Ever step out the shower feeling “squeaky clean?” Well that squeaky clean feeling is actually a sign that your soap may be doing more harm than good for your skin. Especially if you suffer from dry skin.
The squeaky clean feeling you get after the shower means that the soap or bodywash has depleted the skin of its natural oils. These oils are necessary to protect the skin and promote a healthy moisture balance. Lack of these oils leads to dry and irritated skin.
A good moisturizing soap or bodywash wash should cleanse and hydrate the skin.
Some ingredients to look for when choosing a moisturizing soap or body wash include vegetable based oils like; vegetable glycerin, olive oil and hosehip oil. These oils actually attract water and moisture into the skin.
OurShea Body Cleansing Cream is the ultimate hydrating bodywash. With ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin and shea butter, it gently cleanses and puts back into the skin the necessary oils for proper moisture balance.
Here are some common ingredients founds in soaps that may be drying, harmful and even toxic to the skin:
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Chemical agents which make soap foamy. It’s harsh, can irritate the skin, and even cause dry skin. Slightly less irritating is sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), but this chemical still causes skin drying.
Triclosan. An antibacterial and antimicrobial ingredient added to soaps which can cause skin irritation.
Lye. A concentrated, watery solution of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, lye is often combined with animal fats to make bar soap. It is known as caustic soda, because it’s so corrosive. It may also cause itching, irritation, even burns.
Polypropylene. Is a possible carcinogen.
FD&C dyes/Synthetic Dyes. Synthetic dyes that make our soaps colorful are made from petrochemicals that can cause allergies, skin irritation, even hives and respiratory problems. Choose brands that use natural colorants.
Have you ever tried a soap that left your skin feeling dry?