The skincare industry is constantly developing and soap is no exception.
Today, there are many different forms of soaps and cleansing products with various benefits that are available and growing steadily in the market. Continue reading to learn all about this important product.
The History of Soap
Traditionally, soaps were handmade and have always been considered as products necessary to cleanse the body. Soap is produced by the saponification of a triglyceride (fat or oil).
During the process, the triglyceride reacts with the strong bases usually sodium hydroxide to produce glycerol and fatty acid salts. The result of this reaction is a soap.
Back in the days, vegetable oils and animal fats are the traditional materials that are saponified. In terms of its properties, soaps can be mixed with different chemicals and/or ingredients that cleanses and protects your skin.
Where did Soap come from?
The first bar of soap ever produced may not sound so appealing. The ingredients used were boiling water, goat fats, and ashes. Interestingly, the first bar of soap was used for cleaning and originated in BC, about 2500 years ago.
The development of soap really began in 1879 by chance. This led to the innovation of soaps such as floating in water. Shortly after its official introduction, soaps became heavily researched especially in connection with germs and bacterias.
As you know, soap continues to be evolved to this day with even more aromas and colours added. For many of us soap has become a regular part of our daily life and personal hygiene.
That’s why today there are many kinds, formulas and recipes of soaps available for us to choose from.
How Does Soap Actually Work?
Soap by definition, is a product used with water to cleanse and wash the body. Soap will always have some degree of alkaline.
The PH level of soap is important because we don’t want soap to damage our skin or leave it feeling red and tight. Bear in mind that soap has to also be slightly above neutral for its purpose to clean dirt away.
Most dirt is covered in oil that can be washed off with water rather than clinging on your skin. Therefore, soap is your skin’s best friend when it comes to washing away dirt from the skin.
What are the Benefits of Soap?
Certainly, in its most critical role soap is used for cleansing the body with water. Nowadays, in addition to cleaning your skin, soap also comes with added benefits such as nourishing, moisturizing and brightening your skin.
Indeed, the benefits of soap extend beyond cleaning your body. You can even get a soap that helps cure acne problems on your back.
Over the years, both bar soaps and liquid soaps have been developed to meet different needs and skin types.
Surprisingly, there is no conclusive evidence that antibacterial soaps can eliminate germs better than ordinary soaps.
The current pandemic of COVID-19 has demonstrated that ordinary soaps can also wash away germs if washed properly. Germs have oil-like ingredients that ordinary soaps can wash away and antibacterial soap may be too strong for children and those with sensitive skin.
It is recommended to wash your hands for about 20 seconds to effectively clean germs.
Safe for All Skin Types
Back in the days, you would have to carefully choose your soap to make sure that it is appropriate for your skin. For instance, soaps that will not cause dry skin or irritation.
Fortunately, this is not the case today as many soap brands have progressed and developed soaps that are safe for all skin types.
Of course, different soaps have varying properties that may suit certain skin types more than others. Herbal soaps are great examples of soaps that are widely available and suitable for sensitive skin.
Moisturizes the Skin
If you have dry and allergy-prone skin, we recommend going for soaps that have been mixed with coconut oil, almond oil or chamomile extract. Specifically, almond oil helps to moisturize and restore dry skin.
There are also soaps from many brands that have been formulated with moisturizers. If you are thinking of choosing liquid soap, always read the label first to make sure that it is free of any preservatives (paraban).
Does not Cause Oily Skin
Naturally, after cleansing your body with soap you may feel a bit of tightness on your skin. Shortly after that, you will also notice that this feeling disappears and your skin becomes softer when you wipe it clean.
Although this also depends on the type of soap you are using as well as the type of skin you have. We recommend soaps that are made with natural ingredients for people with oily skin.
Many bar and liquid soaps have evolved over the years to retain skin’s moisture without causing oiliness.
The skin can become easily irritated when it is dry. Hence, taking a shower is a great way to help recover from the irritating feeling as the soap washes away the first on your skin and pores.
At the same time, the soap moisturizes and cleans the skin. Those with sensitive skin need to be extra careful when it comes to choosing your soap.
Conventional soaps have been well documented to damage the skin as it contains chemicals and detergents. Stay away from conventional sops, parabens, fragrances and chemicals.
In summary, soap has become part of our regular skin care routine for its effectiveness of cleansing the skin.
Today many formulas are being developed from conventional soaps to herbal soaps. The good news is that local and international brands are always innovating new formulas for sensitive skin!
This means that there are many safe soaps available out there, you just need to know how to look for the right one for your skin.