If it wasn’t for my oatmeal soap, I would not have a soap company today. 🙂
I thought I would share why I started making soaps and why I started with Oatmeal.
Before you read, I just want you to know that I am not bashing chemical peels or any type of cosmetic procedure. I know that every one’s skin IS different and I have meet women that had wonderful experiences from theirs. I wasn’t one of them.
I had a bad, painful allergic reaction to a Chemical peel. I did not look like Samantha Jones from Sex And The City, her face was red…
but mine purplish red, swollen with welts. I’ll spare you the picture! Before I had the Chemical peel, I did tell the esthetician that I did have sensitive skin and she assured me that I would be fine because she was using the “mildest” of the peel.
Within a matter of minutes of applying the gunk, I was in tears! I was literally crying from the pain and she said that was “normal.”
It’s not! For two weeks, my face felt like there was fiberglass stuck in it.
My face never “peeled,” but a month later it did heal only to leave a little scare on the side of my nose-nothing bad, truly and it could have been worse!!!! One of the side effects from the Chemical peel was that I couldn’t find anything to wash my face with at all that would not irritate it.
So, I started to investigate…I read everything I could online or at my local Tampa library (yay for libraries). I also took classes about skin, skin care and soaps. After testing many, MANY batches I finally came up with a glycerin base luxurious soap formula that didn’t irritate my skin and I added oatmeal to it.
There have been a lot of studies that show colloidal oatmeal can be an effective moisturizer for your skin. Some great facts about colloidal oatmeal that you can discuss at your next dinner party, is that:
1. It doesn’t interfere with the cleaning ability of soap. In fact it contains something called plant saponin which is a natural and mild cleanser!
1. Colloidal oatmeal can help improve your skin’s natural barriers, which is especially helpful to patients experiencing Rosacea.
2. Colloidal oatmeal also has something in it called phenols, which provide it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Colloidal oatmeal also acts as a very mild exfoliating agent. The nice thing about this type of exfoliation is how mild it is. Because the particle size of colloidal oatmeal is so small and relatively soft, it can usually be used on your face and other sensitive areas that traditional exfoliating agents might irritate. You’re skin has a pretty complex pH system. You have an acid mantle, which sits on top of your skin and helps protect you from the environment. This has a pH of about 5. Subsequent layers of skin have differing pH levels. Sometimes products that are too alkaline can throw off the pH of your skin, causing or aggravating certain skin problems. Colloidal oatmeal acts as a pH buffer which helps correct the pH of your skin.
4. Colloidal oatmeal has been used for centuries to soothe the skin and help relieve itch. This might be a side effect of the anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, but it’s still a great benefit.
I also add Honey to my Oatmeal soap. Honey is full of antioxidants, which is great for slowing down aging.
So that is how I started Tracy’s Soaps, I urge you to find out what works for you and to not stop at just what one person tells you. I can only tell you what worked for me.
We are all beautiful.
Thank-you for reading!
If you would like to see more of my “discoveries,” be sure to check out my website at TracysSoaps.com