* Relaxing by the pool on a hot summer day.
* Taking a long walk through a tree-lined park in the middle of the city.
* Enjoying fireflies under a summer sky.
* Relaxing with friends while eating bbq and playing lawn games.
All of those events sound like an amazing summer-filled day to me, but they also have one thing in common... the opportunity to develop a heat rash from excessive sweating causing clogged pores and irritated skin.
If you have ever been unfortunate enough to suffer from dry, itchy, raw skin, then you know just touching the area brings pain. But there is relief to be found and today I want to share with you NATURAL remedies you can put to use with items you probably already own in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets!
To begin, before applying any natural ingredients to your skin, the firt step you must do is take a COOL SHOWER OR BATH. You need to cool down your skin immediately to help prevent any swelling and the spread of infection. Whatever you do, DO NOT SCRATCH THE BUMPS. It will only spread the issue causing healing to slow down.
TOP 5 NATURAL INGREDIENTS TO HEAL SUMMER HEAT RASHES
This natural ingredient is known for reducing itching and inflammation of the skin. The best way to use this ingredient is in a powder form. Thankfully Suds Me Up Buttercup already has you covered in this department leaving the headache of having to grind up raw oats already taken care of. For irritated skin of all types, the Bath Tea Salt Soaks in Oatmeal Milk and Honey. Just add 3-4 heaping tablespoons to your lukewarm bath water and soak as long as you need!
In addition to reducing itching and inflammation, there is also a little known secret about oatmeal that makes it even more powerful. When oatmeal is mixed into water it releases a milky film called beta-glucan that forms a fine film on your skin providing a extra layer of protection from the elements and head.
Then on top of all of that it is highly moisturizing to the skin while at the same time pulling out oils and toxins leaving you hydrated and clean!
2. BAKING SODA
This item packs a powerful punch is soothing itchy skin. All you have to do is add a few tablespoons to lukewarm water and let it do the rest! (Hint- this is already added into the Bath Tea Salt Soaks as well)
Another wonderful ingredient to reduce itching, soothe swelling of the skin, and increase moisture.
4. ALOE VERA
I absolutely love this stuff! Even if I don't have a sunburn or irritated skin in the summer, the cooling affect it offers alone is worth slathering all over my skin to feel. Other than feeling cool to the touch, aloe vera also helps soothe swelling and pain so don't be bashful in applying a thick layer to your skin.
5. EPSOM SALT
The best news I can share with you today is that Suds Me Up Buttercup offers products to help soothe irritated skin. All of the Artisan Full Body Bars include Aloe Vera (along with moisturizing butters and glycerin). In addition, the Bath Tea Salt Soaks, available in three varieties (Flower Power, Lavender, and Oatmeal Milk Honey), are the go-to product for these types of skin irritations.
Personally speaking I use the Oatmeal Milk and Honey and also the Flower Power several times a week to keep my skin hydrated. I am prone to heat rashes in the summer and there have been many nights when I've come home after a long day in the sun and a lukewarm bath with one of these products has helped me sleep and significantly reduced any swelling and itchiness on my skin.
Depending on the severity of your rash will determine how long it takes you to heal from a heat rash. While I would like to claim that using all these ingredients at the same time will cure your rash, there are times when it can become severe and you need to see a doctor immediately. If your condition does not improve within 2-3 days of home treatment, I highly suggest being treated by a medical professional that can prescribe ointments to help with healing infections.
** IF YOU HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE BATH TEA SALT SOAKS because you have sensitive skin, I would love to hear your testimony and share it with others as well! Please leave a comment below so others can know how much using natural ingredients to treat ailments really does work and improves the quality of your everyday life. **
Many times at shows I am frequently asked what is in each product and trust me, I don't mind you asking at all! I enjoy the opportunity to speak about each product and discuss how it can benefit your skin and make you feel better.
Unfortunately busy shows don't always allow that one-on-one time that I enjoy spending with each customer so I've decided to start a new blog series titled... WHAT'S IT GOOD FOR! Each series will showcase a different product featured in one or several of the products Suds Me Up Buttercup creates.
This week let's talk about GLYCERIN... what's it good for?
Glycerin (aka, glycerine or glycerol) is a commonly used ingredient in many cosmetic and personal skin care products. Yet it is also an ingredient that stirs up quite a bit of debate. Glycerin is a humectant that can be naturally derived from plant oils, or it can also be synthetically produced.
As a humectant, glycerin works to moisturize the skin by drawing water from the air into the skin's outer layer. If you have ever created handmade skincare products using glycerin and not packaged your product asap then you will notice what we call in the industry as "sweat beads" on the surface of soaps. This is because the glycerin in the soap is pulling in all the moisture in the air and "sticking" to itself- living in the south it doesn't take long for this process to take place. That same process (without the sweat beads of course) happens when you use the bar in the shower/bath. It draws moisture in the air and water and penetrates your skin while cleaning at the same time.
As a synthetic product, it does the exact opposite and drys out your skin leaving a tacky feeling... you know what I'm talking about I'm sure.
As a natural plant-based product, which Suds Me Up Buttercup uses in a majority of our skincare products, glycerin is one of the most, if not the most hydrating ingredient you can put on your skin! It is safe for all skin types from sensitive, dry, normal, and oily skin combinations. It even goes further in assisting soothing inflammation, swelling, and redness from skin irritations caused by a variety of reasons.
So what exactly can YOU expect from glycerin in bath and body products from Suds Me Up Buttercup?
1. Improves the skin barrier with its calming properties (aka- adds a layer of moisture to your skin)
2. Anti-aging! Need I say more? Hydration is key.
3. Encourages Cell Maturity. Your skin sheds numerous cells and produces younger cells to replace them. The top layer of your skin contains the mature cells that produce lipids that form the protective barrier on your skin. Glycerin helps the young cells mature and move up to the surface before they are eventually shed. If this process is interrupted, your skin will look dull and dry.
4. Speeds Wound Healing & Prevents Infection. A study found that the application of glycerin on wounds effectively reduced inflammation. Moreover, glycerin-based products were also found to be antimicrobial.
5. Facial Toner for Oily Skin. Because glycerin is a non-greasy product it keeps your skin hydrated without triggering excessive production of the oil-producing sebacieous glands.
As you can see glycerin has a wide range of health benefits and like any beauty product, the longer you use it the more you will see results. We all want young, healthy looking skin.
GLYCERIN CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE BABY SMOOTH SKIN!