So let's talk a little about the WHY when it comes to removing toxics from your body.
I bet you never think about your lotions, deodorant, shampoo, makeup, candles, and well the list is quit long causing you health issues. Spoiler Alert! Its sad but true most of the nice smelling products and products that leave your skin and hair soft are more than likely loaded with toxic synthetic chemicals.
Those Damn Chemicals
Chemicals in which cause numerous diseases or serious conditions.
Synthetic chemicals change the pH of your skin. Healthy skin pH is 4.5 and 5.5. Most traditional soaps will have a pH around 9. Neutral is generally at 7.
So what does that mean to you? It means the soap is too alkaline therefore it will change the pH of your skin. Resulting in your skin pretty much getting stripped of any natural oils it holds leaving your skin dry and raw. Yucko!
All You Need in Love and pH Strips
Don't fret you can check the pH of your soap and find out if you should toss it or not. Any health food store or the amazing Amazon has pH test strips.
- Distilled water
- pH test strips
- Your soap
Pour the distilled water over your soap and lather up. Place the pH strip on the wet soap making sure the strips get soapy water on it.
Boom! Now you know what your next step is. Trash it or go shopping for new soap.
Still not convinced?
Some ingredients in soaps are not too bad but when combined with other types of ingredients then they lose their goodness. If a chemical needs to be handled with goggles and gloves do you really want to put it on your skin?
Skin stripping chemicals found in soap:
- Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate
- Sodium Tallowate
- Sodium Palmitate
- Sodium Strearate
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Sodium Cocoate
- Sodium Palm Kernelate
Good ingredients that join the dark side:
- Lauric Acid
- Stearic Acid
The Soap I Use
My soap of choice is African Black Soap. This soap has Oats, Aloe, and Vitamin E added. Now this is a good recipe for the skin.
- African Black Soap Base
- Coconut oil
- Butytospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
- Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
- Plantain Extract
- Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Mineral Pigment or Vegetable Color
- Natural Fragrance with essential oil
This soap is used to treat eczema, blemishes, oily skin, psoriasis, and other skin ailments. Nubian Heritage's African Black Soap (I use) combines Shea Butter's healing and hydrating properties with the ancient medicinal properties of palm ash, plantain peel and tamarind to balance and resolve problem skin. Their deep cleansing formula aids exfoliation revealing radiant, fresh, even and healthy-looking skin.
The Results Are
I tested the pH for the African Black Soap and it was around 7.5. Not too bad and all the ingredients are organic Win! Win!
Less Is Better
I strive to purchase products with the least amount of ingredients. And ingredients I am familiar with. I strongly encourage you to start if you haven't.
The best way to start integrating this in your life is by taking baby steps. If you try to change everything all at once you'll be so overwhelmed that you may forget why you even started changing in the first place.
Each week change one thing. It'll be easier on you and your bank account.
You got work to do, so get to it. Actually, I have some work to do. Gotta design some Glam for the shop.
Be Strong. Be Sassy.