For majority of people in young age dry skin is not a big deal or at least nothing serious, but with age many skin-care products could become an irritant, allergic or even hormone disruptive, why it is so?
Everyone can feel skin becoming dry not only after swimming pool, soaking in hot bath or Jacuzzi with friends, but also when exposed to cold or hot and dry weather, and in lot of other daily life conditions.
Skin can become very dry in upcoming cold winter especially for face, hands and legs that need to keep moisturized even in chilling cold climate. They need as much as attention than in hot and dry summer days.
The first and more popular advice that is given quite often is - to use more moisturizers and avoid harsh and skin drying soap. Interesting, where this statement comes from? We know from history that soap is a first and simplest cleaning products used by humans and even had period not so far in history when soap bar was considered as luxury product accessible only for rich people.
That’s true, that harsh soap is not good for any skin, because of it high alkaline pH value that could be around pH 10-11 for some industrially made soap, that is better to use for clothes washing, but not for the skin. Milder body soap bars in supermarket does not contain high valued natural vegetal oils, but mostly are made from widely used petrochemicals byproducts and filling additives.
Since World War I, but especially after World War II expansion of seemingly endless and cheap petrochemicals and their use in every aspect of human life has ended with very high price paid for humanity. Highly growing environment issues from pollution and huge production and consumption of petrochemical products all around the world now touched not only physical health of society but more and more seems touching also human mental health and well being. Since last 50's of last century all naturally derived substances such as wood, glass, paper, natural rubber, natural fertilizers, soaps, cotton, wool and metals were more and more displaced by plastics, synthetic fibers, detergents, and other petroleum based chemicals.
To stop this madness of rat race is not easy, because of mass ignorance and lack of knowledge in general public, grace to very generalized education system, development of global market run by few corporation with their countless subcorporations. Each one and everybody can give their contribution for better and more sustainable future by choosing more natural products for their daily use. Your choice and money you spend has power if used in right direction and it's up to you where it goes and what it supports.
Synthetic chemicals are cheap and is used to insure long shelf life of the products, they act as preservatives, but could be irritating not only for sensitive and dry skin, but also for normal skin.
There are lots of concerns about regular shower gels, body washes and liquid soap people use as daily body washing products. They do not contain soap in its classical understanding as product, resulted of natural saponification process from oils or fats and strong alkaline. These are so called detergents by the definition, with main focus to provide cheaper and more cost effective product by using synthetic ingredients. These liquid detergents contain quite high % of water and have several strong preservatives and stabilizers added to insure good product stability and preservation for almost endless period of time, as water-containing products under pH9 could be easy contaminated with microbes, bacteria or even molds in presence of water.
First prevention you can do, is not to avoid the soap, but stay away from products containing potential skin irritating and even potential allergens, cancerogens, hormonal disrupter ingredients such as
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
- Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
- Ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS)
- EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)
- Propylene glycol
- TEA, DEA, BHT
- Mineral oil
- Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
- overwhelming synthetic fragrances and
- bright synthetic colors
- pearly shining synthetic micas
and other synthetic cruelties
There is more, but let’s keep focus only on skin washing products. These ingredients are added to product improve its lathering properties; provide stability and good preservation for long time. They are cheap and petrochemical byproducts, massively produced by petrochemical industry, causing growing concerns about following environment pollution. Packed in colorful plastic bottles decorated with exotic flowers and fruits, daily skincare products contain natural product substitutes ''green-washed'' backed by sponsored commercial scientific researches on their safety in use and lead customers to choose these products without any suspicious and with confidence. Science has been so badly used by selected research grants to get desirable result and fulfill market requirements for industry mainly based on quick profit and total denial to possible harm.
Industrially made soap could be made from cheap petroleum based surfactants (sodium myreth sulfate) at costs up to 1 EUR or even cheaper, but true natural soap bars costs 6-10 times more and is made with several vegetal oils. Read carefully the ingredients list of soap or any other product you use before you put it on your skin. That is way you must to act if you wish to maintain healthy lifestyle and love your body as physical temple for your soul in this life on Earth.
Many synthetic ingredients in daily skincare products could cause not only dry skin or sensitivity, itching and skin rashes, but also could cause more severe skin conditions like allergies, eczemas or psoriasis.
True natural soap makers stand strong on the principle to avoid even such widely used ingredients like fragrances, synthetic bright colored micas as colorants, EDTA, SLS (also SLES and ASL), DEA, TEA, and any of soap bases etc. in their handmade products. They are holding high value of true natural soap and embrace their natural appearance and changes that plant-based colorant bring is recipes. Natural soap is free from petrochemicals and still is such a luxury for everybody, it bring the energy of its ingredients into your body. Natural soap can change the color in cure process either becomes darker when soap dries out or fade in direct light. True natural soap has milder scent or does not have scent at all, but appropriate formulated soap and can give you great cleaning and stable mousse and conditioning effect properties without external synthetic boosters.
Those who are already have some skin disorders and who believe that soap is harmful to skin, probably never tried true natural soap rich with vegetal glycerin, made from highly rich vegetal butters and oils, but is stead of natural product still use some kind of promised panacea as ‘pH neutral’ or ‘hypo-allergic’ product based on well performed ads and common believes. True natural soap makers should not be shame to share the ingredient list with you and still can keep their soap formulas secret; each oil used in soap has it unique combination of fatty acids % that can give very different results. Some soap could be more conditioning, some can increase bubbles and mousse, and others can be having more cleansing and detox properties. That is a reason why true soap making is an art and science at the same time.
Skin could be easy protected from too much loss of moisture by using soap with balanced % of super fats, added as unsaponified oils to soap, that makes them more milder with higher conditioning and creamy properties and not so harsh on skin. As result such soap has much milder alkaline pH than industrial soap and is around 8-9, but it still is great for cleansing and even detox.
Other oil rich skin care products also could be used to decrease moisture loss of the skin, such as oil heavy creams or body butters, solid lotions or shower oils could be used to protect skin from too much water loss. These are most natural skin cleaning products not only for aging, dry and sensitive skin, and also for normal skin. To help keep skin's natural sebum layer healthy, use shower only once a day and try to not use any washing product more than once a day for whole body. There is also great option for extremely dry and sensitive skin owners to use solid shower oil with small soap amount in it, instead of soap and it gives the skin very smooth and soft feeling when applied to warm clean skin just right in a shower.
Happy and healthy shower time for everybody and each of you!
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-Lita- Soap mentor, chemist, biologist and Liquid Plasma Crystals formulator
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