Probiotics have become a hit in the world recently. People are becoming more and more aware of the importance of probiotics for our health due to the huge amount of studies conducted on the effects of consuming probiotics. If you’re unsure of what probiotics are, they are microorganisms that have a variety of health benefits when consumed. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kefir and are highly important for our digestive system.
Recent studies have shown that these beneficial bacteria can be used as a remedy as they can balance the amount of bacteria in your body and skin. This is great news for people suffering from digestive problems as well as skin problems such as eczema which come as a result of bacterial infections. Besides defeating bacteria, however, probiotics are said to possess the ability to delay aging and fight wrinkles.
The skin is the largest organ in our body, and due to the fact that it’s uncovered, it should be treated with care. It is the first line of defense against germs and contains beneficial bacteria (micro flora) which are highly important for its proper function. The micro flora plays an essential role in the prevention of the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut, so boosting its levels is of vital importance.
Due to the fragile state of our skin, we should do everything we can to protect it. This doesn’t include the use of commercial products such as deodorants on it. All the skin care products such as creams, lotions and deodorants contain a high amount of chemicals and toxins which can harm the skin beyond repair. These chemicals also kill the micro flora in our skin and increase the risk of harmful bacterial overgrowth.
The alternatives are not great – the so-called “green” deodorants are not so green after all and are expensive as well. On the other hand, the common deodorants contain a variety of chemicals such as aluminum, propylene glycol, triclosan, parabens and phthalates. Some of these compounds have been linked to breast and skin cancer, birth defects as well as hormonal imbalance and allergies, so they’re certainly not suitable for your skin. These products also inhibit certain natural processes in the body which can lead to a variety of serious problems. This is why we should use only natural products on our skin. You can prepare different deodorants, creams and lotions by yourself at home which will keep your skin healthy and prevent the destruction of its micro flora.
Here’s how to prepare a natural deodorant:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 2 ½ tablespoons arrowroot powder
- ¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 2 capsules probiotics
- 15 drops of your favorite essential oil
First, put the coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax in a pot and heat them on low heat until they melt. Now, turn off the stove and take the pot off it, then add the arrowroot powder and mix well, then add the baking soda slowly and mix until everything is nicely combined. Add the essential oil and vitamin E next, then leave the mixture to solidify. When it’s solid, open the probiotic capsules and add them to the mixture, mixing well with a spatula. Transfer the mixture in a clean container and keep it in the fridge. This dose should last you for 3-4 months. You should only use a small amount on your underarms, as too much can make your skin too oily.
When preparing any kind of skin care product at home, make sure it contains shelf-stable probiotic supplements like lactobacillus or bifidobacterial. These probiotics can survive the acidic pH of your intestines during digestion so they can be absorbed into the body. If you have sensitive skin, you should omit the essential oil from the recipe.
While on the subject of essential oils, we suggest always using the antibacterial types such as tea tree oil. Geranium, lime, lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang, peppermint and rosemary oils work just as well.
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