FAQ: Its just soap, why bother with natural?

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Do we eat just about anything being sold in the market? I bet all of us look at the way the food is prepared, the ingredients, hygiene levels before ordering food.  And if its junk food, we steer away quickly.

What we put on our skin requires just as much thought. Skin is the largest organ of our body and to take care of it requires that we keep it clean, balanced and let it breath.

Commercial soaps are like junk food. They have chemicals, fillers and colors added just to make the soap look good, not because those ingredients are good for our skin. These soaps are stripped off the natural glycerin even though it’s one of the best things for skin. This makes the skin dry and scratchy. The same glycerin is then sold back to us to treat the dry skin caused by such harsh soaps.

Swarnkrita Natural soaps have all ingredients chosen for their benefit to the skin, not just to beautify the soap. Natural products like glycerin remain in the soap to benefit the user. Instead of soaps made from synthetic chemicals , I prefer the ones made from natural ingredients.

Soap is even better than makeup, it makes the skin glow from the inside.

Elixir for the skin

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Coconut oil is really good for the skin. There are so many ways in which one can use coconut oil besides the good old champi of the head.

  1. Use it as a Moisturizer during the dry winter months.
  2. Massage with coconut oil is great not only for relaxing but also gives great benefits to the skin.
  3. Soften your heels or elbow skin with a gentle rub of coconut oil just before retiring to bed and see its benefits in just a few days.
  4. Chapped lips, don’t worry, warm 1-2 drops of coconut oil on your palm and gently dab your lips. No need to reach for that petroleum based jelly which blocks the pores and does more harm than good.
  5. The champi or head massage with warm coconut oil will take you to heaven. Make your worries fly away with a head massage from a loved one.
  6. You can remove those layers of makeup by dabbing coconut oil with a cotton swab and rinsing with lukewarm water.
  7. Coconut oil makes your skin soft and supple. Use it under your eyes to help repair your skin naturally.

With so many benefits associated with coconut oil, no wonder many people consider it to be an elixir for your skin.

Make it part of your beauty regime, Stay natural, Stay beautiful.

Guess what!!!

Our Skin in not neutral, unlike what the big soap companies would have us believe. It is actually a bit acidic. Essential requirement to fight all the germs and micro organisms floating around. Ph-neutral soaps have chemicals added to make it so, and this disturbs the acidic balance of our skin. Use natural soaps and let the skin show its magic.

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Bad Hair Days?

Hi Ladies,

Bad hair days can ruin the best of moments. But why do they occur?

The hair shaft or the outer covering of the hair is made up of lots of tightly packed overlapping scales, much like the way shown in the shampoo ads. Our scalp produces oil called sebum which coats the hair and helps keep these scales aligned as well as protect our hair.

When this oil balance is disturbed, the scales on the hair open and the hair swell, causing frizzy, brittle hair.

This imbalance can occur due to use of shampoos or caused by improper diet or stress. This is also a cause of hair breakage and hair loss.

Apple Cider Vinegar helps restore the natural acidity of the hair in the most natural way.

Apple cider vinegar is also anti-inflammatory, which can counteract the skin inflammation that typically occurs with dandruff and a dry, flaky scalp.

Apples are loaded with potassium, calcium and pectin, and fermentation adds even more beneficial enzymes. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is packed with all of these nutrients, so you can prefer it over filtered apple cider vinegar.

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1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in about 1 cup of water.

After shampoo, rinse your hair with this mix.

Let it sit for 1-2 minutes,

Rinse with water.

Don’t worry, as your hair dry, the vinegar odor goes away too, leaving you with shiny, clean hair.

Tip:

Just leave a plastic mug/cup with the bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar in the washroom. Wash your hair first, followed by the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. Let it sit in the hair for the rest of the bath. Rinse your hair as part of the shower itself.

Let me know what natural things you use to prevent bad hair days.

Frankincense & Cinnamon Soap

Hi Ladies,

Spent time today making a fabulous batch of Frankincense soap. Also added some fresh ground cinnamon to it. The result is this beautiful loaf of soap. Have a look at some pics of the making and cutting. Now the soap is sitting pretty and curing for atleast 3-4 weeks before it is ready to ship. Do let me know if you want to reserve some for yourself!!!

And keep watching this space for more info.

Stay Natural, Stay Beautiful .

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Hey Look what I found

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Hi Ladies,

Found this wonderful face scrub which is really easy to make and use. It leaves my face feeling so wonderful and lush.

Take half spoon Olive Oil, half spoon honey and two spoons of brown sugar. Add a few drops of lemon as well, if you feel like it.

Mix all of it together. Lightly scrub your face with it in circular motion.

Leave for a few minutes and then wash off.

Stay Natural. Stay Beautiful.

 

Detox your skin

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Skin comes in contact with pollutants on daily basis. On top of the dirt and bacteria it touches, skin also absorbs any chemicals in the soaps you use to wash yourself.

One look at the ingredients and you know which side is laden with chemicals. On top of these are the added artificial colors and fragrances to the commercial soaps.

Handmade cold process soaps not only cleanse the skin but also give the benefit of pure essential oils and moisturizing properties of butters added to them.

Choose Natural, Choose Pure, Choose Better.

Head to our page to know more and order.

 

Winter Skin

SYSkinWinter’s dry air takes a toll on our skin and strips it of all its moisture. Here are a few tips to rejuvenate the skin.

  1. Caffeine is a diuretic and makes our body rid itself of water. During winters, this causes the skin to dry out as our body does not have enough water to hydrate it. More so, the winter cold means we are drinking less water than normal which adds to the effect and leads us to the second tip 🙂
  2. Drink as much water as possible. In fact liquid in any form like a bowl of hot soup, a cup of milk, some juice in the morning, anything which adds up to our daily quota of liquids.
  3. Commercial soaps contain sulfates which strip our skin of the natural oil it produces to keep the skin moist and soft. While our skin may feel squeaky clean initially, it is actually too dry for this weather. Sometimes, our skin overcompensates by producing too much oil and we exaggerate the problem by repeating the cycle of washing with harsh, chemical laden cleansers. Use soft and mild soaps which are high on moisturizing oils and dont contain any chemicals.
  4. Oils like coconut, sesame etc are severely under-rated. Many times we consider applying oil as too old fashioned for our smart selves and instead resort to “upmarket” products. However, these oils are truly wonderful and make our skin moist from within. Ayurveda lists so many benefits of these oils. Coconut Oil and Castor Oil are readily absorbed by the skin and do not give the sticky feeling we sometimes associate with oils.

Try these tips and let me know any other natural ways you use to keep your skin moist and supple.

Natural Ways to Counter Dry Skin

Do you have dry skin? Are you looking for ways to counter cold weather?

Winters can be really harsh on your skin. It can make your skin dry and sensitive. Leading skin care brands market their chemical laden products as the only solution to dry skin. But that’s not true – these synthetic products do more harm than good to your skin.

Stay close to nature with these face cleansers.

  1. Mix one tablespoon honey, half tablespoon orange juice and quarter tablespoon olive oil. Mix well and apply on the face. Wash off with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.
  2. Bedtime Routine: Mix one tablespoon Castor Oil with one tablespoon Olive Oil. Massage well on your face for a few minutes. Soak a cotton swab in warm water and gently wipe the face with it.

If you skin feels dry, reduce the amount of castor oil and increase the amount of Olive Oil.

The castor oil helps take out dust from the skin pores Warm water will remove the excess oil as well as all this dirt.