How to Choose a Mild Soap for Face and Body | Ingredients to Avoid in Soaps
Today, people are not the same as twenty years back. Whether its in technology or in health and skin care. Consumers started reading the ingredients on the labels before putting them into their cart baskets. There are so many cleansers readily available in the market, yet we still strive to get the best for our skin needs. Not all cleansers that you choose are completely natural even though the product itself says so. People are looking for more safer options to cleanse their face and body.
One of the most commonly used skin care product on a daily basis is Soap. How many of you are really bothering about the ingredients on the label of the soaps that you pick and throw in your cart basket? Many of the conventional soaps that you find in your Local Groceries stores are made from sulphates, artificial fragrances and even contain carcinogenic preservatives like parabens.
DID YOU KNOW?
A wrong Soap or cleanser can ruin your skin in several different ways that you can’t even think of.
To get a clear picture on how conventional soaps made of harsh surfocants and detergents take a toll on your skin, read this.
Ingredients to Avoid in Soaps
The antibacterial agent added to many liquid hand soaps to help kill germs. Studies show that Triclosan in low doses, can impact thyroid hormone concentrations, disrupting the endocrine system.
When triclosan mixes with the chlorine in your tap water, chloroform is formed, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified as a probable human carcinogen.
Not only do you absorb them into your skin, these antimicrobial chemicals flow down your drain, contaminating the environment and food chain
Just the word “Fragrance” or “perfume” listed on the ingredients list of the soap contains more than 200 chemicals in it. Brands don’t reveal these ingredients as part of their trade secrets. Toluene, made from petroleum or coal tar, is found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure is linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus.
Synthetic fragrances can also be drying and irritating to your skin
Artificial Colors are used in many skin care and hair care products to change the color of the end product or to make it look more presentable.
Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. These synthetic colors are already banned in Europe due to various heath related concerns.
Parabens are preservatives commonly used in bars of soap. The most common parabens used in cosmetic products are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.
Parabens have hormone-disrupting qualities, mimicking estrogen, and interfere with the body’s endocrine system. Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male breast growth.
The EPA has linked methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders
Nothing new about these ingredients, Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners.
SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to penetrate by increasing skin permeability by approximately 100-fold.
SLS is linked to skin irritations and allergic reactions.
How to Choose a Mild Soap for Face and Body
So, let me ask you, do you really want to put triclosan, SLS, parabens, dioxane, DEA, toluene, synthetic fragrances, and propylene glycol (along with other chemicals we haven’t even talked about here) on your skin?
In my opinion, you’re better off switching to skin care products made of plant names you recognize, can pronounce, and could even eat (if you had to)
Fewer ingredients in a bar or Liquid soap means there are lesser chances of skin reactions, especially for the people who suffer from high skin sensitivity
Coming to our topic, Here’s how to choose a Mild soap for face and body that suits your skin needs and avoids any side effects there after.
The Soap that you would like to choose can be either be a Liquid soap or Bar soap. The two basic Mild soaps are Handmade soaps and Liquid Castile soaps.
One of the most easiest way to choose a Mild Soap is picking a handmade soap made from natural ingredients. Some of the most common ingredients used in handmade soaps are,
Plant based Oils
Handmade soaps are mild, doesn’t cause irritation and makes your skin more soft and smooth. Be noted that handmade soaps use sodium hydroxide as an alkali to form soap. There are necessary in soap making so that no foaming agents are used. This shouldn’t be a concern because after saponification, sodium hydroxide do not remain in the end product. Isn’t that cool.! 🙂
The only Con of using Bar Soaps is that they can be a bit drying especially in the chilling winters, but I have got an alternative for this too. Read below.
Liquid Castile Soaps:
Liquid castile Soaps are ever gentler that bar soaps due to the more aqua content in them. Liquid Castile soap is the most gentle and mild soap that I have ever used.
Castile Soap, especially an Unscented Liquid Castile soap is a gift to those who suffer from sensitive skin.
Liquid Castile soap contains ever fewer ingredients than a bar soap. It is mainly made with Olive oil or coconut oil. The alkali used i Liquid soaps is potassium hydroxide.
You will never go back to your commercial face washes and body washes once you start using castile soap and the changes it makes to your skin. A must try product fro every skin type.
I have been using VEDI Herbals unscented Liquid castile soap since many months. Read the full review and how I use it as a face wash, body wash, shampoo and hand wash here,
Apart from these two options for a mild cleansing, there are still more effective ways to cleanse your face in a more soap free style.
Some of which are,
Apple cider vinegar
I have explained all of these soap free cleansing methods in this detailed post. Hope this will help you to get started.