When it comes to taking care of your skin and trying to look young and healthy, your choice of soap may determine both your trust in big cosmetics companies, as well as your success. Choosing the right type of soap may determine how well your skin will react, whilst choosing a poor natural soap may end up costing you a fortune and only leaving you with a nice perfume. Many people are confused about bio soaps and natural soaps, so here is a short list to find out the 5 most popular misconceptions about soaps.
1. Natural soaps only have natural ingredients
One common misconception is that when soap is labelled as natural that is only contains natural ingredients. Some soap manufacturers may make available natural ingredients to add to the soap, but the soap base may not be all-that natural indeed. Bio soaps are labelled to show that all of the ingredients are biological and that no chemicals are used, natural or synthetic.
Organic soaps may contain only organic ingredients that are certified by a national or international organic committee in which the manufacturer has to supply an ingredients list in order to gain organic certification. Natural soaps can be made with organic materials such as goat’s milk, coconut milk and many other health benefitting ingredients.
2. Natural soap may not lather so well
Unlike industrial soap or high street soap that you can find incredibly cheap in any shop, natural soaps do not contain the lather-producing chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphate or additives in order to give people the satisfaction of getting a lot of foam for their buck. A misconception about cleaning in general is that you need a good lather in order to clean, but this is not true. The natural cleaning and cleansing agents in natural soap do the job just as well as any chemically treated soap, if not much better!
3. Natural soap Lye is dangerous
One common misconception about the production and ingredients of natural soap is that lye is dangerous or bad for your skin. In fact, Lye on its own may be not the best thing to rub on your skin, but when Lye is combined with natural oils with heat the process of saponification occurs, rendering the lye harmless glycerine that is used all around the world as a common soap base even for special soap used by people with sensitive skin.
4. Soap is not biodegradable
Most common industrial soap that contains a number of chemicals and additives may not be biodegradable, but true natural soap made with traditional recipes such as Savon de Marseille is fully biodegradable. The lack of extra perfumes, colourings and chemicals to create a better lather are mostly added in their pure form, meaning the true natural soaps provide care for your skin, better performance for those who have sensitive skin, as well as a range of benefits such as moisturising qualities as found in goats milk soap, as well as pure glycerine soap made from natural bio ingredients.
5. The effectiveness of antibacterial soap
Antibacterial soaps have been with us for quite a long time now with many swearing by their properties as the supreme cleaning and cleansing master in the bathroom. Many hospitals use antibacterial soaps for surgeons and patients in order to minimise the risk of collecting and passing on bacteria, but a new study in the United States by the FDA has shown that antibacterial soaps have no known benefits over regular, natural soap.
This conclusion has meant that companies may have to provide proof that their antibacterial soap actually does provide elevated benefits over regular soap before they can be marketed and labelled as antibacterial.
If you are looking for a great everyday soap or luxury soap that you will feel a million dollars with, why not research the different types of soap and how your skin type will determine the effectiveness of any cleaning product? There are soaps for dry skin from manufacturers such as Dove, sensitive skin as well as soap for dark skin such as Congo Blu that aim to cater for specific skin types. Finding the right soap for you may make the difference when it comes to looking and feeling younger and healthier.