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Handmade soaps for healthy skin

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Fun and fragrant handmade soaps

These fragrant soaps come in fun shapes, colors and designs. But they aren't just adorable -- these handmade soaps are also great for your skin.

Neapolitan soapsicle

Soapylove

I can't get enough of Soapylove, home of the Soapsicle. These fantastic handmade soaps come in the shape of popsicles.

Whether you are buying these for yourself or shopping for a gift for someone else, you will love browsing the Soapylove website and viewing all the wonderful products. Each Soapylove Soapsicle is the same size as an actual popsicle and even has a wooden stick.

You can choose from a variety of styles and fragrances, from lemonade to Neopolitan to Fudgey. (And in the holiday season, get special variations like Candy Cane.) The soaps are created from healthy, hydrating ingredients, such as coconut oil, soy bean protein and phthalate-free fragrance oils.

Micky Byrd soaps

Micky Byrd offers a variety of wonderful soaps, scrubs and other skincare products. My favorites are the soaps that look and smell like delicious candies.

A top choice is the almond and chocolate moisturizing soap, which features olive oil, African shea butter and pure vitamin E to hydrate, nourish and condition skin. You can enjoy the fragrance of almond and chocolate without packing on the pounds.
Soap cupcakes

LoveLeeSoaps

You will find a vast selection of colorful, fragrant soaps in fun shapes and sizes at LoveLeeSoaps.

The soap cupcake pictured here features wonderful ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter. The calming fragrance of vanilla and fresh strawberries is luscious. LoveLeeSoaps features dozens of fun designs, including soapsicles, mushrooms, candies, cake and more. These soaps would make great favors for a bridal shower or other party.

Looking for something special?

If you want to see more varieties of handmade soaps -- from the super-luxurious to the most unusual and shapes fragrances imaginable -- check out the many fabulous mom-and-pop soap vendors at Etsy.com.

Skincare tips

To keep your skin clean, fresh and hydrated at any age, you need to follow some basic skincare tips.

Establish a routine. A regular skincare routine of cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating your skin is important. Furthermore, don't ever go to sleep with your makeup on and always wear sunscreen if you are going to be in the sun.

Drink water. No matter how many times you have heard it, you probably need to hear it again. Water is essential for good health, including good skin. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily, even more if you exercise a lot or spend considerable time in the sun.

Exercise regularly. Exercising and sweating is not only good for your body, but also great for your skin. The increased blood flow will improve the appearance of your skin. Sweating will help rid your body of toxins which cause blemishes and other skin problems.

Eat well. Foods that rich in antioxidants, such as berries and other brightly colored fruits, are vital to your diet. Antioxidants fight free radicals and their damaging effects on the skin. Also, be sure to include foods with Omega-3 essential fatty acids in your diet. These foods include salmon, sardines, mackerel, walnuts, flaxseed and others.

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