If you had asked me a few years ago if I exfoliated when I showered, I would have given you a questioning look. At the time I just used a good soap and a wash-cloth to get clean. Fast forward a few years later I began reading about exfoliating before you shave your legs. Then I read about body brushes. Now, body brushes, outside of their said use to help, “increases circulation and blood flow, and stimulates drainage from the lymphatic system to smooth skin’s surface” (- via Good Housekeeping, PS. I love your magazine!) I figured were a good use to help with dry skin and patches. My daughter gets a build-up around her chest and honestly, if it isn’t kept up it looks like a thin layer of dirt. It is mainly what I use body brushes for. I mentioned in my +Balance post that the majority of my dry skin is on my shins. It’s not horrible. But it is there. And if I were to shower, as I have done today, I can promise you that I can gently brush off a load of excess dead skin cells. Enough to be noticeable on the tile. I know. Ew. Gross. I didn’t notice how much I shed via my shins until a few years ago when I lived in a community building. Sort of like a modern-day, less hippy version of a commune if you want to describe it as such. I only lived there for two years. Either way, it was then that I noticed how much I am now shedding. I honestly don’t think I shed as much as a child. Turns out some of us do shed more skin and hair than others (thanks forensic scientists). I know that many things can play into this and much of it being hormones. there was a time I was losing a lot of hair after having kids. What does all of that mean to skincare? Exfoliation.
Since learning about the benefits of exfoliating I now do it each time I shower. I have found myself less itchy and when I do use tanning products, my tan isn’t patchy. My shave is cleaner. My body acne less prevalent and my makeup more even on my face. I use loofas of various sorts. I may not have a body brush but would love to have one just to see what the hoopla is about.
History of Exfoliation in Brief
Scrubbing and exfoliating are not as new as some may think. In fact, the loofa is roughly 10,000 years old. And here is something I didn’t know but learned while reading the University of Wisconsin Student Newspaper, The Spectator, the loofa isn’t the same as some sponges. It doesn’t come from the sea. It is a vegetable that is related to the squash family. Does this mean I can count it in my daily 10? I would like to think so. But I am sure it isn’t counted. In any case, it is used to remove dead skin cells that don’t slough off as easily. I think I will need to find How It’s Made and see if they have a video on loofas to satisfy my nerdy side.
It is safe to say that exfoliating has been around for a while. There are a ton of exfoliating products out there. Liquid exfoliating washes, loofas, body brushes, exfoliating gels, and so on. Not everything works wonders and not everything works for everyone. But given the fact that we are more and more, as people, asking for natural products and products which are essentially products of the time. Heralded as wonder ingredients, it is without much surprise that we (and Avon) have a bamboo-charcoal exfoliating soap bar. Veilment Natural Spa has made two exfoliating body bars and I chose the charcoal one since maybe, two years back I had a sudden reaction to my perfume and broke ou tin hives. Along with calamine lotion, I used a charcoal soap bar that was given to me. I would give the name of the company that made it but it was simply wrapped in plastic wrap and didn’t have the name of the soap or the company on it. But it worked so well in pulling out whatever was in my perfume that irritated my skin. The hives lasted for maybe three days and lessened each day. It didn’t take me long to want to buy this new soap and see how it worked.
About Charcoal and a bit About Bamboo
Veilment Natural Spa Bamboo Charcoal Exfoliating Soap has charcoal in it, which gives it it’s grey color and little bits of bamboo throughout it that create the tiny scrubbers that help to scrub off the dead skin cells. Still, there is more to a product than what most are drawn to. While it’s fine to be drawn to certain scents and brands because they are advertised to sell, it’s also good to know what’s in a product. Given what we outwardly know about this product with the words “charcoal” and “bamboo”, as they are very popular right now, getting to know how they work is most important.
I looked up when charcoal was brought into everyday products that we use. And as far as I can tell, we have been using it since approximately 500 ce. That is a long time. And it was used for ingesting in the 1800s as far as documentation can tell. Charcoal is used to draw out dirt and oil and other nasties that we don’t want in our skin. It makes sense how I saw an immediate improvement when it came to the hives I had encountered. It was taking out the irritants that had caused them. Not to say that this would work every time for everyone. I had also consulted a doctor and used calamine lotion to help with the itching. What I didn’t know was that in some cases charcoal can be used on infected wounds. I’ve never tried this, so I can’t say if the soap would do the same.
As mentioned the bamboo is there for exfoliating purposes. Most of the time you find bamboo products in the form of a body brush. But in this case, it’s basically ground-up bamboo in soap. I enjoy the benefits of this soap and it has lasted me a while. Since currently, I am the only one that is using it. 🙂
Veilment has a great line of other products that I highly recommend. So far the charcoal bath bar is my favorite. Though I also like the Veilment Natural Spa Black Rose Body Essence.
15 Reasons Why I love Veilment Scrubbing Soap Bars
- It doesn’t harbor bacteria like loofahs (that doesn’t mean it’s good to share it)
- It cleanses my skin
- It helps remove dead skin cells
- My skin hasn’t been as itchy and dry
- Great for before applying any skin care product because it is more evenly applied and absorbed better
- It is eco-friendly (liquid soap isn’t as friendly but if if prefer it, that’s fine)
- It doesn’t have a strong smell (which I like)
- My skin doesn’t look dry
- Good for when I need to shave those legs
- It hasn’t altered my skins natural oils as far as I can tell
- Less Preservative
- Lasts a long time (I have had had a LOT of showers since buying it a few months ago)
- Travel friendly (how many times had that little container of liquid soap come out due to cabin pressure in your travel bag even when you wrapped it in plastic?)
- Minus the fact this particular soap bar is new to us, it’s part of a long history of soap bar use!
- The little bits of bamboo aren’t harmful to the environment like those tiny little plastic microbeads. There is enough plastic in the ocean.
BENEFITS of This Soap
• Daily body scrub and cleansing bar
• Enriched with Korean bamboo charcoal, walnut shell, apricot seed and cranberry powder
• Rub in for a soothing massage
• Bamboo Charcoal – Our environmentally friendly Bamboo Charcoal 2-in-1 exfoliating cleansers help draw out impurities to detoxify and purify.
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water/Eau, Palm Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Palm Kernel Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Charcoal Powder, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Powder, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Allantoin, Sea Salt/Sel Marin, Serine, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)