Regardless of how much Vitamin D you’re getting, sunsets are always awesome…
I know, Mom, told you it was the right thing to do…
My mom told me too.
But as Annamarie and I have learned more about skin (due to the creation of her skin care line), we’ve been shocked at some of the conventional wisdom about skin care that is completely false.
The most shocking, I’d have to say, is that most (if not all soap) is not good for your skin.
That’s right… NOT good.
I know it sounds crazy and that we all were taught we needed soap to keep us clean, but here are at least three reasons why using soap can damage your skin – all which are known and understood by the best estiticians and skin care chemists.
1. Soap washes away your skin’s natural protective barrier.
while soap may wash away the dirt and grime, most soaps also take your skin’s natural oil barrier with it as well.
Basically, the squeaky clean feeling you get after using soap is your body telling you that all your natural oils have been stripped away!
Your skin had a natural layer of fatty acids that is called the acid mantle barrier. This barrier protects the skin from infection and keeps your skin moisturized naturally.
When the acid mantle barrier is damaged consistently by using soap, you eventually will end up with dry, inflamed and sometimes acne prone skin.
I know you may never have heard about this before, but it’s well known to those who have worked with skin as a profession.
The reason why soap can damage this barrier is because of pH differences in your acid mantle and your soap.
The pH of this barrier is about 5.5 which is acidic in nature.
Most soaps, including castile soaps that you find in the health food store, are alkaline in nature. This means their pH can range up to 9.0.
When a soap of a higher alkaline pH reacts with your lower pH acid mantle barrier, the soap neutralizes the pH and destroys the fatty acid barrier.
This is specifically how soap “cuts” grease – which is fine for washing the dishes, but not for your skin.
Without a strong acid mantle barrier the skin will be susceptible to infection, inflammation, dryness and acne.
Soap makers actually know about this, which is why some try to add moisturizers into their soaps to make up for the fact that all the skin’s natural oils are being stripped when you use the soap.
If you’ve ever wondered why some people use gloves to wash dishes, this is exactly why – the soap washes off all your natural oils on your hands leaving them chapped and dry.
Now, with all that said, here’s an important question to answer: How do you know if your soap is alkaline?
Soaps that have suds are all generally alkaline. So if your soap bubbles, you can say goodbye to your acid mantle barrier!
2. Soap can interfere with your ability to absorb vitamin D.
This second point piggybacks on the first.
There has been some research that shows washing away your natural acid barrier with soap can also wash away some of the vitamin D that is synthesized on and in your skin when you spend time in the sunlight.
While this research is still emerging – I don’t know how much this actually effects vitamin D levels in the body – what seems to be the most evident is that soap is implicated again in the destruction of the acid mantle barrier.
This means that everyone but your soap manufacturer is starting to realize how important having natural oils on your skin really is and how wicked most soaps can be.
3. Soap kills essential bacteria on your skin.
Let’s face it, we have a lot more bacteria on, in and around us than most people are comfortable admitting.
Soap is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, so using it will destroy bacteria on your skin, but is that a good thing?
Our desire to conquer and destroy every last microbe, has actually made us worse off – particularly for your skin.
Just as friendly bacteria in our gut help digest food, the bacteria on our skin play an important role in the health of your body as well.
A 2009 study published in Nature Medicine (here), showed decreased skin inflammation around injury when there was natural skin bacteria present. This means in a micro-injury type situation like scrubbing, you will likely experience less redness, less clogged pores and likely less acne when your skin flora is intact.
Of course, we didn’t need a skin study to confirm this (you know how I feel about science at times.) estiticians have been applying yogurt to the skin for decades to help improve skin tone, reduce inflammation and re-populate skin bacteria colonies. Many of them have also been using properly pH balanced cleansers as well.
So there is long term proof, that the skin flourishes when good bacteria are present, not when the skin is sterile.
Soaps that are alkaline in nature and anti-bacterial will all do a part in the destruction of your skin flora and cause you more harm than good.
To wrap this up, there is enough proof that demonstrates using soaps – which are anti-bacterial by nature – and other agents that are poorly pH balanced for your skin will disturb your skin’s delicate ecosystem and could leave you with dry, inflamed and acne prone skin – all while you think you’re doing the best to prevent these issues.
So what is the solution?
Get off the soap and find a pH balanced cleanser and wash that will not damage your acid mantle barrier.
A good cleanser and body wash, made with organic ingredients, will not produce suds and will match your skin pH keeping the integrity of your natural oils.
Of course, we’d like you to try ours for many reasons, but the reason I’ve written this article is not to sell you on our products – it’s to educate you about how to take care of your skin properly.
If you want, you can try Annmarie’s products, or you can do your own research and find your own. The only thing I ask is that if you want your skin to look healthy for the long run, please be sure to reconsider your use of skin damaging soaps.
The other thing I do ask is that you understand many skin care companies do use preservatives and ingredients that at certain amounts are NOT required to be listed on the labels.
So while you may think you’re getting something clean, it may contain nasty ingredients without you knowing at all. (Annmarie uses no hidden preservatives or any other silly tricks.)
The best thing to do, just like knowing your farmer, is to know your skin care provider. Ask them questions and be your own investigative reporter. LOL!
I want to know your thoughts: Did you know this about soap?
If you want to try Annmarie’s Peppermint Rosemary Body Wash, you can get a free travel sized bottle with your purchase here:
This special deal has been extended until tomorrow, March 2nd!
Special: Free Travel Sized Body Wash Deal Extended Until March 2nd!
We’ve just extended Annmarie’s free travel sized body wash special for one more day!
Here are all the details if you missed them…
I want to share that Annmarie has just released a new product in her award-winning skin care line.
It’s her new Annmarie Skin Care Rosemary Peppermint Body Wash.
This is a product that I’m really excited about for many reasons.
First, it can replace soaps that are not pH balanced and damage your acid mantle barrier.
Your skin is delicate and requires a certain amount of oil to protect it from infection and keep it healthy.
Most soaps (all soaps that foam) are too alkaline and damage this barrier.
Washing with a body wash that is equal to your skin surface pH – about 5.5 – will help you maintain your skin’s integrity and keep you looking youthful and vibrant.
Second, using it in the shower is refreshing, energizing and totally turns your cleaning time into an aroma therapy session.
(Almost like those Herbal Essences commercials minus the synthetic chemical smells!)
Finally, it’s something the whole family can use. I know most men don’t invest in skin care products, so this is a way to get everyone interested in taking care of possibly one of the most important body parts!
(If you’re one of the rare men that do, I’m thrilled you’ve learned the importance of this!)
To try this product, you have two options…
1. You can trust us and dive right in!
If you’ve already tried Ann’s products and know they’re awesome, here’s where you can get Annmarie’s Body Wash now…
When you order the full size, we’ll also send you a 1 oz travel size bottle as well as a gift! ($6.95 value!)
(Please note: Unlike Annmarie’s other products, the Body Wash is in a plastic bottle for shower safety!)
2. If you want to try before you buy, we can send you a free 1 oz travel size bottle if you purchase over $35 in the store. (Excluding e-orders.)
For all orders in the Renegade Health Store over $35, we’ll send you a free 1oz travel size bottle of Annmarie’s Rosemary Peppermint Body Wash for you to try ($6.95 value!)
This deal only lasts until Tuesday Morning, March 1st OR until we run out of the travel size bottles!
As you know, we tend to run out of things pretty fast (we ran out of cinnamon bark in 2 days last week!), so be sure to secure your gift with your order now!
To get this gift, all you have to do is put the word “Bodywash” in the “shipping Instructions” area when you check out!
Here’s where you can go to take a look in the store, get your $35 worth of awesome health products and get a travel sized bottle of this new, awesome Body Wash ($6.95 Value!)…
(E-orders are excluded from this deal.)