Skin exfoliation is quite important for skin health. Older cells on the surface take longer to slough off, resulting in a dry or rough appearance of the skin. The pile up of old skin and debris also blocks the pores, spurring acne, other blemishes, and a dull skin tone in some individuals. Bare Naked Soap produces both smooth gentle soaps as well as rough exfoliating ones, and a lot in between. Completely natural too.
Poppy Seeds - I love these as much for the design aspect as well as the exfoliation. Hint - if you have ticklish feet, don't go there. As a hand soap though, I love it. I find myself washing my hands a little longer to give myself a mini palm massage. Oats - they can make a soap texture mildly bumpy or very scratchy depending on how many are used. Oat Bran - smoother texture than the oats but still exfoliating.
Coffee Grounds - the smell when making cold process soap up - mmmmm. The scent doesn't some through unfortunately but the grounds are amazing exfoliation. A lot of people use this for gardeners soap and some mechanics use it as the grounds get into the fine lines on dirty hands, and the oils in the soap get rid of grease on the hands (like attracts like). And then there's the thought that coffee grounds get rid of cellulite - probably best promoted as 'post christmas soap'. Walnut Shell Powder - this powder can aid with skin issues like acne, eczema, blisters and even ringworm. It's also used to treat psoriasis and canker sores.
Walnut shell powder can also be used to treat skin conditions that occur as a result of fungal infection. Lemon/Orange Peel Powder - this gives the skin some vitamin C and is an antibacterial ingredient.
Coconut Flakes - gently exfoliating as the flakes are softened with the heat of your shower or bath. Clays - every clay used has multiple benefits, some are more exfoliating than others but they are gentle compared to other ingredients here. A lot of them are fantastic for mopping up excess oils.
Calendula - These petals provide a gentle exfoliation for the body and have added benefits of nutrients that are useful for nourishing the skin. The petals are used in anti inflammatory creams/balms/salves.
Cinnamon Spice - Cinnamon is considered a mild astringent or a compound that helps to shrink skin tissue, it has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties making it a beneficial ingredient. Clove Spice - this is antibacterial, antiseptic, prevents contagion, improves the appearance of bruises, fights athlete’s foot, and relieves poor circulation and tired legs.
Another great exfoliant. Turmeric - the anti-inflammatory qualities can target your pores and calm the skin and help to reduce scarring. Paprika - is an antioxidant packed with vitamins, iron, and beta-carotene, which can prevent the occurrence of freckles and age spots.
There will be many more flavours added to the Bare Naked Soap range in time, watch this space...