Knowing What Soap Goes on Your Skin Is Important!
Traditional cleansers may do more harm than good. Depending on the types of cleaners you use, washing your face can often cause more harm than good. Much of the problem comes from how we were taught to wash and the feelings we come associate with cleanliness.
In the past, we were often told that good skincare meant having tight skin after a proper wash. By achieving this, we knew for sure that we had stripped off all of the nasty dirt and oils that could block our pores. We then would then follow up by using a good astringent to ensure that no trace of oil or dead skin was left.
This routine on paper sound pretty good until, of course, the day the obvious happens: we start to realize our skin is not only tight but dry, itchy, and inflamed. Now is the time to start recalibrating our thinking and to take a good, hard look at how soaps actually affect our skin.
HOW SOAP WORKS FOR KIN HEALTH, SKIN CARE & CLEANSING
Soaps and facial cleansers are designed to remove dirt, sweat sebum, and oils from the skin. They do so with the use of surfactants, chemical agents that surround dirt and oil, dissolving them and making it easier for water to wash them away.1 They also aid in the skin’s natural exfoliating process by removing dead cells from the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin).
Surfactants have many different functions: they act as detergents, wetting agents, foaming agents, conditioning agents, emulsifiers, and solubilizers. In addition to soaps and facial cleansers, surfactants can also be found in lotions, perfume, shampoo, and a multitude of other hair and body products.
While the surfactants found in soap are meant to leave the skin feeling fresh and clean, it’s not always the case.
Some surfactants have an adverse effect on the outermost layer of the epidermis (called the stratum corneum), causing not only dryness, redness, and irritation but undermining the skin’s natural barrier function.
By doing so, toxins, bacteria, and other unhealthy substances are able to penetrate deeper into the skin where they can do long-term harm.
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