Anyone can exfoliate and remove dry flaky skin naturally and affordably. It does not have to cost more or pollute your body and planet to have soft smooth skin. This article compares a salt scrub recipe you can make at home versus a commercial product providing the same benefit. The natural homemade product consist of 3 body and earth friendly ingredients, as opposed to the commercial product having 14 ingredients, and is tested on animals.
Salt Glow Exfoliating Salt Scrub, taken from the book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar (2008).
1) 2 cups fine sea salt
2) 4 cups grapeseed, apricot, or almond oil
3) 25 drops essential oil of choice
1) Sea salt – is a skin-conditioning agent and humectant. It is produced by the evaporation of seawater, it contains the following mineral salts: sodium chloride and trace elements such as sulfur, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, and iron.
2) A. Grapeseed oil – is a natural oil pressed from grape seeds. It is used to soften, smooth, and tone skin
B. Apricot oil – is a skin moisturizer and emollient.
C. Almond Oil – is a skin moisturizer and lubricant.
3) Essential Oil – is taken from plants, and used for perfume and flavoring.
Potentially Unhealthy Ingredients:
Commercial Product – Philosophy® Pure Grace Salt Scrub
$ 25 for 23 oz.
1) Sea Salt
4) 10 Dipalmitate
5) Fragrance / Parfum
6) Butylene Glycol
7) Propylene Glycol
8) Plankton Extract
9) Macrocystic Pyrifera Extract / Kelp
10) Algae Extract
11) Fucus Vesiculosus Extract / Bladderwack
12) Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
14) Caprylyl Glycol
· Sea salt – is a skin-conditioning agent and humectant. It is produced by the evaporation of seawater, it contains the following mineral salts: sodium chloride and trace elements such as sulfur, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, and iron.
· Glycerin – is derived from vegetable oil. It is used to cleanse, soften and moisturize the skin.
· Polyglyceryl – is a water-in-oil emulsifier used in skin care products. It is multifunctional, mild, and biodegradable.
· 10 Dipalmitate – is a conditioning agent – emollient; surfactant, and emulsifying agent.
· Plankton Extract – is used as a skin-conditioning agent. It is a sea enzyme used to help renew the skin.
Macrocystic Pyrifera Extract (Kelp) – all natural, used for viscosity.
· Algae Extract – is an emollient and skin-conditioning agent.
· Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Bladderwack) – is a skin-conditioning agent, used for fragrance.
· Caprylyl Glycol – is a skin-conditioning agent, emollient and humectant.
Potentially Unhealthy Ingredients:
· Fragrance (Parfum) – is a known human immune system toxicant with "moderate evidence of human neurotoxicity."
· Butylene Glycol – a developmental / reproductive toxicity, irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).
· Propylene Glycol – According to RTECS – Journal of the American Toxicology, one or more animal studies show reproductive effects at high doses, endocrine system disruption at high doses, brain and nervous system effects at high doses. Also shows evidence of skin and immune system toxicity, limited evidence of respiratory toxicity, it is a skin irritant, and in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results.
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – is a common active ingredient in sunscreens, which has reported estrogenic and reproductive effects.
· Phenoxyethanol – is an aromatic ether alcohol used as a preservative. One or more animal studies show endocrine system disruption at high doses, brain and nervous system effects at moderate doses, sense organ effects at very low doses, and in vitro tests non-mammalian cells show positive mutation results.
· Fragrance – According to Master Herbalist, Klaus Ferlow, wastewater treatment does not remove the constantly increasing quantity and types of fragrance chemicals, many of which are persistent and accumulate in the environment.
· Propylene glycol – is a petroleum derivative and therefore not environmentally friendly.
· Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – is insoluble in water. The FDA has approved this as an active ingredient for use in sunscreen products with a concentration no greater than 7.5%.
The damaging side effects (on animals, people, and the environment) of these ingredients outweigh the benefit of it giving us soft, smooth skin. A warning on the commercial product also states, to keep out of reach of children and not for internal use.
There is no doubt the product is healthier than the commercial product. It is both body and environment friendly and relatively simple and inexpensive to make. There are no potentially harmful or unhealthy ingredients in it. This is a perfect example of less is more.
Source by Carmen D Cisneros