and shower gels is not enough, we have to maintain proper and healthy hygiene to protect our outer garment which protects our inward organs.
Skin-care is about taking care of our skin from the inside out and vise versa. Everything we consume surfaces on the skin. A lot of conditions can be diagnosed by just looking at the skin. For example, A doctor might ask a patient if they smoke! Why because smokers usually suffer from dry and dehydrated skin. Also, medication has a significant effect on our skin; therefore, if we are taking medication, we have to keep a watch on changes on our skin so we can either stop or change the medicine. Also! Watching what we eat is very important if we want to maintain or restore healthy skin. Drinking up to 31 0z (90 ml) of water daily keeps our skin hydrated and healthy. Water is the number one cleanser inside out.
Knowing what type of skin you have, and knowing how your skin reacts to certain ingredients is crucial. Sometimes our skin acts positively or negatively towards a particular soap, gel, or cream. There could be many reasons. If you have sensitive skin it’s always best to do a patch test on a small nonvisible area before applying it all over the body. Our skin changes over time and it can always develop an allergic reaction, so even if we don’t have sensitive skin it’s a good idea to try the product first.
Some skin reactions are rashes, burn, itch, acne, dandruff, eczema among many others. Our skin can also reject organic products because we might be allergic to some ingredients in the product. Although many companies write that their products are sensitive, and dermatologist tested, there is no guarantee it will work for you. One product does not always work for all.
make a list of ingredients your skin rejects that will help you choose your products easier.
Stop using the product immediately if you encounter any of the above reactions.
I have watched and studied my skin well and know what it needs and what it can work with. I change the products I use every now and again because studies and ingredients, as well as my skin, change all the time. The price and brand of a product do not determine my choice, the ingredient is what is important to me.
Did you know that damaged skin caused by bruises, cuts, and other skin infections is a door for bacteria and viruses to enter our body and attack the rest of our organs? Proper skin hygiene thus removing dead cells, product residue, and bacteria is essential to good hygiene. Too much scrubbing and over-cleaning can also be damaging, so keep a healthy balanced routine. while we want to keep our skin clean, we also want to make sure we keep the natural fats and oils that protect the skin. I prefer to use natural and chemical-free cleansing soaps and shower gels that support the natural function of the skin.
Soaps and shower gel:
I am personally a big fan of natural soaps especially those that are handmade, vegan, and suitable for use on hair, face, and skin. If it is right for hair and face is also good for the whole body although I only use soap for my skin, I appreciate the fact that it is good for the face and hair too.
After patting it dry, I apply body-oil, lotion, or cream depending on the season. Soap is not everyone’s thing. People have told me they get dry skin when they use soap. That is true in my case too, and I have dehydrated skin, that’s why it is essential to use natural handmade-soap if you like to use soap.
Shower gel vs. body wash: Some people prefer shower gels or body wash over soap. Both shower gels and body washes are detergents or soap-like and are chemically different than soaps. They have sodium Hydroxide mostly perfumed and have less fat than soaps, Shower gel is thicker and firmer than the wash. It may contain exfoliating ingredients like sea salt earth and has a stronger scent like lemongrass and fresh ocean when you open the bottle Body-wash is thinner, creamy like dish-soap, has a milder scent, and has ingredients that are suitable for hydrating the skin.
Shower-gel is more suitable for the summer because the skin is already hydrated while the body-wash is ideal for a cold, dry climate. Both shower gels and body wash have a lot of water and fragrance in them that can cause dry skin. If you are prone to have dry skin make sure, the ingredients are skin-friendly.
If you have an injury, disinfect it and then cleanse your skin with a mild detergent. Because darker skin is prone to get scares after skin damage, we must care for scares and shaded areas by applying essential oil like myrrh and Lavender-essential oil; it helps heal, disinfect and stop the itch. Below you can read a little more about essential-oils.
Bath and bubbles:
We all love a bath once in a while. There are many benefits to taking a bubble bath. It releases stress after a hard day of work, relaxes the muscles, defuses tension, and softens the skin so we can scrub the dirt off. Regardless of the reason, we need to prepare our bath and add the right ingredients such as bobble soup, essential oil, or sea salt.
We should stay in the bath for no longer 15-20 minutes in order for our skin to suck in the ingredients. We must make sure the components of our soap, oil, and salt are of natural origin. We want to get out of the bath feeling better than when did before we got in. Whatever our skin absorbs goes into our system. A fragrance is beautiful, but it should be safe too.
As a bath is more relaxing, you should have a shower after your bath. Taking a bath once to twice a week in the winter is sufficient, less in the summer. Too often is not healthy for the skin.
salts are perfect for relaxing the muscles after a long day or workout.
Sea-Salts (mixed with special-herbs or essential-oils) are suitable for both relaxing and skin.
Essential-oil bath mixes are great for tense diffusion and relaxation. You can mix your bath ingredients by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil with two-three tablespoons of sea salt.
Exclusive alcohol bath mixes are for skin treatments.
Bobble bath soaps are fun and relaxing. Make sure they are a mix of natural ingredients.
Shower and Bath utensils:
For the shower: I prefer natural products like the Loofah over synthetic or plastic-made shower sponges. They not only naturally clean off dirt and remove product residue but exfoliate, leaving the skin feeling soft, healthy, and clean.
Remember! natural products have to be cleaned regularly since they can hold bacteria. The Loofah, can be soaked in water with a little light-bleach and then washed out thoroughly and put out to dry. Change the Loofah at least once a month.
You can keep your shower sponges and brushes (natural or synthetic) bacteria-free if you avoid using the same utensils for the genital and under the arm area.
Lotions and body oils:
We like to smell fresh after a shower or bath! Most body-oils and lotions have a scent, so using a non-scent product is usually better if we are planning on putting on a perfume. We don’t want to mix too many scents and end up having a funky smell because the scents don’t complement each other. One or two drops of your favorite essential oil in a non-scent lotion will give you the scent you want.
TIP: 1 TS of vegan coconut oil, 1 big spoon of shea butter mix with two drops of your favorite essential oil works wonders. Apply on damp skin after shower or bath.
Tip: for shower or bath, non-scent or deficient scent use:
- Soap or shower gel (scent-free)
- Lotion or body-oil (essential-oil mix)
- Deo (scent-free)
- Perfume (apply on cloth, not on the skin)
Just make sure that only one of the above highlighted is the main scent. Abstain from using the essential oil and perfume at the same time.
Lotions and creams
Lotions and creams are a tricky thing. Companies promise that their product fulfills your skin’s needs. Not all dry, sensitive, and oily skin is the same, so not all products meet that promise. Our lifestyle, where we live, nutrition, medication, and well-being, has a significant impact on our skin and the effect of the product we use. Generally, I would always try to use products that are organic and fit for my skin type.
It is very important to watch the reaction of your skin to specific products and avoid using them. If you have sensitive skin and the product is new to you, try a sample and make a patch test.
Essential-oils is a concentrated hydrophobic liquids containing volatile (the natural evaporated liquid) drove from plants. Essential-oils have been around for centuries. They have and are still being used for healing, curing, medicine, cosmetics, Aromatherapie, Massage, Parfüm, and SPA. Although essential-oils are used as a basis for many products and medicine, we still do not know much about their power.
for a shower spa: 1 tablespoon natural shea-butter, 1 small spoon of coconut oil, and two drops of your favorite essential oil make your skin soft and fresh.
It is always good to have some essential-oil at home. For beginners, you can start with a collection of 3-4 oils that you can use for primary household medicine, to defuse odor using a diffuser and skin-care.
You can add two to four drops of the essential oil to natural shea-butter, to a non-scent lotion or cream, or add it to your bathwater. For example, Pure Shea-butter has a unique scent that is a bit challenging. Still, if you warm it up a little (put the glass-container in warm water) and add a drop of rose-essential oil (or any essential oil you prefer) in it, the shea-butter would smell like a rose or the oil you added.
I personally use my favorite essential oils in a defuser as well as making my own mixes:
Lavender essential oil: I use that for the diffuser in the evening or mix it with some coconut oil and rub my feet before bedtime, which helps to relax and sleep well.
Myrrh essential oil: It has a unique smell (can be unpleasant for some). I use it for anti-aging for skin discoloration and add a drop or two to my facial night-cream. It also helps with dry spots on my skin.
Frankincense essential oil: a very well-known old oil, sometimes used in churches. I use that for my diffuser, it’s calming and relaxing.
Lemongrass oil: I use that for the diffuser to help ease headaches, inflammation, and general wellbeing.
Very important: Essential-oil has to be pure and organic if the oil is mixed or water down it can do more harm than good.
hand wash and care
These days washing our hands and using sanitizer all day can make our skin very dry breakage and dull. Most hand-creams offer just a temporary relief that is greasy and not lasting. Moisturizing our hands regularly with a refreshing, hydrating, and quick-absorbing hand-cream that both nourishes our skin and nails is very important. Tropical hand cream ingredients include Petroleum jelly, lanolin, shea butter, and mineral oil. Some lotions are both good to use for the hand and body. These are especially useful when on the go. When leaving the house you have to have that on your list. I ignored it too many times and it took a long time to get the skin on my hands soft and beautiful.
Soap shower gel and hygiene are essential to our well-being. Sometimes we have days where we feel frustration and stress more than other days. A quick shower or a soaking bath can help a great deal. The soaps, shower-gels, or shower-creams especially if they are organic can give us enough energy to refresh and regain strength. Our body is made up of 95% of water so it is natural that we are driven towards enjoying the feel of it.
Stay healthy stay safe