Well, it’s that time of year already. You know the days…when the temperatures during the day are wonderful and nice but evenings and mornings have you reluctantly turning on the heat as your mind screams with denial that summer is truly over. (Unless of course you are one of those bizarre “winter people”)
With this comes dull, dry, itchy skin, a milady common to both sexes and remedies for which there are countless choices in every grocery and drug store. But what are you really putting on your skin when you reach for a store brand and are you treating the underlying problem or merely masking the symptoms?
One of the very first products my daughter Kaley and I developed was an organic moisturizing sugar scrub after we read label after label and couldn’t pronounce half the ingredients on store brands; even expensive ones. Kaley has terribly sensitive skin and I have a slew of allergies. Many of the products we tried triggered a reaction in one of us, prompting us to research natural and organic relief.
Just this morning I indulged my dry, itchy skin with our Peppermint Bark and oh man, what a difference!! As an added bonus, I smell amazingly fresh and my skin gets the added benefits of the essential oils used in this recipe. YAY ME!!
Best part- I can read and pronounce every single ingredient!!
Peppermint Bark Ingredients: Organic Sugar, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Cocoa Powder and Flakes of Crushed Peppermint Candy (optional – please note at checkout if you prefer we not include)
Let’s take a look at some other popular products though, shall we? And compare.
Let’s start with Eucerine. It seems to be the #1 go to recommended by doctors and is a brand name people trust. Our experience is that it moisturizes but masks symptoms and now let’s take a look at the ingredients list:
Water, mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, PEG-40 sorbitan peroleate, glyceryl lanolate, sorbitol, porpylene glycol, cetyl palmitate, magnesium sulfate, aluminum stearate, lanolin alcohol, BHT, methychloroisothiazolinone,
Um. Next please!!
Ok. Let’s try Lubriderm. There’s another doctor recommended brand and one that has withstood the test of time and is readily available pretty much anywhere. Again, this one was moisturizing but the effect faded quickly. Too little was not enough and too much felt like a shield of armor on my skin. And the ingredients?
Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Citric Acid, Ethylparaben.
Hmmm. I seem to be noticing a recurring theme. You??
To put things in perspective, let’s take a look at one of Amazon’s top selling scrubs. If you aren’t aware, a scrub helps your body shed itself of dead skin to reveal healthy skin and stimulate new cell production. A big part of itching is too many dead skin cells on the surfaces.
Here is one of the most popular scrubs on the planet. The St Ives Brand scrub. I chose one of their more “natural” brands so you can see the number of products being placed into the scrubs and research them for yourselves. Although most of those below, are in fact, substances found in nature, the mass production of the product loses the therapeutic benefit value.
Water, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Decyl Glucoside, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Honey, Fragrance, Polyacrylamide, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Phenethyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Titanium Dioxide.
So now maybe you see why my daughter and I feel so strongly about what we put on our skin and encourage others to do the same.
We hope your skin stays moist!!