“Most commercial soaps contain detergents, which strip natural protection from the skin, and synthetic moisturizers, to attempt to reverse that damage,” says Sandee Ferman, founder of No Tox Body-Home-Life. “We don’t go down that path. Our Charcoal Facial Bar uses only natural ingredients and cleans thoroughly without harsh chemicals.”
The measure of acidity or alkalinity is pH, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 the most alkaline. As a comparison, water is considered neutral with a pH around 7. The natural pH of skin is between 4.5 to 5.5, slightly acidic, which helps protect the skin from bacteria and infections.
Most soaps and cleansers have a pH between 9 and 12, more alkaline than our body’s skin and therefore most commercial soaps strip away the body’s protective skin mantle. Problems result as the body tries to compensate by over-producing skin oils to restore the protection the soap or cleanser removed.
Ferman created a facial bar with a lower pH, which helps clean without removing the skin’s natural barriers. “We’ve discovered a natural method to lower the pH of soap which helps it cleanse but keeps the skin soft and naturally moisturized.”
Containing food-grade activated charcoal to draw impurities from the skin, and made with mango butter and coconut oil, No Tox’s Charcoal Facial Bar has additional benefits. Mango butter is known for its skin-rejuvenating properties. Proponents claim it helps remove scarring when used for one or two months. Coconut oil has antibacterial benefits and is naturally cleansing. Together, these make a luxurious cleansing facial bar that even users with sensitive skin can enjoy.
No Tox products are available at select local markets and online through their website. For information about No Tox Body-Home-Life, their products and where they can be purchased, visit their website at notoxlife.com.