Health Benefits of Handmade Soap
Handmade soaps and Goats Milk soaps from the cold process also differs from industrially made soap in that an excess of fat is used, beyond that needed to consume the alkali (in a cold-pour process, this excess fat is called “superfatting”), and the glycerine left in acts as a moisturizing agent. However, the glycerine also makes the soap softer and less resistant to becoming “mushy” if left wet. Since it is better to add too much oil and have left-over fat, than to add too much lye and have left-over lye, soap produced from the hot process also contains left-over glycerine and its concomitant pros and cons. Further addition of glycerine and processing of this soap produces glycerin soap. Superfatted soap is more skin-friendly than one without extra fat. However, if too much fat is added, it can leave a “greasy” feel to the skin. Sometimes, an emollient additive such as jojoba oil or shea butter is added “at trace” (i.e., the point at which the saponification process is sufficiently advanced that the soap has begun to thicken in the cold process method) in the belief that nearly all the lye will be spent and it will escape saponification and remain intact. In the case of hot-process soap, an emollient may be added after the initial oils have saponified so they remain unreacted in the finished soap. Superfatting can also be accomplished through a process known as “lye discount” in which the soap maker uses less alkali than required instead of adding extra fats.
Why Goat’s Milk Soap?
Pure Goats Milk Products have amazing moisturizing qualities and also contain alpha hydroxy acids such as, lactic acid which helps clean your skin. It works to strip dead skin cells and smooths out lines and wrinkles. It also can help to clear up problematic skin such as, eczema, dry-skin and acne caused by skin irritation.
Goats milk soaps are extremely great for your skin and it also contains cream which adds extra moisturizing qualities, vitamins and minerals and vitamin A which your skin needs to rejuvenate and replenish.
Goat’s milk soap delays signs of skin again due to its high content of alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid. Alpha-hydroxy acids break down dead skin cell bonds, removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and leaving behind new cells on the surface that appear smoother and more youthful.
Studies now show that goat’s milk is effective for treating acne and skin conditions. This is because goat’s milk has anti-bacterial properties that stop the spread of acne.
Goat’s milk soap does not contain harsh detergents or any additives such as alcohol, petroleum and preservatives. This reduces the possibility of skin irritation and allergic reactions. Many people with eczema and other sensitive skin issues can use goat’s milk soap without any problems.
Why you Shouldn’t use Chemically Manufactured Soap?
About Synthetic Soap – Much of the soap that you can buy in the store today is not really soap, but detergent or chemical cleanser. Detergents/chemical cleansers are a petroleum based product, like petrol and kerosene. Have you never noticed how regular soap that you bought five for five dollars leaves your skin feeling dry and itchy? Alkali, is the most common irritant in soap today. Other ingredients that are in mass-marketed soaps have been proven harmful to human skin, health and can cause severe skin irritations in some people. These include ingredients such as Isopropyl Alcohol, BHT and Triclosan (commonly found in anti-bacterial soaps). The most common ingredient in a conventional bar of soap is sodium tallowate. It is the natural combined substance of tallow, or beef fat, with lye (Sodium Hydroxide). The reason’s these companies use tallow for massive productions of soap is that it processes quickly, produces a hard bar of soap and is cheap and plentiful.
Many of the soaps that are available in the supermarket today are not really soap, but detergent/synthetic cleanser which are a petroleum based product, like petrol and kerosene. Haven’t you ever noticed how regular soap leaves your skin feeling dry and itchy? Alkali, which is one of the most common irritant in soap is often found to be the cause. Many other ingredients in synthetically manufactured soap have proven to be harmful to human health and the human skin. These include ingredients such as, Isopropyl Alcohol, BHT and Triclosan (usually found in anti-bacterial soap). The most common ingredient in a conventional bar of soap is sodium tallowate (saponified beef fat). It is the natural product of combining tallow with sodium hydroxide (lye). The main reasons for mass producing tallow is that it processes quickly, produces a hard bar of soap and is cheap.
Soap is one of the most commonly used products in the world today so it makes sense to monitor whats going into your soaps chemical or not. It could be called one of the most essential items in any household today. Your soap is there for one reason and that’s to clean and rid your body of dirt, grime and bacteria, it doesn’t matter what it is, your hands, your face, your body and even your car its there to clean.
There are just so many fantastic reasons to start using a natural handmade soap. With the world today, we work harder, we work longer hours, we are just getting too busy to pamper ourselves and we seem to forget about what our skin/Epidermis goes through on a daily basis, things like Pollution, Sun Protection Factor, Ageing, not drinking enough water, bad dieting, unhealthy habits like smoking/drinking and not engaging in regular exercise all can take an effect on our skin. So something as little as soap can HELP your skin recover from our day to day life and revive your lovely skin. So make the switch to a natural soap today!