We’ve all injured our skin at one time or another. Obviously the extent of the wound plays a part in our healing and some people just have a natural tendency to scar more than others. But that doesn’t mean that you have to give up all hope – there are some natural ways to help the skin heal while reducing the appearance of a scar.
Preventing a scar 101
I believe that moisture is the key to healthy skin at all times, but hydration is even more important when the skin has been injured and needs some TLC. In early 2017 I discovered that I had to get a cancerous mole removed from my neck. As I didn’t want to scar, I set out to create a natural product that I hoped would help the wound heal quickly, as well as keep the area moisturised. The thing with scars is that prevention is better than the cure. Studies show that moisturising a newly healed wound can help prevent transepidermal water loss, which in turn prevents the inflammatory response (increased collagen production) that causes a scar to form on the skin.
My own ‘scar healing’ journey
The photos show that over time the Mango Kokum Balm helped reduce the swelling, removed most of the pain and healed the wound quickly. I applied this frequently during the day.
A blend of natural wound healing ingredients
My Mango and Kokum Balm is a vegan, all natural formula to treat open wounds, cuts and abrasions as well as improve scar tissue – so it’s perfect for the first aid kit. I applied it four times per day and was thrilled with how well it soothed pain, reduced swelling and minimised the scar, as you can see in the pictures.
If you haven’t tried kokum butter you’re in for a treat. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, and was traditionally used to help rejuvenate damaged, sensitive, dry or mature skin. Plus it’s non-comedogenic, so it won’t block pores. I blended it with creamy, nutrient-rich mango butter and added precious camellia oil, which penetrates into the deepest layers of the skin to retain moisture and is rich in essential fatty acids as well as vitamins, A, B, and E and various minerals. It also contains squalene to hydrate the skin. The balm’s exotic scent is thanks to the addition of frankincense and lavender essential oils, which have long been used not only for their fragrance but for their healing and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Heal the skin, reduce scars and so much more
Mango and Kokum Balm has a luxurious silky texture and leaves your skin touchably soft. You can use it to moisturise any dry, chapped skin (elbows, feet and hands) as well as nourish cuticles – ideal if you get hangnails! You can even rub a tiny bit between your palms and smooth over the ends of your hair to tame frizz. This multi-tasking magic worker is my star product and I hope you enjoy using it as much as I do.