Firstly, you must understand that traditional cleansers may cause more harm than good to your skin. Why? And How? Let’s uncover. Depending on the types of skin you have, using a type of soap for washing your body can often cause more harm than good. Much of the problem comes from the fact that we are never made aware of how important ingredients are for the skin. So, next time you purchase a soap, be sure to read the label with open eyes!
We are often told that good skincare meant having tight skin after a proper wash. By this, we get aware that we had stripped off all the dirt and oils that could block our pores. Further, we follow up by using a good astringent to ensure that there’s no trace of oil or dead skin left over the skin surface.
This routine on paper sounds pretty good until the day obvious happens: we start to realize our skin is not only tight but itchy, dry, and inflamed. Now is the time when we start asking ourselves, “Why?”… Now, you must first understand how does soap work on our skin. If you already know that, let’s take a step forward and understand how detergents work on your skin and the impact they carry. And why having a detergent-free natural soap is always better,
How are Detergents made?
Detergents are made by combining a number of chemicals in a slurry mixer. This mixture is further heated up and then dried to form a powdered final product. On average, the complete cycle includes about ten steps between the original raw materials and the final detergent output.
However, as detergents don’t react actively with the minerals in the water, they’re the best choice for laundry. But where exactly do we find them? Yes, you guessed it right: in our soaps. So, that brings us to the question.
How Does Detergent Effect our Skin?
Detergents have gone really strong (concentrated) in a series of products these days. They are generally alkaline in nature (since dirt or soil are acidic they neutralize each other), which may range from a pH 7.5 to as high as pH 10 or even higher. As a matter of fact, higher alkali pH is not friendly to the human skin. So, if your skin gets exposed to detergent chemicals for a prolonged time, it will harm the skin and can even cause skin diseases.
For effects, it removes natural skin oil leaving it dry and further, causing skin irritation.
How Can I Tell the Difference Between Detergent And Soap?
It’s really confusing. Primarily, because of the fact that most detergents are camouflaged as soaps. Some manufacturers use the terms “facial bar” and “body cleansing bar” to keep us guessing and getting us into buying their product. Ahem… yes, a soap with the name Dove… I’m lookin’ at you.
What can you do? Read the label (always works the best!)
But I don’t understand these jargons!? Look for chemicals like Cocamidopropyl betaine or sodium lauryl sulfate. And then drop the choice if you find them there. A real soap will always have ingredients like oils, saponified oils, or glycerin in them, and are much more healthy for your skin.
What Should I Buy?
It is always recommended on using a natural, detergent-free soap when it comes to good skincare. At Avrell, your good skincare is our first priority and that’s why we bring you the goodness of fruits in your daily care. Want a healthy shift? Why not gift yourself a better skincare today!
We hope this post helped you understand how detergents work on your skin and enlighten you towards healthier skincare.
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