So what’s the deal with Antibacterial soap, does it really work?

Regular hand washing with non-antibacterial plain soap removes bacteria and viruses by physical means. Plain soaps helps remove loosely adherent bacteria and virus. Plain old soap and water is effective at removing surface dirt, grime and germs. This is because soap is a surfactant- a solution that lifts crud, bonds with it, and allows it to be rinsed away with water.

Natural Handmade Soap
Natural Benefits of ingredients in handmade soap.

Antibacterial soaps do this as well, but are also promoted as “germ killing.” To do this, the antibacterial agent must be in contact with bacteria for approximately 20 seconds to be effective. Antibacterial soaps for household use generally contain the active ingredient triclosan at concentrations between 0.1% and 0.45% weight/volume. Triclosan has varying effectiveness across bacterial and fungal species, and is less effective against viruses.

Unfortunately, many people do not wash the required amount of time in order for the active agents in antibacterial soap to work. which potentially leads to bacteria with increased antibacterial resistance. There is also concern about the safety of some commonly used antibacterial agents (i.e. triclosan) because of their similarity to dioxins, and links to endocrine system disruption. Other concerns include the potential of triclosan to react with chlorine in tap water to form chloroform gas (a potential human carcinogen).

I’ll share the following that I found on Wikipedia: “A comprehensive analysis from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health indicated that plain handmade soaps are just as effective if not more effective as consumer-grade antibacterial soaps with triclosan in preventing illness and removing bacteria from the hands.” Some experts are now recommending reducing or even discontinuing the use of antibacterial household soap.

In summation the benefits of antibacterial soaps over plain soap have not been clearly proven and the data on its potential risks are conflicting. The actual risks posed by these reactions, outside the laboratory setting, are currently unclear. Based on existing studies handmade organic soap seems to be just as effective, if not more effective as commercially made antibacterial soap.

Why Use Natural Skin Care Ingredients?

100% All Natural Ingredients are better for your skin
100% All Natural Ingredients are better for your skin

The real advantage of using natural/organic over synthetic bath and body products is that they enhance the skin’s natural function; working in synergy with the skin by utilizing active ingredients that help optimize skin regeneration.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and research proves it is capable of absorbing up to 60% of the ingredients in the products we apply. The vast majority of bath and body products available today contain commonly-used synthetic ingredients such as Parabens and SLS; these synthetic ingredients have been recognized to cause irritation in some people and may have long-term damaging effects.

AhVi Fluer developed its range of products with hand selected blends of naturally derived ingredients and certified organic essential oils that have caring yet effective qualities.

An abundance of natural ingredients have been used in skin and hair care for many years, many of which are widely recognized for their genuine effectiveness in enhancing the health and vitality of the skin and hair.

Skin Types

Skin types include normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. Some people also have a combination of skin types in different areas of their skin. Your skin type can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type.

Skin types vary depending upon factors such as:
• Water content, which affects your skin’s comfort and elasticity
• Oil (lipid) content, which affects your skin’s softness
• Sensitivity level

The Basics of Skin Care:

These tips will help your skin stay healthier no matter its type.
• Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Avoid direct sunlight    and wear a hat and sunglasses.
• Don’t smoke.
• Stay hydrated.
• Wash your skin thoroughly every day with cold water and never wear makeup to bed.
• Moisturize your skin.

We hope that everyone understands the importance of knowing their skin type, so that we can care for our skin using natural/organic skincare products which will  help revitalize our skin and make us look magnificent.

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Sensitive Skin: 4 Important Steps on Cleansing

Sensitive Skin CleansingCleansing will be a challenge for those with sensitive skin or dry skin. Whereas washing and cleansing are absolutely necessary and vital for skincare, it can dry out or irritate the skin if it’s overdone. Individuals with sensitive skin react quickly to minor irritants, and sadly some soaps as well as the standard soap will contain several of them.

DON’T WASH TOO OFTEN:

Showering or bathing once daily ought to be sufficient for many individuals. This could vary for those that work labor jobs within the summer or have similar circumstance, except for most of the people that work in temperature controlled surroundings, the amount of dirt that accumulates is limited. Over washing usually dries the skin, leaving it susceptible to irritation and itchiness. For those with sensitive skin, this result is amplified.

DON’T USE HOT WATER:

Hot water is rough on the skin, and drains the MOISTURE. Long hot baths get the blood flow going, and additionally quickly weaken the skin, inflicting itchiness and irritation. Use lukewarm water to wash, or better, shower, and limit the length of time in the shower. Short, warm showers once daily or once in 2 days is best.

AVOID SCENTED SOAPS:

Many types of soap contain irritants. Scented soaps are particularly problematic for those with sensitive skin. Fragrances are the foremost common ingredients to irritate skin, and they are in soap as well as cosmetic products. Use liquid organic cleansers and delicate organic soaps, ideally ones that are specifically designed for sensitive skin.

MOISTURIZE:

Moisturizing is vital to forestall dryness of the skin from being out of hand. Opt for moisturizers that are organic and fragrance free. Apply moisturizers directly after showering or bathing, before you dry off the skin fully. This can make sure that the moisture is locked in.

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