Why Soap Is the Least Natural Way to Wash Your Skin
I am not going to waste time explaining why soap is bad for your skin or any other part of your body. I will only say that there are many things that you need to do before using soap on yourself.
If you want to learn more about it, please read my previous post: How To Get Rid Of Dry Skin Naturally With Homemade Body Wash Without Soap.
If you have been reading my blog for some time now, then you probably already know that I believe soap is one of the most harmful products ever invented. But here’s another thing that you might not know: soap doesn’t actually make your skin feel better!
It makes your skin feel worse! That’s right, if you use too much soap on yourself, it can cause acne. And when your skin gets pimple-ridden, it looks like someone took a razor to it.
Soap is made out of soaps, which are basically chemicals. Chemicals are substances that have no inherent value of their own; they simply act as catalysts to create other properties.
For example, if you add ammonia to water, the result will be a solution containing ammonia and water (ammonia). The thing is, the properties of these chemicals are unknown until they go through a process. What you see as “soap” is actually a bunch of stuff that has gone through a process called saponification. There are many types of soaps, but they all fall into two main categories: animal and plant.
Soap can be made from natural sources, such as oils and fats. These soaps are better for your skin because they’re generally more moisturizing.
Olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter are the most common oils used to make soap.
Soap can also be made from artificial chemicals. Like I said before, these are just substances that act as a catalyst to create other properties.
The most common ones include things like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These types of soaps are often called “friction-based cleansers” or “surface active agents.” They’re less expensive to produce, and work as an excellent detergent. These types of soaps are in most products, like shampoos, body wash, and toothpaste.
SLS is a known toxin that strips the skin of it’s natural moisture. It’s not exactly good for the rest of your body either.
There have been several studies to suggest that these toxins can cause cancer (1, 2) as well as liver damage (3).
Sources & references used in this article:
Why soap works by F Jabr – … /03/13/health/soap-coronavirus-handwashing-germs …, 2020 – habiology.org
Why Is Washing Your Hands So Important, Anyway? by PK Ram, AK Halder, SP Granger, T Jones… – The American journal of …, 2010 – ASTMH
From browning to cake soap: popular debates on skin bleaching in the Jamaican Dancehall by S Skotnicki, C Shulgan – 2018 – Penguin
Milk-Based Soaps: Making Natural, Skin-Nourishing Soap by KJ Wu – Smithsonian. com, March, 2020 – covidcalltohumanity.org