The Power of Nature
The need for products that moisturize
, heal, and protect the skin is not new. In fact, humans have been applying balms, salves, and moisturizers to their bodies for thousands of years. Until recently, these beauty products consisted entirely of natural ingredients like honey, milk, and natural fats. Some cultures, such as the ancient Egyptians and the Native Americans, specialized in combining these natural ingredients into very sophisticated formulas that treated everything from severe burns to dry skin.
Although natural skin care
ingredients have been used for thousands of years, there's nothing old-fashioned or outdated about their use. In fact, as science advances, new discoveries and insights continue to prove the astounding power of nature to heal our bodies - not only from the inside out, but also from the outside in.
Let's take a look at a few of the time-tested ingredients that make natural body lotions such a great choice for your skin:
Honey is a popular ingredient in natural body lotions and other beauty products. It contains natural antioxidants that help protect the skin from the environment. Honey also contains humectants that draw moisture into the skin. Some natural practitioners believe that a special kind of honey called manuka honey may contain anti-microbial properties which may make it useful for therapeutic purposes.
Ancient Egyptians used honey as a staple in their skin care regimen. Their other staple was milk, an ingredient that continues to show up today in natural body lotions. Milk acts as a natural exfoliant: its acids clear away dead skin cells to reveal the radiant, youthful-looking skin beneath.
Although honey and milk are two powerful ingredients in natural body lotions, there's a larger class of compounds that defines natural body lotions: natural fats. These fats include everything from coconut oil to jojoba oil to avocado oil. Their purpose in natural body lotions is to replenish the natural lipid (fat) layer of the skin, sealing in moisture, softening dry flakes and patches, and re-establishing the plumpness that is inherent in healthy skin.
The Natural Choice
Natural ingredients like honey, milk, and natural fats pack quite a punch when it comes to restoring and protecting the skin. They are also typically gentler and less irritating than synthetic chemicals. And because they're sustainable and don't have toxic byproducts, natural ingredients are also considered safe for the environment. back to top »
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