Carrier Oil: Almond, Coconut, Olive

Liquid: Aloe water.

At trace: Honey, Oats & Wheat germ

Essential Oils : Orange, Tea tree, Clove.

Notes:

  • The final soap is brown with dark brown spots. It does look beautiful.
  • I used fresh aloe from the aloe plant of my mini-garden. Aloe cools and soothes the skin.
  • I presume it will be a great scrub owing to wheat germ and oats.
  • I seem to add Orange EO in most of my soaps. I love the color it adds and could I deny the soothing effect it has on skin. Tea tree and Clove need to be used in very small quantities as they can irritate the skin.

Skin Acids in Nature

What dermatologists suggest today was what our grandmothers knew several years ago.

Did you wonder why applying milk or yogurt topically makes you brighter?

Did you wonder why sugar is added in home remedies for skin?

Do you think it does not make sense to add lime juice or tomato juice to treat acne scars?

Then do read on..

Leading dermatologists suggest preparations with one or more skin acids and they cost pretty high.

Some of the popular skin acids are here…

Ascorbic acid

Uses: Brightens and tightens

Popular Products: VCX serum and other Vit C serums in the market

Natural alternatives: Citrus fruits, strawberry, tomatoes

 

Retinol

Uses: Wrinkle fading, pore shrinking and anti-aging

Popular Products: Yugard, Dr Reddy’s & numerous other Vit A/Retinol creams/serums.

Natural alternatives: (beta-carotene-rich) mango butter, seaweed, sunflower seed oil.

 

Linoleic Acid

Uses: Helps with acne

Popular Products: Body Shop Hawaiian cream

Natural alternatives: Grape seed oil, Safflower and Sunflower oils

Glycolic Acid (Acid Peel)

Uses: Exfoliates and brightens skin

Popular Products: Pixi Glow Tonic

Natural alternatives: Muscovado sugar (not sure where I can find this), cane sugar

Hyaluronic

Uses: Holds moisture. Brightens skin and helps with anti-aging

Skin type: Dry

Popular Products: Neutrogena hydro boost water gel/cream, CeraVe cream etc.

Natural alternatives: Root vegetables like potato and carrots

Lactic acid (Acid Peel)

Uses: Reduces acne & wrinkles

Popular Products: The ordinary’s lactic acid and other products

Natural alternatives: Sour milk products like yogurt