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Herbal Body Cleansers

Updated on August 10, 2009

Herbal Body Cleansers

In recent decades the skin care industry has virtually exploded into a multi-billion dollar business. In the ever-elusive search for the “fountain of youth”, people are almost willing to sell their souls to stop the process of aging and the normal free radical damage that occurs to the skin just by living daily life. Not only are there products available to mask certain skin conditions such as age spots, crows feet, and pimples, but there has also been a great emphasis on skin cleansing as well. The skin cleansing industry that has surfaced as a sub-genre of the skin care phenomenon that has virtually swept modern culture is an industry that truly knows no limits due to the many different types of cleansers that are on the markets. While soap has been around for a long time, the skin cleansing industry has of late become a much more sophisticated industry. While some companies focus on chemically-based cleansers such as salicylic acid, or other cleaners that contain such controversial chemicals as propylene glycol (also found in brake fluid of all things), many consumers feel that such synthesized or laboratory-produced chemicals are too harsh for the human skin, or can produce harmful side effects from prolonged usage. Other people’s reservations go even deeper due to the controversy surrounding animal testing and other morality-driven issues with skin products, so they desire to steer clear of synthesized or man-made solutions altogether. Since the ultimate goal is skin health, many people don’t want to “shoot themselves in the foot”, so to speak, using potentially harmful chemicals to clean their skin, due to the possible negative cumulative effect that these products are suspected to produce. This is why many people are turning to herbal body cleansers for relief, not only for their skin but also for their conscience to a degree.

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Herbal Body Cleansers: Cleaning the Body from the Inside Out

Herbal body cleansers are considered to be much milder to the skin due to the emphasis on all-natural ingredients. Many cleansers contain the famed ingredient aloe vera, while others use hints of citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons. Citrus fruits have always been hailed for the cleaning power of citric acid, which is also used in natural surface cleaners and so forth. Ingredients such as milk and honey are also commonly found in herbal body cleansers, and many manufacturers of herbal cleansers pack their products with antioxidants such as Vitamin E and other skin-friendly ingredients. One of the main purposes or objectives of natural body cleansers is to promote overall skin health from a holistic standpoint, i.e., from the inside out, and to steer clear from anything that does not “harmonize” with ingredients that are found in nature. For this reason there are a lot of herbal body cleansers that are designed for ingestion as well, and not just for topical skin cleansing. The words “herbal body cleansers” apply not just to the skin only, but also to overall body health, and the herbs and ingredients that are used all have a unique function that are designed to promote better internal health by way of detoxifying the body. Some common ingredients of herbal body cleansers include licorice root, ginkgo, garlic, red clover, dandelion root, ginseng, and rose hips. Although there are several cleansers such as these that are hailed for their healing and detoxifying properties, no conclusive evidence has been drawn from them, and as you will see on most of the products’ labels, their claims have not been evaluated by the FDA. Also there has been a raging controversy for a while now about whether or not these herbs actually assist in healing or treating certain diseases and adverse physical symptoms. As with anything else, it is recommended that before you buy any herbal body cleansers, you need to thoroughly do your homework on the different ingredients that are mentioned on their labels, and make the most informed decision you can make based on your personal findings.


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      SteadyHubs 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks Jennifer!

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      Jennifer 7 years ago

      Great post,

      Thank you.