Tar soap - one of the few means, in the ratio of price and quality of which the latter outweighs many times. It costs a penny, and you can get a lot of benefits from it. Knowing the properties of tar soap, they can replace many expensive medical and cosmetic preparations. However, using tar soap for the face or hair, you should know all the nuances of its use, so as not to get disappointed instead of joy.
What makes tar soap?
The basis of this bath product is birch tar - an extract obtained from birch wood. It is part of many ointments and medicinal preparations; One of the most widely known is Vishnevsky ointment. Smell and color are not the strongest sides of this product, but tar-based preparations do not contain synthetic flavors, coloring agents, and many other chemical reagents, an additional bonus to which their low price goes.
Properties of tar soap
The effect of the use of tar soap is based on the healing properties of birch tar itself. We list the main ones:
- antimicrobial action;
- eliminating itching and redness;
- regenerating, restoring keratinization;
To a certain extent, all of these properties has tar soap. In particular, it is an excellent antiseptic. Situations in which it is recommended:
- oily, problem skin of the face;
- acne, acne, including as a prophylactic during the period of hormonal activity (adolescence);
- various dermatitis and skin diseases, including psoriasis and versicolor;
- nail fungus;
- seborrhea and other scalp problems;
- itching of various origins and redness of the skin;
- as an aid for thrush;
- ticks and fleas in animals;
- cracked heels;
- hair loss.
Smell - not the only "side effect" of tar. Therefore, despite the fact that it contains only 10% of the soap, it should be handled with care.
Do not use tar soap for washing owners of very thin and dry skin. If you still use it, apply immediately after washing a nourishing cream - to avoid tightening and cracking of the skin.
Tar can cause an allergic reaction, so those who suffer from any form of allergy should have a preliminary test on a small area of skin in a sensitive area.
Another contraindication is kidney disease. Also with great caution should be applied containing tar products during pregnancy and feeding, and better - eliminate them altogether.
Do not overdo it! To use tar soap without a break for a long time is not recommended.
How to use soap for face and body?
To use tar soap from acne and other problems with the skin of the face (greasiness, inflammation, weathering, tendency to reddening) is best in the morning, immediately after waking up. Well soaped hands, apply the foam on the face and leave for 10-12 minutes. Wash off the soap with cool water and apply a light day cream suitable for your skin type. At first, perform the procedure in the morning every day, as your skin improves, it will be enough to do it 2-3 times a week. Take care of your eyes!
If the face has large acne and highly inflamed areas, you can use a small bar of soap for more intense local exposure. Scrape off some soap with a knife, wet it well and rub it between your fingers. Apply this gruel locally to the problem area. This procedure is best done overnight, and in this case no cream should be applied to this area.
It is absolutely impossible to arrange an "execution" with squeezing acne before washing with tar soap! Remember: the less you touch them with your hands, the faster the healing process. In addition, tar has a strong regenerating effect, and your ruthlessly torn acne can quickly turn into ugly scars.
To get rid of acne, pustules, itching in other parts of the body, use tar soap instead of shower gel. You can do this for preventive purposes. Sometimes it is the shower gels that cause unpleasant rashes on the body, the soap does not contain any dyes and active chemical additives. Do not be afraid of the smell of tar: it, as a rule, rather quickly disappears.
Analyzing the experience of those who, at different times and for different reasons, used tar soap, both for eliminating acne and for preventive purposes, it can be said that it is not suitable for everyone and not always. Against the background of rave reviews about getting rid of acne and even the rapid healing of punctures under the piercing, there are warnings that after prolonged use of the soap, such a side effect was observed as folliculitis - inflammation of the skin-oily hair follicles due to their blockage. At the first unsuccessful signs of a skin condition, the use of soap with tar should be stopped until the true causes of the problem have been ascertained.
Being the strongest antiseptic, tar soap can be an effective assistant in terms of intimate hygiene. Its application is especially recommended after deep epilation of the bikini area and in the postpartum period for quick healing of both minor injuries during hair removal and postpartum stitches and scars.
Tar soap can also help in the treatment of thrush, as it, unlike ordinary soap, does not violate the acidic environment of the sensitive intimate area. Due to its bactericidal properties, it fights against thrush and, moreover, promotes the healing of vaginal microcracks, counteracts the penetration of secondary infection into them.
Beauty and health of hair
The tar in the soap helps with such problems with hair as dandruff, loss, itching, high fat content, eczema of the head, seborrhea, fungus. In addition, it stimulates the growth of hair. Using such soap for washing hair, it is important to know and follow some simple rules.
To avoid salting the hair, do not soap it with a piece of soap and do not use too hot water. Foam the soap in your hands or in a small amount of warm water, and then apply this foam on your hair. Wait 10-15 minutes before washing off. For rinsing the head, use acidified water - you can add 3-4 tbsp. l 7-9% vinegar in a jug of water. If you use a balm, then after rinsing with vinegar, you can not do this - the hair will become soft and voluminous.
How to make tar soap yourself?
To do this, you need to take a solid toilet soap with the lowest possible pH (baby's will work well) and rub it on a fine grater. Pour in a couple of tablespoons of warm water and melt the mixture in a water bath. If you want to add some essential oils, honey or other ingredients to the soap, do it at this stage. In a melted homogeneous mixture add birch tar bought at the pharmacy in the ratio of 1:10 (per 100 g of soap - 10 g of tar), mix well, remove from the bath and cool slightly. After that, you can pour the finished tar soap in the molds. It will be ready for use after a week.
Proper use of tar soap will serve the health and beauty of your body. This uncomplicated product, known to several generations, can seriously compete with newfangled skin care products. But even if you really liked the effect of using soap with tar, you need to remember the sense of proportion, so as not to harm your appearance.