We have been reared to think that traditional soaps are the best cleansing products to remove germs and stains from our skin. However, it has been discovered that using soap-free products will also cleanse yet be more beneficial to our skin.
Research shows that both soap and soap-free cleansers require ingredients to attract both water and fat in order to remove dirt and oil from the skin. The essential detergent is called a surfactant, which contains both oil and water adaptive components. The oil component captures the dirt while the water component removes it. A key separation between the two types of cleansers is that soap-free cleansers mainly use formulas produced from petroleum and other oils, rather than fatty acids that are used in soap. Traditional soaps also have a high pH, which dries the skin and leaves it more susceptible to pollutants. A soap-free cleanser with a low pH will clean your skin without removing the moisturizing benefits.
A big misconception about soap-free products is that they do not generate enough lather, which is commonly used as an indicator of the product doing its job. Studies have shown that a tremendous amount of lather is not required to clean the skin. In fact, many people don’t realize that the lather they love in most soap products are created artificially with solvents and fragrances simply as a way to appeal to the consumer. Most solutions usually contain toxins that are less healthy for the body, causing skin irritations and dryness. Lather-rich shampoos containing sulfates and parabens can leave damaging effects to the hair and scalp. Sulfates, which are derived from sulfur-containing mineral salts such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), give you the nice foam you crave but can cause damage to the immune system and skin inflammation. Parabens are added to preserve the shelf life of many shampoos, but may also disrupt your hormonal balance which can result in hair loss.
Soap-free cleansers allow the body to retain more moisture during longer showers while leaving behind less residue on the skin and in the tub. Say goodbye to soap scum, but you will not lose that clean scent. Say hello to purifying scents and healthier skin, thanks to almond oil and aloe vera extract.
Dresdner Essence offers an array of soap-free cleansing products to include in your skin and hair care routine. Relieve the winter itch and enjoy a warm shower with our Delicate Peony Shower Bar, and try our Exotic Fruits Shampoo Bar, which is sulfate and paraben-free for shinier hair. Due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the CDC urges everyone to wash their hands more frequently. As you wash often, you can still maintain suppleness using our Revitalizing Hemp Soap-Free Cleansing Bar. Looking for a vegan and cruelty-free facial bar? Our Silky Cotton Solid Facial Cleansing Bar will remove makeup and ensure clean and soft skin.