Everyone has their preference as to what kind of soap they like to use when in the bath or shower: body wash/gel, bar soap or body scrub. What some do not realize, however, is that each type of soap has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to skin type. Find out what type of soap will work in your skin’s best interest.
Before we get started, it should be pointed out that the type of soaps referred to in this article deal with the kind used on the body and not the face. There are plenty of articles out about what cleansers and other facial soaps work for different skin types, but hardly any when it comes to cleansing your body from head to toe.
Ah, good ole fashioned bar soap. In spite of the popularity of the various forms soap is available in nowadays, there are still plenty of people who prefer to stick to bar soap. Of course, we should all know by now that bar soap that is used for the body in the shower or bath should never be used on the face. When shopping for bar soaps, note the ingredients. Many have a lot of artificial ingredients that rely on smelly fragrances instead of providing hydration and nourishment to the skin.
Herbal soaps are available for sensitive skin types, as these use all natural ingredients. There are many bar soaps that have no fragrance at all so you can be assured that artificial fillers aren’t included. Those with normal skin won’t have much to worry about when it comes to bar soap, either. Be sure to choose one that leaves your skin squeaky clean but doesn’t dry it out or leave a greasy film afterwards.
The beauty about body washes, also known as liquid soap or gel, is that its formulation allows it to retain more than 30% of the skin’s natural moisture. This is a plus for dry skin types. Unlike bar soap, liquid soap can be applied to loofahs or washcloths and used for hard to reach places, while providing soothing, gentle exfoliation. Body wash and other types of liquid soap also contain a lower pH level than bar soap, which allows it to be gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types.
There are a number of liquid soaps and body washes on the market that caters to all skin types, and are fine for all ages to use, including young children. Body washes also come in a range of scents, from the most rugged for the manliest of men, to the sweet and fragrantly floral scents for women. Unlike bar soaps, body washes don’t whittle away and are viewed as more sanitary when it comes to multiple users.
Body scrubs are excellent for providing an overall exfoliating experience in the bath or shower and effectively slough off layers of dead, dry, and flaking skin. Most body scrubs are formulated with tiny microbeads or grainy ingredients that work to scrub the skin’s impurities away, leaving a radiant glow. Oily skin types can greatly benefit from a body scrub due to its ability to keep pores unclogged and removing surface debris while giving the skin proper hydration and moisture. Sensitive skin types may find body scrubs too harsh for their skin and should stick to bar or liquid soap.
Many body scrubs also act as body wash so you’re able to kill two birds with one stone.