Tis the Season…

…for family gatherings, feasts every week it seems, stressing out about holiday shopping aaaannnndddddd, dry skin!Now that we’ve moved more into the fall season and are soon heading to the wintry months, sales everywhere and changes in attitudes won’t be the only thing you’ll notice.

As mentioned in a previous article, the cold dry air and that heat blasting, are your skin’s worst enemies during this time of year. Kinda like tying bows on presents solo. Itchy, scaly skin, cracked and peeling skin, the appearance of dull skin, acne, redness (the list goes on, much like your Christmas list), are skin ailments associated with the cold winter months. And while you may have accepted your fate to suffer with one or many of these ailments and family you’ve not seen in ages, the good news is, you really don’t have to; with skin problems this year that is.

Our soaps at TMG, are made with few but ultra nourishing ingredients to keep your skin in the best shape possible all year round. Over the course of the article I’ll explain why these ingredients are ultra nourishing to which you’re going to hear the word antioxidant tossed around some. Let me explain what the word antioxidant means when it comes to skincare.

Antioxidants help to protect the skin by fighting off and limiting the production of free radicals that damage our skin and cause premature aging (sun overexposure, pollution, cigarette smoke etc). Skin damage as a result of free radicals shows up in many forms. Some examples are sun spots, loose saggy skin as a result of damaged elastic fibers and the break down of collagen (collagen is a protein that gives our skin strength and elasticity and helps replace dead skin cells, it also gives our skin that plump look).

Some of the most well known antioxidants are Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. We’ll cover these in an upcoming article. Who knew there was so much to learn from soap!

Let’s get started!

Olive Oil

Fun fact: Did you know that olives are a fruit? If you did great job!! If you didn’t, well now you know something new and you can share that tidbit of knowledge over the meat and cheese tray at that holiday party you’ll get invited to.

This little fruit is packed with beneficial properties such as antioxidants like vitamins A and E as well as being very moisturizing. Vitamins A and E are known for repairing damaged skin cells due to environmental factors, aka free radicals, such as sun, smoke, and pollution. These free radicals are known to accelerate the aging process.

Not only does olive oil moisturize the skin, it helps fight the aging process!

Palm Oil

For over 5,000 years, people have used palm oil for a variety of reasons.

Today you can find it in many skin and hair products and you guessed it, TMG’s soap. In our soap, it’s used to help remove oil and dirt and since it has a natural re-fatting agent, it helps restore your skin’s moisture barrier therefore keeping your skin soft and smooth.

Much like olive oil, palm oil contains the antioxidant Vitamin E. What’s even better about palm oil is the toctrienols found in it which are members of the Vitamin E family. What’s so magical about toctrienols? Studies have shown them to be 40-60 times more powerful in fighting cancer causing free radicals associated to skin disease!!! Lather up because palm oil also helps prevent these free radicals from forming!!!

Goat’s Milk

The third and most important ingredient.

Like it’s counterparts palm oil and olive oil, goat’s milk contains Vitamin E; that magical vitamin. Other vitamins, such as Vitamins A and D, as well as proteins and minerals, such as calcium and potassium can be found in goat’s milk. As a result of fat molecules, there is a high cream content. This helps keep your skin moisturized which is extremely important during the dry winter months. If your skin is dry there is an increased chance that it will crack and when it cracks, it allows bacteria to enter, possibly creating skin infections. Yikes! Goat’s milk helps to restore the moisture barrier on your skin. The stronger that barrier, the less you’ll have to worry about dry, itchy flaky skin.

In the next upcoming article, we’ll go more in-depth with the science behind how a simple bar of goat’s milk soap works and why you need it in your life.

Pick up some soap today for yourself, for your family and friends. It’s the perfect gift 🙂

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