Know how to choose the suitable face body cleanser for your skin.

Know your Skin

Skin is the largest organ of the human body that protects us from cold, hot, infections and much more and provides safe home to other important body organs. It is a god gifted clothing (woven with cells and tissues) to us which has the ability to maintain itself by generation of new cells and shedding off the dead cells. So the mechanism of generating the new cells and shedding off the old one’s is different as we age. Therefore different age groups need skincare products made keeping in view their age.

Hence SNAANA’ years of research have proved that using the skincare product made for your age group and respective skin tone can automatically address many skin concerns that otherwise have occurred only due to wrong and improper usage of products. And this uniqueness of making products sets SNAANA very different and successful in the market.

Amongst the skincare routine steps- Cleansing is the primary step and cleansing the skin with the right cleanser is the stone stepping to a healthy and vibrant skin.

Choosing the right cleanser is a challenge

Choosing the right cleanser from products available in the market is a challenge as every brand claims to be natural, organic, ayurvedic, dermatologically tested and much more and that really confuses a consumer and also a consumer is often not knowledgeable enough in the very field to verify the tall claims these companies make which are mere marketing tools. Hence often a chemical product/wrong product is purchased in the name of natural product.

As a lay man a consumer would really have no information on skin benefits of various herbs and oils to treat, prevent, nourish their skin. Thereby consumers are usually driven by advertisements and the herbal names like haldi chandan face cleanser, aloe vera cleanser, neem face wash etc.

But are these cleanser really natural and effective?

All ingredients that go in the making of the product make a difference on the skin. – All ingredients that have been used in the making of the product will come in contact with the skin so it is important to choose a brand that has very simple face/body cleanser making method with addition of no chemicals and preservatives. Many brands choose to mention few ingredients often the natural ones and hide the chemical names to give an impression to the consumer of the product totally “Natural”. Brands that list “key ingredients”, “Active ingredients” on product labels add much more to the product composition. Always avoid brands that do not disclose all ingredients clearly in common parlance.

The best way to choose truly natural face/body cleanser –

  1. Just do not buy liquid/gel/paste/creamy cleansers at all. These cleanser cannot be made without the usage of chemicals.
  2. Read the labels carefully on the front of the product and the back side of the product for better understanding of the ingredients used in the making of the product. For example – you will come across words like aqua/water/ge/ and oil/butters on labels.

Think, can water and oil mix together? But the so called natural cleanser that you have been trusting for long time now contains aqua/water/aloevera gel and oils/butters like almond, shea, cocoa, jasmine oil, jojoba oil etc. So emulsifiers which are chemicals are used to blend the oil and water together.

  1. Can you really preserve water/aloe vera gel for months without any preservative? For this you can take fresh aloe vera gel from the plant and scoop out the pulp in to a glass jar and keep it in refrigerator. The pulp will go bad in just a few weeks only. So how come these natural cleansers are really natural?
  2. When you read labels and come across products that have mention of “key ingredients” or “Active ingredient” on them instead of the complete list of ingredients – then try making the recipe on your own and keep it in a jar. Refrigerated will last for 3-4 days while jar left at room temperature will go bad in just 1-2 days only or may be less than that. That simply means that there is something much more KEY to the recipe that keeps it fresh for 1-2 years but is kept hidden. Chemical ingredients are kept hidden only to ensure the customer really don’t get a feel of product not being “Natural”
  3. How so ever big or small/ old pr new the brand is – the detailed check on product before buying the product is really important.
  4. The various 21st century techniques that have come in practice to make the product cost effective with extended shelf life have led to multiple stages of processing of the ingredients hence the vital essentials are often lost.

So if liquid/gel based cleanser are bad to use then what does a human being use to ensure a proper cleansing of the skin?

  1. Soap bars – All soap bars cannot be natural. Soap has been in use for centuries now. First soap was found to have been made about 5000 years ago with oils boiled with ashes.

    So soap which is made up of only oils & Lye is a real soap, natural soap. But in last 3-4 decades there have been usage of different chemicals in soap bars to make the soap bars cheap, colourful- attractive, good smelling with addition of fragrances and major money is spend on marketing the product then actually making a quality product.

    An example to know how to differentiate between chemical soap bar and Real soap/natural soap bar

    Ingredients of Dove sensitive skin beauty bar

    Ingredients: Sodium Lauroyl IsethionateStearic Acid,Lauric AcidSodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate, Water (Aqua), Sodium IsethionateSodium Stearate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

    Ingredients of a Real Soap Bar

    Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Kokum Butter, Goat Milk, Turmeric Root Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, Cedarwood Essential Oil, Fullers Earth, Turmeric Powder, Distilled Water and Lye*. (*Used during the saponification process to turn oil into soap. No chemicals remain in the finished product. All 'Real Soaps' are made with saponified oils only). It is an ancient technique of soap making.

    While buying a soap always don’t carried away by multiple names of herbs that have been listed. Always read the text in asterisk or tiny font as well. As there is a practice of making soaps with soap base, soap noodles by addition of fragrance , sodium benzoate, colour etc.

    Always buy the soap bar whose ingredients are easy to pronounce and quick to understand.

    A product can be effective only if the ingredients used in the product are PURE and NATURAL and of course made with ingredients that your skin needs.

  2. Soap nuts or powdered herbs can provide very effective cleansing to the body but in today’s fast pace world no one wants to get in to the mess of powders and consumers expect skincare product to simultaneously act as perfume also. An the herbs really have a very mild note to negligible aroma in them. Hence is often not considered a good cleanser

    Range of goat milk soaps by SNAANA for every member of your family 

    SNAANA products have come to the market post a detailed research because of increasing usage of chemicals in skin care products causing growing health concerns in the human body. While it is clearly understood that chemical does provide side effects in some or the other form depending from person to person. And in the course of research, it is found that many skin concerns arise only because of not using the right product as per the need of the sin. Skin needs changes as we age.

    That’s why SNAANA has introduced Real soap bar cleanser for various age groups and respective skin tones basis skin turnover cycle, hormonal changes, age related factors, suitable correction ingredients and lifestyle factors.

    Please read my next blog on skin turnover cycle and ways to maintain a healthy skin with healthy lifestyle choices and regular skin care routine.

Here is a brief on SNAANA age and skin tone oriented goat milk soaps.

  1. Baby – 0- 2 years
    Snaana's Baby Goat Milk Soap for your little one (Age: 0-2 years) - 
  2. Toddler -2 – 12 years
    Snaana's Goat Milk Soap Olive Soap With Sweet Orange Essential Oil for Toddler (2-12 Years) –
  3. Teenager -13 -19 years ( With skin turnover cycle the hormonal changes leads to change in skin tone.)

    a) Charcoal Soap With Himalayan Pink Salt For Oily Skin
    b) Teenager Goat Milk Soap for Normal Skin
    c) Goat Milk - Honey Butter Soap With Pumpkin For Dry Skin
  4. Young Adult – 20 – 30 years (increasing skin turnover cycle with improper lifestyle concerns taking on the skin)
    a) Goat milk soap – clay Soap For Oily Skin
    b) Goat milk - honey butter soap with pumpkin for dry skin
    c) Goat milk - Rosemary soap with liquorice for normal skin
  5. Mom – Dad 30 – 60 years- Skin cycle Increased turnover causes dead cells accumulation, sagging, line and wrinkles with on start of age marks)
    a) Goat milk - clay salt soap with lodh bark 
    b) Goat milk charcoal soap for oily skin
    c) Goat milk – pomegranate basil soap for normal skin
  6. Grand Ma-Pa - 60 years and above ( Fall of the skin structure with skin turnover cycle reaching around 70 days creating spots, discoloration, itching and at times serious skin conditions.
  7. Goat milk - Gotu Kola soap (60 Years & Above)

VOTE FOR CHANGE

SNAANA wants to drag your attention to the fact that we are still living in a legal framework that was adopted in British times and has not been amended at the pace synthetics/chemicals have come into use in skin care. Import, manufacture, distribution and sale of skin care/ beauty products are regulated by Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 and this law till date has not given a definite and uniform definition for usage of words on labels like natural and organic which is big-time responsible for misleading the consumers.

That is why what is packed in a bottle or jar in the name of natural, organic, ayurvedic is often not what it claims. Synthetic provide comfort and convenience to manufacturers in terms of making product cost effective and extending the shelf life but they harm our bodies. This is because we have never thought that these chemicals can make cause problems like migraine, cancer, hormonal disorders etc and much more in our bodies.

Let's stand united and bring this revolution TOGETHER.