Is natural soap better for your skin?
Posted on 15th April 2020 at 21:25
Is natural soap better for your skin?
Yes. We are firm believers that natural soap is better for your skin than store bought soap. 100% natural soap contains no chemicals or unnatural additives.
Most store bought soaps contain extra ingredients added for a number of reasons.
For instance if you were to buy a soap that claimed to be antibacterial then the soap would probably contain the chemical triclosan. Triclosan has been found to be a endocrine disruptor and possible carcinogen.
There is also evidence to say that over use of this has contributed to bacterial resistance, similar to the overuse of anti-biotics. In this study it states that exposure to triclosan can increase bacterial resistance by up to 10 times! Not only this but it has evidence to support that it promotes uncontrolled cell growth, which in lamens terms means cancer.
Another lovely ingredient that they use in store bought soap is Sodium lauryl sulphate. This ingredient is a surfactant and degreaser. Initially used as an engine cleaner during World War 2 and developed into products like laundry detergent and washing up liquid.
This chemical is a well known skin irritant and can affect the eye development of children. This degreaser is amazing at removing stubborn grease from a pan but not great for your skin. It can remove the grease from your skin which can cause your skin to react by overproducing grease and clogging your skin cells leading to acne.
That is why we recommend using rubber gloves when doing the washing up and using a natural soap on your skin.
Be careful though, not all natural soaps are created the same.
One final ingredient to look out for before you buy your natural soap is palm oil. Palm oil is incredibly cheap and also incredibly drying.
If the natural soap that you choose is made with predominantly palm based oils then although the soap will be natural, it will be very drying for your skin and leave you feeling like a rubber after washing with it and can even cause dry skin conditions such as eczema!
Essential oils are the only way to naturally fragance a soap
When you select the natural soap you want to use, make sure it has a variety of different oils in it as different oils have different properties. Our soap has a combination of 6 different base oils, that have been selected for their qualities to make an all round amazing soap.
As well as that we add only 100% natural essential oils to scent the soap.
Another thing to look out for in natural soap is how it is fragranced. Some soaps put parfum on the ingredients list. This basically means that they are using a synthetic fragrance.
Synthetic fragrances are not great because you don’t know what’s in them. This is allowed by law. The EU has said that it is completely legal to keep the ingredients in synthetic fragrance secret because of competition reasons.
We think the real reason that they don’t want to tell us what’s in the fragrance is that it is potentially harmful. Until the law is changed we’ll never know what’s in them but I wouldn’t put my trust in the huge corporations that make them, to have consumer’s skin as high on their priority list.
Essential oils are completely natural and come from the plant material, such as lemon peels or lavender petals. You can see them listed on our ingredient list on the back of our cartons.
They smell amazing and have some awesome qualities such as anti-septic, antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic as well as aiding sleep and promoting healing of cells.
Glycerin in soap is really good for your skin
Glycerin is another reason that natural soap is really good for your skin. This amazing substance is produced naturally in the soap making process which is called saponification.
Why is glycerin so good? Well it is a humectant, which means that it will draw water towards it. When this lovely ingredient is kept inside your soap then it will sit on your skin and draw moisture towards it. This leaves your skin feeling soft smooth and moisturised.
Hold on a minute, what do I mean kept inside your soap?
Well, let me explain. Most of the larger producer of soap do not keep their glycerin inside their soap. They remove it. It really is a very simple process. All they have to do is to put the soap in some salt water. This causes the soap to separate, with the soap floating to the top in curds and the glycerin sinking to the bottom.
The mass producer of soap will then scoop up the curds and melt them back together and this will be the bar you recieve from the supermarket or chemist. They will then boil off the salt water which will leave the glycerin.
They will then either sell the glycerin off or use it in their own products such as moisturisers, lotions and creams.
One of the ways you can spot to see if your lovely glycerin has been removed from your soap or natural soap is to check the back for the ingredient sodium chloride, or salt to you and me.
Salt has no real beneficial properties in soap, so there is no real reason for it being in there. The presence of salt in your soap indicates that the glycerin has been removed.
But my soap says it has glycerin in and salt you say? Well a trace amount of it will remain in the bar, but we are talking a really small amount and if the product contains a trace amount you are allowed to put it on the label.
So in conclusion the reasons that natural soap is better for your skin are that they contain only natural ingredients and no added chemicals which may be harmful to you and the planet. They are scented using only natural essential oils, again which are not harmful to you or the planet. Finally, they have glycerin in them which is a great moisturiser for skin.
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