We get a lot of questions asking about the benefits of the ingredients we use in our soaps on our skin. We decided to write a blog about it so that this information is easily accessible. This article will list the commonly known benefits of the key ingredients used in our all natural handmade Ancient Secrets Soaps which have been inspired by Ayurvedic1 soap recipes. The list is not in any particular order.
Virgin Olive Oil:
Olive oil soap help with acne, stretch-marks, anti-aging and in reducing the occurrence of dry skin. Due to the presence of Vitamin A and E, as well as other anti-oxidants, free radical skin damage is prevented from occurring on skin.
Raw Shea Butter:
The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for the skin. It helps remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils. Due to its cinnamic acid, Shea butter is anti-inflammatory. Its lupeol cinnamate has been found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed into the skin, where they can be directly utilized for nutrition and energy. This provides all the energy your skin needs to heal and maintain itself. Coconut oil for acne benefits range from helping to kill acne causing infections, decreasing the look of acne scars and helping to prevent new ones, and alleviating inflammation caused by severe acne.
Bentonite Clay is a very popular healing clay that cleanses the body. This clay is made from minerals such as iron, sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium, formed from volcanic ash. Adding water to the clay in soap gives it a negative electric charge, which removes toxins from the skin. Clay works both internally and topically to help detox and clarify. It helps unclogs the skin pores and shrinks them, helps control the overproduction of sebum and draws out the toxins from the skin
Fuller’s Earth (also known as Multani Mitti):
Fuller’s Earth promotes oil balance, purifies & clarifies skin. Fuller’s earth is a type of clay that contains various minerals, including magnesium, quartz, silica, iron, calcium, calcite and dolomite. It has oil-absorbing, cleansing and antiseptic properties that make it very helpful in treating various hair and skin conditions, removing scars, absorbing excess oil from skin, treating acne and skin whitening by absorbing dead skin cells.
French Pink Clay:
French pink clay is a combination of red and white clays. It is considered to be the mildest of all the clays and works well for normal, sensitive and mature skin types. Its unique composition includes Kaolinite, Iron, Illite, Montmorillonite and Calcite. French Pink Clay can be used to cleanse and detoxify the skin, remove dead skin cells and create and overall refreshed appearance. It can also be used to treat acne and other skin ailments; poor blood and/or lymph circulation and sun damaged skin.
French Green Clay:
Green clay is said to exfoliate and extract toxins from your face and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. An added benefit of removing toxins and bacteria from your face is the reduction of acne.
All clays contain minerals that soothe skin and absorb excess oil, but the high levels of iron oxide in red clay explain why it’s particularly useful for purifying, brightening, and strengthening the skin. It is also rich in kaolinite, illite, montmorillonite and calcite making it a mineral rich natural cleansing clay.
Kokum Butter helps prevent drying of the skin, heal ulcers, heal fissures of the lips, hands and soles of feet. It helps regenerate skin cells and even reduces degeneration of skin cells. It is also a non-pore clogging (non-comodegenic) moisturizer.
Turmeric powder and Turmeric extract:
Turmeric has been utilized in many beauty products over the centuries. Its anti-inflammatory powers are used to reduce the signs of aging, exfoliate dead skin, clear the skin and ease eczema. With the seemingly countless benefits of turmeric, here are some great uses of the ‘magic spice’ for not only flawless skin, but amazing hair and health: Anti-Bacterial Agent, Anti-Aging, Improves Skin’s Elasticity, Lighten Pigmentation, Control Oily Skin.
Neem Oil and Neem Leaves Powder:
Neem oil has insecticidal properties, is antibacterial and antifungal, soothing and moisturising. Neem oil soap is a real treat for the skin, even for healthy skin. But skin problems are where it shines. Here are just some skin conditions where people have used neem soaps for centuries and with great results: Acne, scabies, psoriasis, ringworm, preventing infections and ulcers.
Neem contains Vitamin C, which helps in getting rid of skin problems like blackheads, pigmentation, dullness and aging, thus leaving the skin with a youthful glow.
Green Tea improves skin elasticity; reduces acne and balances excess oil. Green Tea is anti-inflammatory and contains an antioxidant known as polyphenols which fight against free radicals.
Aloe Vera is known for its skin healing and soothing properties. Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Additionally, in Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. Plus it is a great moisturizer.
1 Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems originating in India. In the U.S., Ayurveda is considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).