The Benefits of Clays & Additives For Your Skin
Cosmetic Clay Additives for Skin Care & Soap
The absorbent properties of this cosmetic clay works to remove excess oil, and sebum as well as calm inflamed breakouts. Bentonite clay comes from volcanic ash and is rich in minerals including calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, potassium and iron. Because of these minerals, bentonite clay works to detoxify, pulling not only excess oils, but chemicals and heavy metals out of your skin.
Brazilian Purple Clay
Brazilian Purple Clay is a premium cosmetic clay due to it containing a unique blend of magnesium, titanium, silica and iron minerals which comes from sedimentary rocks. This combination of minerals also exfoliates, removes dead cells and excess oil. It also however helps detoxify the skin and leave the skin looking younger.
French Green Clay
This clay helps tighten pores as well as tighten and firm your skin while removing impurities and excess oils. Similar to bentonite clay, french green clay removes impurities, tightens pores, and works to tone the skin. This cosmetic clay also works for exfoliation, reducing inflamed acne breakouts and softened dry and rough skin.
Perfect for dry and/or sensitive skin, kaolin clay is a gentle exfoliant that removes impurities without removing your skin’s natural oils while helping control oily skin and toning. Kaolin is also a natural detoxifier and helps to soothe rashes and skin irritations.
French Rose Clay
Rose clay removes dead skin, toxins & excess oils, reduces inflammation, tightens pores, and fades pigmentation. This cosmetic clay works as a skin polisher, gently exfoliating, reducing the look of pores, puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines and leaves your skin looking radiant with a youthful glow.
Milk Additives for Skin Care & Soap
Coconut milk contains a lot of vitamins and is used for moisturizing the skin, treating sunburns, relieving dryness, itchiness, swelling and redness of the skin as well as fighting the signs of aging. Coconut milk is also a mild exfoliate and good for removing makeup.
Used for thousands of years in soap, Goat Milk's high concentrations of saturated and unsaturated fats makes it the perfect additive. Soap made with goat's milk leaves the skin gently exfoliated and feeling soft and nourished. The lather from the bar feels creamier with a great amount of bubbles. This ingredient is also rich in fatty acids and cholesterol which make up a lot of our skins membrane. When we lack these things, our skin feels dry and irritated - itchy, scratchy. Using soap made with goats milk can help replenish these components. Also helping our skin feel nourished is the milks source of both vitamin A and selenium. The vitamin A helps with anti-aging while the selenium supports the skin membrane and may even help soothe dermatitis issues such as eczema and psoriasis.
Salt Additives for Skin Care & Soap
The most commonly known benefit of Epsom Salts is its ability to help soothe tired and sore muscles. Also known as magnesium sulfate, epsom salt is a blend of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen and it is this unique blend that works so well for therapeutic uses and alternative treatments. These include exercise recovery/ reduction of sore muscles and cramps. It reduces pain and swelling which can help with healing things like inflammation, shaving nicks and scratches. Magnesium also works to help with falling asleep as well as helping to reduce stress.
Himalayan salt can come in a few different colours and are coloured by the trace minerals that they contain, all of which are beneficial. Himalayan salt can be used to help treat acne, psoriasis, eczema, soothe insect bites, exfoliate and works great to detoxify your skin.
Sea salt exfoliates, detoxifies, restores skin's natural ph balance, fights acne-causing bacteria, restores your skin's natural oil balance, and some studies have even found positive results for those with eczema. Sea salt is also filled with and provides skin with many vitamins and minerals that it needs to be healthy.
Other Skin Care & Soap Additives
These ingredients do not fall under categories such as cosmetic clays, milks or salts.
Benefits of activated charcoal include treating oily skin, reducing pore size, firming and tightening skin. Activated charcoal prevents premature ageing, clears skin blemishes, treats psoriasis and dandruff.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is used to moisturize skin, soothe burns, relieve inflammation and naturally kill acne causing bacteria. It can also help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles and improve healing.
Colloidal Oats have been proven to provide relief to dermatitis conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It has both moisturizing and antioxidant properties, which fight free radicals in your skin, it prevents the development of wrinkles and keeps skin smooth and supple. **This is different than Organic Oats due to how finely the oats are ground. If you were to rub a small amount of colloidal oats between your fingers, you will see it is so fine, it feels like silk. Contrary, doing the same action with organic oats, even ones finely ground up, feel gritty in comparison. You will often see colloidal oats in things like lotions and creams as you get the premium benefits of oats without a gritty feel to the end product.
Honey is a natural humectant which means that it draws moisture to the skin. There are also studies that show that honey has healing effects for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Honey can lighten the skin, evening out skin tone and helping to diminish dark spots as well as diminish the look of scars and even help to treat acne.
Jojoba beads are a very gentle exfoliate perfect for all skin types. Due to their smooth shape, they are a preferred exfoliant for anyone with super sensitive skin. Made from jojoba oil with is technically a liquid wax, these beads can eventually melt if used for massage.
Organic oats are used in soap for a lot of beneficial reasons including but not limited to relieving skin irritation & itching, natural exfoliation, treat acne and remove excess oil from oily skin, treating dark circles, dark spots & removing wrinkles as well as moisturizing your skin. Note, not all natural skin care uses organic oats. Woolly Bath however only uses organic oats in any products where oats are listed as one of the ingredients.
This powerful vitamin is a thick oil which applied topically can help heal wounds, reduce the look of scars, help restore cells after sun damage and fight free radicals that help protect the skin from damage. It is the perfect addition for dry skin and often found in high-end skincare products and eye serums. Vitamin E also pulls toxins from the skin and should be avoided for use on skin that has been newly tattooed. Many makers us vitamin E as a preservative as it can extend the shelf life.
Please note, this is NOT a preservative and any lotions, creams, face masks (any product that includes water outside of soap) you purchase from other makes that do not contain an actual preservative must be used up within 1-2 months from the date it was made. All lotions, creams, and mask products made by Woolly Bath contain a preservative called Optiphen Plus.
Optiphen Plus is a liquid preservative that protects from yeast, mold and bacteria and is free of paraben, formaldehyde and halogens. Made from Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid.