How To Avoid Soaps That Dry Out Your Skin

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Below are some tips on how to avoid soaps that dry out your skin. You can make some lifestyle changes if you suffer from dry, itchy skin, such as drinking more water and taking a shorter shower. Your soap can also play a role in this. If your soap is too harsh, it will strip your skin of its natural oils and leave it feeling tight and dry and thirsty for some moisturizer.

Many of the products we grew up using as soap aren’t even really soap. Technically soap is the byproduct of combining fats and lye. That is, by definition, what soap is. Many of the commercially available liquid “soaps” aren’t even really soaps. They are detergents, which are mostly water with some chemical additives.

These detergents perform the same function as soap. They attach to the only dirt on your skin with water and allow you to wash it down the drain easily. The problem with these detergents is that they are too aggressive for many people’s skin. Your skin naturally produces oil called sebum, which helps to lock in moisture and protect your skin. These detergents can remove this naturally occurring sebum, causing your skin to feel dry, tight, and irritated, not to mention vulnerable.

Reading the ingredients of your products is the best way to avoid soaps that dry out your skin. Bar soaps in general are made to be more gentle than liquid soaps. If you need to use liquid soap, look to be sure that it is actually soap. These ingredients should be easy to pronounce and read if you want to use a quality soap. The most important thing to avoid is chemicals such as SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate), or SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), Cocamidopropyl betaine, Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), and methylchloroisothiazolinone (CMIT) that are present in a large percentage of commercially available liquid “soaps.”

Fragrance and Dyes

Dyes can also play a role. They make a product stand out on a shelf, but they only function to convince the consumer to buy one over the other. They aren’t really needed. If you do want some color, there are more natural options to look at.

The fact that a soap has a scent isn’t really a problem. It is the source of that scent that can cause issues for some. Synthetic fragrance oils are combinations of proprietary chemicals to produce a desired smell. Some of these chemicals often include things that can be irritants or include chemicals to avoid (such as phthalates) to improve the scent’s ability to last. Instead of fragrance oil, essential oils are a more natural way to include scent into a soap. The essential oils come directly from plant matter, so depending on the choice, they can also bring some therapeutic value.

At Bay Berry Bliss, you can shop any of our natural soaps and be confident you won’t find any harsh chemicals that can strip your skin of its natural oils. None of our soaps use dyes; the colorants are all naturally derived from micas and oxides that come directly from the earth. All of our natural soaps are scented with only 100% pure essential oils or have no scent added. Shop our section of natural soaps here at Bay Berry Bliss.


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