A lovely smelling bar of soap may seem innocent, but if you're suffering from dry or sensitive skin, it could be the culprit. Soap recipes date back to the 7th century, but the bars have evolved from traditional creations rich in oil and fat to mass-produced detergents laden with unrecognisable ingredients. If you're looking to make a change to more natural skincare, soap is a great, and simple, place to start.
Here's the dirt on generic soap
One of the main ingredients in standard household soap is sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). SLES is a foaming agent found in bar soap, shampoo and hand soap that traps oil-based dirt and makes it easy to remove. While perfectly safe, SLES can be very drying, and people with sensitive skin or eczema should try to avoid it where possible.
Bar soap also changes your skins natural PH level. Healthy skin has a PH of 5.5, and many soaps have a PH of between 9 - 11. This change in PH can cause skin dryness and irritation, especially for people with sensitive skin. Soaps also remove a layer of natural oil from the skin which is used to protect and repair dry, sensitive skin. This makes it harder for the skin to heal, as it first needs to regenerate the oil.
Making a change to a natural soap
For those suffering from acne, dry skin or eczema, avoid long hot showers and step away from the soap. Both factors dry skin out further. Instead, use just water, or a natural soap alternative like ManukaRx Extra Gentle Cleansing Soap. ManukaRx soap uses sustainably sourced palm oil for ultra-hydrating. Palm oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A & C; it also has high levels of vitamin E, which nourishes and protects the skin. Instead of merely stripping away the skin's natural oils, the palm oil, olive oil or coconut oil (depending on the soaps main moisturising ingredient), will replenish rather than deplete.
ManukaRx is a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Management of Palm Oil, which ensures that ManukaRx uses only sustainably sourced palm oil. The RSPO is dedicated to minimising the negative impact of palm oil on the environment and making sure the production of palm oil positively contributes to local communities.
How Manuka oil can boost your natural soap
If you've decided to make the change to natural soap, why not add an extra special ingredient? ManukaRx Extra Gentle Cleansing Soap uses 100% Pure East Cape Manuka Oil to clean, protect and help the skin to repair. Manuka oil has strong antibacterial properties thanks to the unusually high numbers of β- triketone compounds. Manuka oil has been used for generations as a multi-purpose natural healer, and the ManukaRx range of skin-care products makes the traditional oil easy than ever to use. Buy online, or at select health stores nationwide.