Having any skin condition can be frustrating. Trying to find something that actually helps treat it without further damaging skin can be irritating.
Some products claim to be gentle, but as soon as they come into contact with our skin, they leave it feeling dry and irritated. Others even seem to further worsen skin conditions, and some may seem to calm it down, only to stop working further down the road.
We assume that we need something stronger to fight the condition, but that may just further damage the skin. Sometimes the solution is gentler than we imagine.
Soapberries (Sapindus Mukorossi) are the fruit of the soapnut tree, also referred to as Reetha in Hindi. When this berry comes into contact with water, it releases a naturally antibacterial surfactant (soaping agent) called saponin.
Soapberries are a mild, affordable, and fully natural substitute to the soaps we commonly use. It’s been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine for thousands of years to help alleviate skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Here are some reasons why soapberries are so helpful at treating skin conditions:
This means they won’t react with your skin and cause an allergic reaction. Some causes of skin irritation and eczema are allergens we come in contact with. When your skin comes into contact with these allergens, an itchy skin rash develops.
Normal skin pH tends to range from 4.5 to 6.5, this means skin naturally tends to be more acidic. Some of the products we use, like some soaps, tend to alter our skin’s natural pH. This can result in acne, eczema, dry, or sensitive skin (even any combination of either).
Being the most natural cleaner, it contains a pH level of 5.5, the same as our skin. Soapberries contain vitamins A, E, K and D, which help optimize the skin's immune system and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging.
The saponin soapberries release are naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial. Some bacteria in skin, like Propionibacterium acnes, can aggravate an immune response which causes acne. The antibacterial properties in soapberries can help combat and prevent the spread of these bacteria in pores, resulting in less of an immune response.
Using soapberry liquid extract is beneficial for skin. Because it’s so gentle, it doesn’t strip away your natural oils, leaving it soft and preserving it from further irritation.
The soapberry liquid extract can be used as a face wash and soap. As a face wash, it can be used twice a day. Just make sure to avoid getting it in your eyes, it may sting a little!
Have you tried making your own soapberry liquid extract? Let us know in the comments below!
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