New Straits Times

Cleanse with sul­phur soap

The Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap of­fers prod­ucts that en­cour­ages a healthy sk­in­care regime for those with var­i­ous skin con­di­tions, writes Kas­miah Mustapha

- Kas­miah@nst.com.my

WHILE oth­ers use serums and creams to treat their skin, Siti Fatma Omar uses a sul­phur bar soap. She was in­tro­duced to the prod­uct when she was look­ing for a fa­cial wash that would treat and pro­tect her skin.

In 2013, dur­ing a trip to Thai­land, a der­ma­tol­o­gist rec­om­mended the Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap bar.

Siti Fatma has been a faith­ful user and her skin is now less oily and less prone to break-outs. It is also more even, with im­proved skin tex­ture.

Siti Fatma then rec­om­mended the prod­uct to her fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing her sis­ter who suf­fered from mild pso­ri­a­sis, as well as her daugh­ter who had hor­monal acne.

“I do not have skin prob­lems but I use the Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap as nat­u­ral sul­phur is very good for the skin. The prod­uct does not have coal tar, steroid, paraben and mer­cury.

“I have also rec­om­mended the prod­uct to my friends and they loved it. Some of them have eczema, pso­ri­a­sis, acne and sen­si­tive skin and they said their skin prob­lems have im­proved so much.”

Man­u­fac­tured by the York­shire-based The Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap Com­pany, other prod­ucts in­clude sham­poo, bath crys­tals, body wash, fa­cial mois­turiser, body lo­tion, hand and face wash and sul­phur cream.

ANTIBACTER­IAL AC­TION

Siti Fatma says the prod­ucts con­tain sul­phur and hand­drawn water from Har­ro­gate Spa, Eng­land to help cleanse the skin with an antibacter­ial ac­tion, as well as vi­ta­min E and es­sen­tial oils to pro­tect and mois­turise.

“Sul­phur is a ker­a­tolytic agent that helps to shed dead skin cells. Dead skin cells block the pores and cre­ate con­di­tions nec­es­sary for acne caus­ing bac­te­ria to mul­ti­ply. The com­pound sulphonami­des in sul­phur limit the acids in bac­te­ria that are re­spon­si­ble for the re­pro­duc­tion. This makes sul­phur a good agent to treat se­b­or­rhoea, acne, eczema and pso­ri­a­sis.”

When she could not find the prod­ucts in Malaysia, Siti Fatma wrote to the com­pany to be the ex­clu­sive dis­trib­u­tor. In early 2017, she set-up the Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap Bytema Malaysia, sell­ing the prod­ucts on­line through In­sta­gram and Face­book.

“Sul­phur baths, and other forms of sul­phur ap­plied di­rectly to the skin, seem to ben­e­fit pso­ri­a­sis, eczema, acne, dan­druff, warts, and pityr­i­a­sis ver­si­color which is a chronic skin dis­or­der char­ac­terised by patches of skin that dif­fer in colour from the usual skin tone.

“Our com­bi­na­tion of ther­apy and beauty means that our prod­ucts can be used safely by ev­ery­one. The soap bars can be used on the face and body. The sul­phur cream can be ap­plied on prob­lem ar­eas. We ad­vise daily us­age to pro­mote a healthy skin life­style regime.

“I re­alised that I would be able to ed­u­cate con­sumers and pro­vide a healthy so­lu­tion to those suf­fer­ing from var­i­ous

skin prob­lems.

Siti Fatma had also en­cour­aged her reg­u­lar cus­tomers, mainly women, to start their own busi­nesses as dis­trib­u­tors of Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap. There are now over 40 dis­trib­u­tors for the prod­ucts na­tion­wide.

The suc­cess of her busi­ness prompted Siti Fatma to take one-year off from her po­si­tion at the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs. In April this year, she launched the first Har­ro­gate show­room in Malaysia, lo­cated in Shafts­bury Square, Cy­ber­jaya.

She plans to ex­pand the busi­ness to Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, Brunei and In­done­sia.

Our com­bi­na­tion of ther­apy and beauty means that our prod­ucts can be used safely by ev­ery­one. Siti Fatma

 ??  ?? Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap Bytema Malaysia founder Siti Fatma Omar.
Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap Bytema Malaysia founder Siti Fatma Omar.
 ??  ?? The first Har­ro­gate show­room in Malaysia, lo­cated in Shafts­bury Square, Cy­ber­jaya.
The first Har­ro­gate show­room in Malaysia, lo­cated in Shafts­bury Square, Cy­ber­jaya.
 ??  ?? The prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured by the York­shire­based The Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap Com­pany.
The prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured by the York­shire­based The Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap Com­pany.
 ??  ?? Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap cleanses the skin with an antibacter­ial ac­tion.
Har­ro­gate Sul­phur Soap cleanses the skin with an antibacter­ial ac­tion.

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