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Below are a list of ingredients that LBB uses in either our products. This page serves an info directory to help you better under stand these ingredients their effectiveness in products and your skin!
Oatmeal (Ground or Colloidal)
Ground oatmeal contains large amounts of silica, which may benefit problem skin when used externally. Many individuals with eczema use oatmeal to soothe the itching, dryness and irritation caused by the condition. People with acne-prone skin also might benefit from using oatmeal in a skin cream, as it helps draw out impurities that clog pores.
Kaolin is an odorless powder that comes in a variety of colors ranging from white, yellow, and red. Kaolin clay is used in face masks because of its ability to adsorb toxins without drying out your skin. It soaks up any impurities in the skin such as oil, grime, or dead skin cells. This cleanses out the pores and prevents them from clogging up and causing breakouts. After rinsing, it leaves your skin feeling smooth and comfortable.
Draws out toxins – Bentonite Clay mask will help draw out toxins through the skin which may cause premature aging. It can draw out heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
Opens up clogged skin pores – Skin sometimes gets clogged by sebum, the oil that is naturally produced by the skin to keep it moisturized or prevent it from being too dry. Excess sebum production is the major cause of acne. When excess sebum is produced, it gets trapped in the pores of the skin creating a conducive environment for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria causes inflammation which results in pimples and blackheads. Bentonite clay will draw excess sebum from the skin.
Tones and tightens the skin – Bentonite has astringent properties so it has the ability to shrink body tissues. This is particularly useful in dealing with enlarged pores. Enlarged pores are caused by the accumulation of oil and dirt in the skin, age (due to loss of skin elasticity) and sun damage. Using Bentonite clay will reduce the appearance of enlarged pores making skin appear younger.
Reduces blemishes – There are different types of skin blemishes which include skin discoloration, blackheads, uneven skin tone and age spots. Bentonite clay’s astringent and skin unclogging properties are the reasons why this clay mask can reduce blemishes.
Exfoliates the skin – Exfoliating skin helps it look young and more vibrant. This is because exfoliation removes dead skin cells which may cause pores to get clogged. Clogged pores may cause acne and skin blemishes. Skin exfoliation also reveals healthier looking skin as it encourages the renewal of skin cells.
Coconut Milk (Liquid or Powder)
Applying coconut milk to your skin does more than just moisturize it.
- Coconut milk combats dryness, itchiness, swelling, and redness, soothes the skin, and promotes a healthy, glowing skin.
- It has excellent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that when applied on sunburns, can effectively heal the skin in no time.
- Coconut milk is packed with vitamin C and copper, which help to maintain the elasticity and flexibility of the skin while improving its appearance and health.
- The antimicrobial properties of the milk prevent breakouts, and its fats prevent the skin pores from clogging.
- Exfoliates the skin
Goat Milk (Liquid or Powder)
Cleanses gently yet deeply: The lactic acid component of pure goat milk is known to play a key role in cleansing our skin by eliminating impurities. It also contains alpha hydroxy acids that break down the bonds between dead cells and remove the dull surface layer of the skin to give the skin a squeaky clean appearance.
Promotes healthy and nourished skin: Goat milk is packed with vitamins, such as A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E, etc., and minerals, such as zinc, copper, iron, selenium, etc. Apart from that it also includes fatty acids, amino acids, citric acid, antioxidants and enzymes. All these are needed not just for our body but are also important for our skin. However, the best part is that goat milk can penetrate the surface layer of the skin fast and provide each of our tissues sufficient amounts of nutrients.
Keeps the skin soft and moisturized: Goat milk itself is an emollient or natural moisturizer that gets absorbed by the skin instantly and creates a moisture barrier to keep it soft, smooth and supple for a longer period of time. It is loaded with proteins, fatty acids and glycerine, which contribute to its super hydrating and moisturizing properties. In soap, the creamy texture gives a luxurious softness by penetrating the upper layer of the skin and reaching the cracks and gaps formed between the cells quite easily.
Prevents Premature Aging: Being rich in powerful antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, goat milk can keep our body free from the oxidative damages caused by free radicals. It also eliminates the layer of dead cells from the surface layer of our skin and reveals the new cell layers underneath. Both of these result into delayed aging and getting rid of premature signs of aging like the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and so on.
Keeps skin acne-free: According to experts, goat milk soap is capable of giving tough competition to any other anti-bacterial soap available in the market, especially when it comes to treating acne and blemishes. The milk proteins present in the products possesses amazing anti-microbial properties, which help prevent the growth of acne-causing bacteria and destroy the ones already on your skin.
Relieves Irritation And Inflammation: Regular use of goat milk on the skin (such as goat milk soap or lotion) can be helpful in relieving the skin inflammation. Goat milk is known to have strong anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of fat molecules in it. Besides, it does not include chemical additives. So, anybody (even people with sensitive skin) can use it without worrying about irritation or inflammation.
Heals Skin Infections Quickly: As said in the previous point, goat milk can soothe our skin without causing itchiness. On the other hand, it also offers effective anti-microbial effects. Therefore, the soap made from it can easily be used to heal skin infections, such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis faster.
Maintains pH balance of the skin: Goat milk soap helps balance the pH level of our body perfectly. It has been found that goat milk contains a certain fatty acid named caprylic acid, which lowers the pH balance of soap and makes it almost similar to that of the human body. As a result, our skin can absorb most of the nutrients from the soap and prevent the attack of germs successfully.
Repairs Damaged Skin Faster: Goat milk is enriched with alpha hydroxyl acids, which removes dead skin cells and encourage the growth of fresh new cells in our body. It helps in repairing damaged skin, giving us a young and vibrant look.
Yogurt (Natural or Powder)
Yogurt is a delicious vitamin-packed food that is great for breakfast and can also be eaten as a healthy snack. But did you know that yogurt also has great benefits for your skin when applied topically?
Yogurt has been used on skin for beauty benefits since ancient times. In India, using yogurt for skin is still valued as a great way to clear acne and pimples. Even Cleopatra from ancient Egypt was famous for her daily sour milk baths that kept her skin glowing and youthful.
Yogurt contains many powerful nutrients, but here we will focus on the nutrients responsible for rejuvenating and promoting healthy skin. Here are the top four nutrients that make yogurt so healthy for skin:
- Contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce red swellings caused by acne or rashes.
- Is a mild astringent, which means it can help tighten tissues.
- Is necessary for cell reproduction and growth of tissues.
- Alleviates acne and pimples.
- Helps regulate oil production in the sebaceous glands, thereby preventing oily skin and frequent acne breakouts.
Lactic acid, one of the key ingredients in yogurt, is used in many skin care products. Reasons why it is great for skin include the facts that it:
- Exfoliates and moisturizes dry skin to make it smooth.
- Helps prevent wrinkles and reduce the appearance of already-existing wrinkles.
Much of the epidermal layer of the skin consists of calcium! Calcium is important for skin because it:
- Contains antioxidants that help prevent and heal dry skin.
- Facilitates skin renewal.
Yogurt is rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B12, and B5. A serving (one cup) of yogurt contains 20 to 30 percent of the daily recommended value of riboflavin. Here's a look at what B vitamins do:
- Riboflavin keeps skin glowing and hydrated.
- Riboflavin is necessary for cell growth and regeneration.
- Riboflavin protects skin cells from oxidative damage by free radicals.
- Vitamin B5 is responsible for facilitating the manufacture of healthy fats in cells.
Sea salt is growing in popularity - not just on the dining room table but in skin products as well. It can be found in a variety of different forms in bath salts, soaps and exfoliating scrubs. Sea salt is made by taking water from the oceans or saline lakes and letting the water evaporate to leave the salts behind, whereas table salt is mined from salt deposits in the earth and heavily processed to produce “clean” salt.
Exfoliator: Sea salt is an excellent exfoliating treatment, and is found as a primary ingredient in many high-end spa treatments. The texture of the sea salt should be smooth to the touch, as you want it to gently slough off the dead skin cells, not scratch the skin. It can also be used as a rub to exfoliate and soften tough skin.
Detoxifier: Sea salt is a natural detoxifier, as the salt absorbs the toxins from the skin. Make a paste out of sea salt and water, apply it to your skin and leave it on for one minute before you get into the shower. Massage the salt off gently in the shower as you bathe. This will not only help detoxify your skin, but will help exfoliate dead skin cells as you rinse it off.
Additional Benefits: Increased circulation, antiseptic effects, soft skin without a greasy feel and reduction in fluid retention are just some of the additional benefits of sea salt for the skin. Since sea salt does not go through the same manufacturing processes as table salt, the minerals from the sea remain, giving sea salts different colorings depending on where they are from. Many of these minerals also provide nutrients and benefits to the skin.
Herbs (fresh, oil, tea, powdered, extract or essential oil)
Calendula - Calendula is beneficial for dry or damaged skin and also promotes the fast healing and regeneration of the skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It has natural restorative properties that infuse the skin with a youthful glow. Calendula oil is also used to protect the skin from premature aging and thinning of the skin. It can affect blood flow to the skin cells, provide antioxidant protection that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and ages spots, and even the visibility of scars.
Chamomile - Chamomile is known as an overall powerful healing, anti-oxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also proves to be very effective in treatment of acne, wounds and scars on skin surface. The herbal tea also possesses amazing healing, moisturizing, cleansing and soothing effect. It can be used topically to prevent itchiness and any skin irritation. In addition, it is also found to be highly effective in preventing and eliminating dandruff. Chamomile can soothe insect bites, chicken pox, wounds, burns, bruises, sunburns, rashes and inflamed skin. The herb is also well known for easing discomfort caused by diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash and other skin irritation.