I've been on this mission for more than 15 years. Yes, NO soap for me on this precious visage for 15 years! WHY?
Here is the base logic.
1. Soap was invented to wash the waxes and oils out of sheep's wool for making clothing. It was not invented for bodies.
2. Just like a car engine, your skin wants and needs oil to be able to stretch instead of cracking.
3. Thus, using soap, or removing the oil your skin made is like tearing up a kid's homework every day and telling them to start over. Eventually, there will be a revolt.
I stopped using soap 15 years ago and moved over to just sea salt on my face daily to kill bacteria. That went well, but I still had some acne at the age of 30. Being in herbs and nutrition since I was 19 years old meant I had always had a fabulous diet, juice fasted regularly to clear myself of toxins, and I took all the right dietary supplements, why did I still experience acne??
The answer is that we still need vitamins and the right oils applied to our skin to really get it working right in this world of air pollution and harsh chemicals everywhere we go.
I formulated this weird green powdered facewash with oatmeal, salt, spirulina and some other herbs. Acne GONE. forever.
Soaps have changed drastically in the last 20 years. Companies have morphed their age-old trusted formulas into chemical monsters. Aveeno is just one that I grew up trusting but look at this current breakdown of a current Aveeno product: CLICK HERE
Chemical detergents once intended to clean up machinery and your dishes are now found in most sudsing skincare. Companies hold out that they are in such small amounts that it's not detrimental to your body or your skin. I say NO THANK YOU. Did you know that the famous SLS soaps say on the Material Data Safety Sheets to rinse for 5-10 minutes to be SURE that you're getting it all of your skin to avoid irritation or cancer?? Do you rinse all your soaps off for 5-10 minutes in the shower?
We were also intended to get a certain amount of vitamins and nutrients through the skin. This is proven by studies on magnesium blood serum levels. Have you ever been encouraged to take an Epsom Salt bath? Epsom Salt is magnesium. Studies show that taking magnesium internally DOES NOT raise blood serum levels to a notable level BUT taking an Epsom Salt bath does and immediately. I suspect that we will discover that many more minerals and nutrients are meant to pass into the bloodstream topically, but more studies on specific minerals definitely needs to be done.
I encourage you to ditch the soap starting on your face and see what happens. Whether you oil cleanse or use one of our herbal customizable facewashes is up to you entirely. For myself, Acne and wrinkles were not at bay until I added topical herbs to my regimen and here you can see some of the herbs included in our facewashes and how they work:
Brazen Herb Menu
For customizing Facewashes and Clay Masks
Barley Grass*: Delivers manganese, phosphorus, and copper, vitamin C, selenium (particularly helpful for skin elasticity). In general, deeply nutrative for supporting healthy skin
Burdock Root*: Detoxifying and acne treatment. Active ingredients: Arcigen, Chlorogenic acid, Lactone, Taraxosterols, Polyacetylenes, Flavonoids, Inulin . I also recommend burdock tea or capsules for acne treatment.
Butcher's Broom*: Treatment for rosacea, constricts vessels and reduces swelling- also treats under eye puffiness and dark circles
Calendula Flowers*- It has been used to treat a variety of skin diseases and has been seen effective in treatment of skin ulcerations, eczema, juvenile acne and dry phthiriasis. Improvement has been seen in as little as 3-4 days of treatment according to the Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie.Contains chemicals, which have been shown in studies to speed wound-healing by increasing blood flow to the affected area and promoting the production of collagen proteins. Calendula also possesses anti-septic and anti-inflammatory effects due to its flavonoid content.
Chaga Mushroom*- Chaga is becoming all the rage and chaga skin care is soaring. Uused in Russia by dermatologists and aestheticians in topical preparations to fight skin infections, wrinkles,hyperpigmentation, premature aging, sun damage, spider veins, broken capillaries, scars, cellulite, andstretch marks.
Chia Seed Powder*: High in omega 3 acids and the subtle gel can help hold moisture against the skin
Coffee*- finely powdered: More and more research is showing benefits of coffee and caffeine range from skin cancer protection to sun protection to temporarily lifting and tightening the skin
Comfrey*: Studies show: anti-inflammatory, de-swelling, contains allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, wound healer
Cornflowers*- Extremely soothing to irritated skin and puffy eyes
Cranesbill (Geranium) Root*:High in tannins- a treatment for wrinkles and infection, astringent- reduce pores
Cucumber Concentrate: An intense source of vitamin K, which is known to topically help skin heal faster, reduce dark circles and uneven skin tone, and assist with rosacea
Gentian Root*: Used to treat wounds and even cancer. Lab studies show gentian root caused cell death of cancer cells when applied, but did not affect healthy cells or DNA.
Green Tea*:An age-old skin fortifier, full of nutritional components and anti-age factors, scientific study shows green tea actually slows production of sebum. (some clients have shown sensitivity around the eyes)
Horsetail*:Great source of silica and phospherous which treats blemishes like acne and boils effectively. Important nutrative for aging skin.
Lemongrass*:Minimize pores, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, adds beautiful smell
Meadowsweet*:Extremely effective anti-inflammatory. One fascinating clinical trial applied meadowsweet to women with cervical dysplasia and it was very effective in reversing dysplasia or greatly reducing number of pre-cancerous cells.
Multani Mitti Clay: This clay is the result of decomposed volcanic ash. Flushes out toxins. Deep cleansing. Helps to remove impurities and dead skin cells
Orange Peel*:Components of citrus oils are not only anti-bacterial, but are very unique in free-radical scavengers and have proven to kill cancer cells in scientific studies and citrus peel has some of the most ardent anti-bacterial and anti-aging components that science is still trying to understand.
Patchouli Leaf Fortified*:Patchouli is shown to not only strengthen the skin against UV ray damage in scientific studies, also a well-known anti-aging oil that regenerates new skin and is anti-fungal
Plantain Leaf*: One of the most widely used folk remedies for wounds, inflammation, rashes, and historically applied to heal all sorts of damaged skin
Rose Hips Powder: Rich in Vitamin C and natural anti-oxidant properties and can be used in skin care products to improve the elasticity of the skin and as an astringents. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Watermelon Powder- rich in Vitamin C and naturally occurring carbohydrates and amino acids. It supports the UV-stressed immune system of the skin and can be used to prevent photo-aging. This extract also helps to protect the skin from every day toxins and promotes cell-renewal.
Witch Hazel*: Strong astringent and anti-oxidant, used historically for eczema and psoriasis
White Willow Bark Concentrate: concentrate powder Aged skin and acne. Scientific studies show improvement of lines and wrinkles within 1 week and very noticeable improvement in 6 weeks.
* Denotes Organic
Personalize your skincare for your problems! Don’t follow the line from other companies that all conditions need one answer.