Oatmeal – It is More than a Boring Breakfast

January is National Oatmeal Month (yep, it gets a WHOLE month).  Now, I know the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the word “oatmeal” is kind of a grey lumpy breakfast food with no flavor that your mom made you eat on cold mornings …. at least that’s what came to my mind!

But oatmeal is so much more than that.

Aside from being a natural and healthy breakfast food and a nutritious addition to cookies and granola – oatmeal is good for your skin.

Perfect Peace

Did you know oatmeal is:

  • an anti-inflammatory
  • is very moisturizing and will remove dead skin cells
  • can relieve dry itchy skin quickly
  • an all natural treatment for acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes

These properties and more make oatmeal the perfect additive to our all natural soaps. Oatmeal is great for even the most sensitive skin types. For this reason we make

Three all natural soaps that contain oatmeal

Soothing Solitude

In honor of this little grain – we are offering a discount on all our oatmeal soaps this week.  

So zip on over to our shopping page; and  purchase any or all of  our oatmeal soaps put in the coupon code OatmealMonth at check out and receive 33% off the all natural oatmeal soaps! This code is good ALL month!

Fine Print: This offer can not be combined with any other offer. Customer is responsible for any applicable tax or shipping. bla bla bla

 

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Forgotten Skin Care

In researching some things for this blog post, I stumbled upon an interesting statement, one that I hadn’t really thought about before.

Don't forget your hands

The first step to your skin care regimen should be to wash your hands.  Our hands carry around billions of bacteria at any given moment, and every time you touch your face, you transfer this bacteria from your hands, which accounts for skin breakouts and unhealthy looking skin.

So, the next time you start to wash your face, or put on makeup or moisturizer – remember to wash your hands first.  Your skin will thank you.

PS – Don’t rely on antibacterial products – not only do they kill good bacteria, they help create resistant bacteria that are harder to kill.  A good soap is all you need to kill the bad bacteria.

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Winter Skin Care & a Birthday Coupon

Like it or not, it seems that winter weather is here.  And with it comes dry, chapped skin.  Sometimes it seems like no matter what we do, we still end up with dry hands and chapped lips.  Well, fortunately, there are some things you can do to combat the dry cold weather and keep your skin soft and smooth all winter long.

  • Use oil based moisturizers. Many products on the market these days have water as their first ingredient.  The higher the oil to water ratio is, the more moisturizing a lotion is.  The oil creates a protective barrier on the skin.   Glynne’s Soaps lotions are made entirely from skin softening oils such as shea butter and coconut oil.  They contain no water and so they are more moisturizing than other creams and lotions.
  • Drink lots of water.  Your skin can become dry due to dehydration, so don’t forget to drink lots of water and limit the amount of alcohol to stay hydrated.
  • Skip the blow dryer. If at all possible, let your hair dry naturally.  Using a blow dryer just adds to the dryness of your skin by exposing it to the hot dry air.
  • Don’t forget your lips. Cold, dry weather and high winds can leave your lips dry and cracked.  Using a natural lip balm will get them back to kissable form in no time.  It’s important to remember to stay away from products that contain petroleum because it will make the chapping worse.  A good rule of thumb to follow for not only your lip balm, but all your moisturizers is to only use things on your skin that contain ingredients safe enough to eat.  Food grade oils and butters instead of petroleum and chemical based products are safer for your skin and will keep you feeling soft all winter.  If possible, choose a lip balm with sunscreen.  Even in the winter, the sun can be damaging.

The skin is your largest organ.  It is important to keep it healthy and looking good.  Following a few simple steps and making sure you use only the best all natural products is the best way to avoid dry winter skin.

Don’t forget that your dog’s skin can suffer ill effects from the winter weather also.  Using an all natural soap for bathing will help.  Try Glynne’s Soaps Roxy Dog and Cat soap.  It’s made with neem oil, which is wonderful at relieving itchy skin.  For the pads of their feet and their nose, you can get NoZes &ToZes, a natural balm containing lavender and tea tree essential oils for healing.

Birthday Coupon Alert!!!

The staff of Glynne’s Soaps would like to take this opportunity to wish Gayle a very Happy Birthday.  Her birthday is today, and we are  taking the day off to celebrate.  Thank you Gayle for all the hard work you do to make Glynne’s Soaps the great company that it is.  We couldn’t do it without you! – Jenn, Wrigley & Marshall

To celebrate the event, we are offering a coupon for 25% off any website order placed today.  Just use the coupon code “Gayle’s 49″ to get your discount!

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Living Green

Yesterday we attended the Green Living Conference and Expo in downtown Wilmington NC. It was a fun event with many like-minded people. It is so nice to attend an event where the environment takes center stage! More and more everyone is realizing that everything we do affects the environment in one way or another.  Moreover, the things that have a harmful effect on the environment can have a harmful effect on our health. One area that can be improved is in the area of skin care. If the products you are using have a negative effect on the earth, they probably are not the best things you could be putting on your skin.

There are many reasons to go green with you skin care:

  • To keep your skin safe. The FDA does not require safety tests before personal care products enter the market. The chemical ingredients listed on the back of your favorite soap may not be healthy for you or the environment.
  • To keep the earth clean. Just because something is touted to clean your skin, does not automatically mean it is clean for the earth as well. If you see the ingredients mercury, lead acetate, toluene or petroleum, you might want to consider something that is safer for our rivers, lakes and oceans.
  • To support a sustainable economy.  Contributing to companies that have products and services that are healthy for you and the environment goes a long way toward bettering the planet and the global economy.

What are some things to look for when trying to keep your skin and the earth safe from dangerous chemicals? Research states that 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your blood stream. Be on the look out for these in the list of ingredients:

  • Parabens – including methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben — might be associated with skin problems like irritations, dermatitis and allergic reactions
  • sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  • sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
  • artificial fragrances
  • lanolin
  • phthalates – dibutylphthalate, diethylphthalate, and butyl ester- have been linked to birth defects
  • petrochemicals – petroleum-based substances like mineral oil and paraffins – petroleum products not only take hundreds of years to biodegrade, but they might be linked to skin irritation, allergies and cancer. •
  • DMDM hydantoin – breaks down to release formaldehyde, which is classified as a probable human carcinogen.

Many natural ingredients can be used to protect, rejuvenate and soothe your skin. They are to numerous to list here, but here are a few examples of ingredients to look for when buying green skin care products.

Plant Extracts:

  • Cucumber soothes and reduces inflammation. (Like our California Cool)
  • Green and white teas have antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radicals. (Like our ZenAura)

Essential Oils:

  • Tea tree oil is an antiseptic and provides light hydration; it is great for acne-prone skin. (Like our Misty Mountain)
  • Lavender oil evens skin tone and balances moisture levels. (Like our Perfect Peace)

Other Natural Aids: •

So, as you are looking for ways to “go green”, do not forget your daily cleaning regimen. You can find all the soaps mentioned on our website. Your skin and your earth will thank you.

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