In a world filled with chaotic lifestyles, polluted surroundings and unhealthy eating habits, our skin usually ends up bearing the brunt of harmful chemicals and toxins. These pollutants can impair the environment as well as your precious skin, resulting in irreversible skin damage.
Chemical-free products therefore have become the need of the hour, and rightly so. More and more companies and people have joined the ‘No chemicals’ movement to protest chemically synthesized products, especially in the skincare industry. The game changer here has been Ayurveda, a 5,000+ year age old tradition of India that helps balance energies and stimulate optimal health and longevity.
The demand for Ayurvedic products in India has shot up multifold, particularly for soaps since they are so fundamental to a good skincare regimen. Ayurvedic soaps not only help obliterate all contaminants at the grass root level but also use pure ingredients to help moisturize, reduce sun and pollution damage, prevent pimples / breakouts and give your skin a bountiful, soft and radiant glow.
“Our skin is the only barrier against infections, therefore needing more upkeep and attention. In case of soaps which are used widely, they should be gentle and safe on the skin, the synthetic & harsh chemicals can be harmful in the long run. It is therefore becoming imperative to combat these impurities and choose soaps infused with the power of natural ingredients derived from herbs and essential oils”, says Vikas Dixit, Head of Soap Research and Development, Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting.
So, when you buy your next green soap, look out for the list of ingredients suggested by Vikas, that will not only soothe but also help restore the natural composition, softness and elasticity of the skin:
Sandalwood is traditionally used for their aromatic properties, the sweet-smelling extracts of sandalwood have long been known as nature’s favourite fragrance. Sandalwood is a naturally effective way of cooling the body, toning the skin, and enlivening dehydrated skin owing to its revitalizing and moisturizing properties. Its antibacterial and anti-tanning nature helps keep the skin clear, prevents scars and marks while simultaneously tightening it, making it more youthful and glowing.
Coconut Oil has recently found its revival in mainstream product range, getting touted as the one stop solution to all skincare woes. In addition to replenishing the skin’s natural oils and calming the skin to reduce outbreaks and irritation, Coconut oil is also rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E. This in turn wards off toxic substances and helps slow the aging process. A soap high in coconut oil content is crucial to a supple, nourishing and blushing skin.
Patchouli oil’s earthy scent brings along antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It aids in promoting the growth of new skin cells, speeds up the healing of scars, reduces unevenness in skin tone and controls acne and body odor. With patchouli oil, very little goes a long way in giving you wholesome and joyful skin.
It’s time to become more conscious and aware of not just what goes in your body but also what goes on your body. While everyone’s skin types and needs are different, introducing these key ingredients in your bathing routine can result in a balanced skin, one of the first steps towards a healthier body and lifestyle.