Avoiding using a soap cleanser can genuinely benefit your skin, especially during the winter months. Products that contain soap are known to be excessively harsh on skin, and some may even cause damage.
What does soap-free mean?
Soap is a strong alkali solution formulated for the purpose of cleansing – mostly a mix of sodium hydroxide, natural fats and oils. It cleans surfaces by surrounding oil particles, which makes them easier to wash away with water.
Soap-free foam cleansers, on the other hand, are not made with an alkali solution. They are made without the addition of fats and alkaline additives and contain ingredients that emulsify to break up excess dirt and oil. Soap-free cleansers are ideal for those with sensitive skin, as well as for those who suffer from allergies.
Why should you avoid using soap?
There are a few very good reasons to opt for a soap-free cleanser which we outline below:
Soap disrupts your skin’s natural pH
The main reason soap is seen as a skincare enemy is because of the havoc it can wreak on the natural pH levels of our skin. Healthy skin has a pH of 5.5 and products with an unbalanced pH level — anything above a 7 pH — damages the protective layer on your skin.
This damage makes your skin prone to inflammation such as eczema and acne breakouts. Products with a higher than ideal pH can also cause premature aging.
Soap-free cleansers are pH-balanced and in fact help to actively restore your skin’s protective barrier. Exuviance Total Correct Wash is 100% soap-free and contains a conditioning blend of botanical extracts including aloe, rose, chamomile, rosemary and cucumber.
Soap makes dry, itchy winter skin worse
As we move into the colder, drier winter months we may experience the dreaded ‘winter itch’. Harsh winter conditions draw moisture from the skin and products that contain soap exacerbate this. Those with oily or acne-prone skin should also steer clear of soap cleansers. Why? Soap washed away essential oils that fight bacteria which in fact result in an increase in breakouts.
Switch to soap-free
We all want to achieve healthy, vibrant skin, all year round. By eliminating harsh chemical soaps and introducing a gentle soap-free foaming cleanser into your daily regime means you’re on the right path to your skincare goals.