I live in a house full of fair skinned people with blonde hair, so sunscreen is an absolute must around here. If we fail to apply or reapply during the course of the day, I come home with very burned babies. And, those burns today can lead into serious skin consequences later.
Since skipping is not an option, what is needed is something safe to use on the entire crew regularly. “I knew that sunscreen contained chemicals but was surprised at the amount of toxic chemicals listed in the ingredients.” This was not the direction I wanted to head.
“I have read many articles that actually show evidence that there is an increase in cancer when sunscreens are used. “ Instead, of chemicals, I chose to go with a more natural sunscreen option. A non-nano zinc oxide base provides the sun protection needed while the beeswax component makes it waterproof which is vital when dealing with kids.
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I have to protect my kids wherever I can. That means sunscreen even when they do not want it. And it also means choosing sunscreen which protects their skin instead of adding chemicals which could be dangerous in the long run. It is just worth it to take a more natural approach.
PHOTO: Shira Gal – Wear Sunscrean https://www.flickr.com/photos/miss_pupik/
A Bath, A Bath, My Kingdom For A Bath
Personal hygiene is an important part of how we take care of ourselves and how the world sees us. There are many components to consider. One vital part of our personal hygiene regiment must be how we care for our skin. Skin is seen and felt on such a regular basis that its care is vital to how we are perceived.
“A good bath once or twice a day is recommended.” It keeps us fresh and feeling our best. “You can use a bath sponge for scrubbing.” but do keep in mind skin is delicate so harsh or abrasive materials should be avoided. And of course, no bath would be complete without the key components of soap and water. The soap you choose can certainly lend significantly to the bath experience.
A warm bath with a great soap leaves you ready to take on the world again. It rejuvenates the mind as well as the body. “Drying with a clean towel is important.” Removing excess water from the surface of the skin helps keep the warm feeling even after the bath has ended.
A bath is one simple way you can treat yourself to a little pampering every day. It allows some quiet time to reflect and relax from the bustle of the world outside. It may just become the best part of the day.
PHOTO: Ben Smith – Me Time https://www.flickr.com/photos/dotbenjamin/
Getting Back to Soap Basics
It has been around for thousands of years. We use it every day. We trust it with our health and the health of our family. Of course, we are talking about soap and like most other things, it is the simplest soaps which serve us the best. This means with soap, it is time we get rid of the extra hype and get back to the basics.
“Created from the numerous variations of ingredients, all soaps have two main ingredients – animal or vegetable oils/fats and an alkaline solution that enables the process of saponification.” In ancient Babylon soap was made from boiling animal fat with water and ash. If the process really so simple, what exactly is the list of ingredients on the back of those big commercial brands? Big name brand soap companies think they need to add chemicals to make the soap lather more or last longer. And, the result is an entirely different product than what we started out with.
The best choice in soap is a product of natural ingredients, handmade. All natural soaps return to the simple way of making it right without chemical add ins. It gives us clean, healthy skin without the toxic trade off which comes with commercial soaps.
Our Version Of Liquid Soap ;)
When it comes to soaps, most of us fall into one of two categories: bar people and liquid people. Sometimes we find one is just better for the, "job at hand". When you start looking into natural soaps, mostly what we find tends to be bars, but let’s face it, sometimes a liquid would be a nice convenient alternative. The solution is as simple as a pot and a bottle!
You can easily transform your favorite natural bar into a liquid alternative with just a few simple steps. “In a liquid soap world, bar soap just feels so wrong sometimes! “ It takes 8-10 cups of water, a bar of your favorite soap, a grater, whisk, beater, and some patience. In almost no time, you’ll have a liquid version of the pure, natural soap you love.
This method allows you to transform any bar you like into the “body wash or hand soap” that you’ll love. It also allows you the versatility to choose your favorite natural soaps to nourish your skin while still giving you the convenience of liquid soap you desire. It lets your skin and your luffa fall in love with your soap again. It's a win any way you wash it.
PHOTO: Martin Waugh – Liquid Sculpture http://www.liquidsculpture.com/
All Natural Baby?
You want what is best for your baby. You buy car seats and cribs. You look at all the latest information on the latest and best options in child rearing. Then, you lather our little darlings in chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphate which can strip skin of vital natural oils and cause irritation to their delicate skin.
Wait, can that be right? This sounds like some kind of crazy torture. And no one would knowingly want to harm their baby’s tender skin. Perhaps you know this ritual by another name. You likely call it bath time at your house. If you are using commercially available soap on your baby, this is probably a very accurate description of your daily routine.
So, what can a parent do? Simply switch to natural soap. “By making homemade soap for kids, it gives you the liberty of using the ingredients that you want to use and avoid the harmful chemicals like SLS.” You can create a soap which addresses the skin needs of your baby to make it a perfect fit for him or her. It is one little thing you can do to make everyday just a little more gentle for your precious bundle.
SOURCE: http://www.soapmakingideas.net/homemade-soap.html and http://www.naturalsoapwholesale.com/All-Natural-Baby_b_30.html
PHOTO: Takuma Kimura – PhoTones Works #148 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/photones/
Healthy Glow Naturally
We know there are a lot of choices on the market today for soap. They all seem to make big promises of softer skin, healthy glows, and amazing fragrance while still being mindful of sensitive skin. The truth is, most commercial soaps are harmful to the people using them and wreak havoc on sensitive skin. The only real solution for a soap you can trust to perform as it claims is a natural soap.
There are many people these days who deal with sensitive skin. And, most commercial soaps, no matter what claims they make, tend to exasperate the problem. “Natural soaps are recommended especially to people with sensitive skin.” This is because natural soaps do not use the harsh chemical components of commercial soaps. And, though cost may look higher initially, when you factor in what you will not need to spend on additional products to treat the sensitive skin issues, the savings in using natural quickly become apparent.
Natural soaps are ideal for personalizing. “The ingredients may include coconut oil, olive oil, aloe Vera or any other natural ingredients that fits your individual needs.” This provides a great range allowing you to give your skin exactly what it needs and nothing else. And, even without having it as a main selling point, the scent from the natural ingredients still gives that amazing fragrance without the chemical fillers.
PHOTO: tec_estromberg – Baby After Bath #34 https://www.flickr.com/photos/92334668@N07/
Coming All The Way Clean
We all want clean, youthful skin especially on our face. It is the first encounter people have with our skin and we want it to look its best. The problem is, commercially available soap may well be robbing your skin of the nutrients and moisturizers it needs to be healthy. What can you do to insure better skin? The answer is simple, find healthy alternatives to cleanse and condition our skin.
There are a large range of natural solutions to help restore your youthful glow and maintain it. “There are various natural ingredients that can be used in place of soap for effective, mild cleansing of the skin.” Items such as oatmeal, yogurt, sugar, honey, and milk make excellent alternatives to traditional face cleansers (We make many natural soaps that include these ingredients). These ingredients can be used separately or in various combinations to make a facial cleanser which is literally custom made for the needs of your specific skin.
We only get one face. The care we use to care for it shows in every interaction we have. The pictures we take will share our skin with the generations to come. It is entirely too important to leave to whichever chemical formula the big name companies are using. Your skin care is in your hands.
PHOTO: Petras Gagilas – Washing Face ***
Bob Walton, Marketing Manager +BobWalton