How to choose the Right Soap for your Skin Type

In case you are pondering over whether to choose a cream cleanser or stick to soap bar for a soft and smooth skin, we have some facts for you.

The soap is generally made up of animal or vegetable fat and caustic soda, with added perfume, colours and natural extracts. Although it is a very efficient formula to remove grease and dirt from the skin, it tends to also dry the skin. The problem with soap is its alkaline ingredient, while our skin tends to be slightly acidic. As a result, immediately after washing your skin with soap, the skin's protective acid mantle is disturbed and you may feel tautness and dryness on your skin.

CHOOSING THE BEST SOAP FOR YOUR SKIN

If you prefer soap and water, these simple guidelines below will help you find the best formulated soap that suits your skin type:

OILY SKIN

Oily skin has too much sebum - the skin's natural oil. It looks shiny and is prone to acne. It needs to be cleansed regularly. However, if you wash very often, avoid buying strong soap. Choose for milder formula to remove grime and oil so as to avoid skin damage. Look out for exfoliating bar soaps containing gentle ingredients, such as oatmeal, sea salt, peach pits and brown sugar. They are gentler on the skin and they are natural. Natural is always better for the skin instead of soap containing harsh chemicals such as glycolic acid that can damage or irritate your skin. Look for gentlest exfoliating bar soap that helps to remove blocked pores and scrub away dead skin cells. If your skin is not sensitive, you can exfoliate your skin with an exfoliating bar soap three or four times per week. Otherwise, for sensitive skin, exfoliating bar soap should be used once every two to three weeks.

Facial wash gel is another good choice. If your skin feels oily during the day, wipe it off with a tissue.

DRY SKIN

Dry skin does not have enough sebum. For dry skin, you should choose a gentle soap packed full of moisturising ingredients such as glycerine soap. Glycerin, a colorless compound is known for its moisturizing properties. It dissolves in water easily. It is also a good solvent. It absorbs water from the air, naturally moisturizes your skin. They are can be enriched with coconut or jojoba oils, Aloe Vera, cocoa butter, avocado or vegetable oils which are best for dry skin. Also check out creamy facial washes and cleansing bars. Avoid harsh soap.

If your skin is very dry, you can just wipe your face with toner or splash it with warm water in the morning, and use soap only at the end of the day. Soap is more damaging for dry skin than oily skin.

SENSITIVE SKIN

 There are many soaps and facial washes designed for sensitive skin. They are free from perfume and colourants, the normal irritants for the skin. These soaps are also pH-balanced, and match the acidity of the skin, less chance of upsetting the delicate balance of the skin

 

NORMAL

Normal skin is not too oily or too dry. Avoid choosing soaps that are specifically formulated for dry or oily skin, as you may get undesirable skin condition, worse than the current skin condition. Many commercial soaps and herbal soaps are designed for use on normal to oily or dry skin. These products are fine to use.

SOAPS TO AVOID

The following types of soaps may be damaging to the skin on the face and should be avoided:

  • · Soaps with high chemicals content
  • · Soaps with a high pH or acid-content
  • · Cheap commercial soaps
  • · Soaps formulated for a different type of skin type than the one you have

 

Tips on skin care and darkened skin. Read on Acne control.  

 

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