Essential oils are the weapons that Mother Nature offers us to help us achieve vitality and well-being. Their miraculous effects on the body may never be fully understood, but the effectiveness of our products speak for themselves, as our customers tell us daily. The blend of oils in Muscle Ease lotion, as an example, are able to dissipate the lactic acid in over-worked muscles, thus allowing a quicker and more positive return to ‘normality’ – or as we say, applied before exercise, it allows you to run harder, faster and longer (ask the marathon runners who have used it), while a further application after the event will allow you to recover quicker.

The same applies to all of the products that we manufacture; they each contain a blend of oils that are there for a reason, with this being, in a totally natural way, to help you. Nonetheless, there is an ever-growing number of scientists who appreciate that essential oils have been used successfully for healing for hundreds if not thousands of years, and deserve more serious consideration as a current therapeutic option. They are after all, natures gift from the plant kingdom.

But you can’t patent essential oils, which perhaps allows for the paucity of well-funded research by drug companies, whose only aim is to look for lucrative financial results – and indeed why any oils that you will find in minuscule amounts in soaps and the like, came from a factory and not as our oils do, from plants grown in a field.

Research into Bacterial Resistance to Drugs

Bacteria resistant to most or all of the known antibiotics are a result of over-prescription by doctors combined with the uncontrolled use of antibiotics in the meat industry. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation warns that in this post-antibiotic era when wonder drugs have become powerless against super bugs, something as innocuous as a grazed knee could become deadly.

Thankfully, a substantial body of scientific study into essential oils outwith the UK already exists, in Germany and France and it is from these scientific papers that we will glean the evidence literature and report it to our customers.

Keeping your skin in great condition by soothing it with softened water.

In Scotland, all our water comes from rain – and we certainly get our fair share! It flows into streams, rivers, lochs and reservoirs. It is treated by screening, aeration, clarification, filtration, disinfection and pH adjustment and finally an amount of chlorine is added. We depend on it, and cannot live without it.

However, in any manufacturing process, we either start with hard or softer water, depending on where you are located, and from a skin point of view, it’s the hard water that gives it more problems, and can have significant effects on its appearance.

Calcium and magnesium dissolved in water are the two most common minerals that make water hard, and the levels of water hardness varies depending on where you live in the UK.

The saponification ability of hard water is the real concern. It doesn’t lather well and the bubbles quickly disappear. The reason for this is that hard water is unable to form a solution with solutes in detergents and shampoos due to the high levels of minerals it contains. This in turn allows the soap to form scum and soap residue, as a consequence, is left in your bath or shower and limescale deposits fur the inside of your kettle.

The lack of lather means that there is a need for additional soap, which in turn allows that more chemicals are touching the skin; and the residue left over from the undissolved soap irritates it, leaving it drier and worse for those of us who have sensitive skin. The minerals in the hard water itself absorb vital moisture and natural oils from our skin, destroying its natural barrier.

At SkinLikes we are fortunate to have softer water in abundance. It’s what we use in every product after it has been purified even further by running through microscopic sieves that remove any traces of metals or chemicals that should not be there. Thus, when you use our products, your skin will benefit, rather than skin bathed in hard water that can be hurt by increased disruption of the protective layers and alteration of the corneocyte layers (the outermost layers of the skin).

So, that’s our news for today. We hope that you find it interesting. As always, if you have any questions, then please get in touch by telephone to 0800 023 6252, or by email to advice@skinlikes.co.uk, where will be more than happy to do what we can to help.

Kind regards and best wishes from Jim & Sheila and the team at SkinLikes.