Pop quiz! What is your body’s largest organ?
It may surprise you to find that the answer is… your skin! Our skin is so important because not only does it act as a protective layer, but it’s a crucial aid to our overall health. While nutrition and healthy eating are undeniably important, the products we apply to our skin are also very important. Did you know that your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it? This is why Love By Jade is such a big proponent of only using all natural ingredients.
You may find that we tend to incorporate a lot of uniquely beneficial oils into our butters and serums, and that while you may find oils in our product catalogue, you don’t see any lotions. Allow us to briefly explain why that is, any why you should look into making the switch from using lotions to body oils. Trust us – your skin will love you for it.
Pause for a moment and consider your morning or evening shower routine. You probably pick out the clothes you’ll wear after, get the shower started, hop in and lather up, belt out your best Mariah Carey impression, dry off with a towel, and apply your lotion. But think about that, most of us desire moisturized, soft skin, yet we have a tendency to dry our skin off before it’s had an opportunity to absorb the water it’s been exposed to. Then cover our skin in a lotion that’s often times filled with potentially harmful chemicals.
Do you know what goes into your lotion? Here are three not so fun facts:
- The majority of most popular lotions contain fragrances. While the scent may put a smile on our face and draw the attention of our friends, family, and significant others (I mean, who wouldn’t love to snuggle up next to someone who smells like morning dew covered rose petals?) But that fragrance comes at a price. It’s comprised of hundreds of chemicals including hormone disrupters and petrochemicals.
- Most lotions are loaded with preservatives to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria due to the lotion’s water components.
- At the most basic level, all lotion products are a compound of oil and water. We’ve all heard the saying, “oil and water don’t mix” and that’s true in lotion, too. So how do these companies get oil and water to seemingly blend in their products? They use a lab-manufactured chemical referred to as an emulsifier, which may expose you and those who come in contact with you to potentially dangerous chemicals including carcinogens and mutagens.
We promote the use of body oils because of their ability to blend all-natural ingredients without the use of preservatives, emulsifiers or other harmful chemicals while simultaneously locking in moisture and providing a protective barrier.
What about your favorite fragrances? Using oil doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the heavenly scents you adore. Body oils can be naturally scented with the extracts from various plants, and many have found that oils, when applied, hold their fragrance significantly longer than their lotion counterparts.
Making the switch to using body oils instead of lotion is an easy and beneficial change. Instead of drying your skin just to apply a preservative and chemical infused product that’s more than 50% water anyway, give your skin the love it deserves.
Treat your skin to a nourishing, hydrating, healthy, antioxidant bathed oil that’s going to lock in the water from your shower leaving you feeling moisturized all day long.
Remember when we pointed out that our skin absorbs 60% of what we apply to it? Keep that in mind the next time you get out of the shower. If you’re interested in learning more about some of the ingredients we use in our products and how they affect your skin, we invite you to take a look at our Ingredient Library.