Sandalwood is renowned for its natural anti-viral properties, and that’s why we’ve added it to a number of our hand and body washes. We asked Heaven Skincare Founder Deborah Mitchell to explain how it can help
"The government has quite rightly advised us to wash our hands frequently and for 20 seconds each time (serenading your family with two verses of Happy Birthday is, of course, optional).
Good old soap and water is a really effective way to fight viruses but so many of my clients who are following the advice are now suffering from red, flaky or painful skin because they are using harsh anti-bacterial washes and gels far more than normal.
So this got me thinking ... what can I add to my products that can help ease this issue? I’ve known about the benefits of sandalwood for a long time – while you may be aware of it being used to fragrance perfumes and soaps, it has also been used as an anti-viral antiseptic and astringent before the discovery of penicillin to treat headaches, stomach upsets, urinary infections and venereal diseases.
The benefit of adding it to my washes is that it is much kinder on your skin; it won’t dry your hands, instead it’s soothing and gently while still delivering a thorough cleanse.
I have also used pure essential Indian sandalwood oil rather than just perfume as this is far more effective. Team with my Vanilla Pod Hand Cream which instantly nourishes and hydrates.
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Indian sandalwood essential oil has been added to the exclusive Heaven hand and body wash range, available online at heavenskincare.com.