Body wash vs body soap bar

Date Posted:23 June 2019 

Bar soaps are traditionally more drying than body washes, however, the quality of a bar soap will determine how moisturising it is. While commercial bar soaps may cause dry skin, a good quality natural bar soap benefits your skin and the environment. 


Is body wash more moisturising than body soap bar?

If you’re comparing a standard bar soap, a body wash is usually more moisturising, however, it all depends on the quality. You can have a cheap body wash that drys out the skin and a block of good natural bar soap that moisturises while it cleanses. Natural body wash ingredients should be free from parabens and sulphates which often cause irritation and skin reactions in sensitive people. A natural body wash for dry skin or a bar soap specifically designed for dry skin conditions should both do the job when it comes to cleansing the skin while retaining moisture.


Is body wash better for sensitive skin or dry skin?

The main contributing factors that may irritate sensitive skin are fragrance and chemicals. Natural body wash for sensitive skin is beneficial for those that are highly sensitive, as chemicals and fragrances can often cause irritation. Whichever you choose, so long as it is a natural unscented body wash or bar soap it should not cause irritation. If your skin is dry or eczema-prone, a natural body wash or bar soap containing zinc, calamine and hydrating oils will help to soothe inflammation, dryness and itching after bathing. If you find that your skin is still quite dry after a shower despite using a hydrating skin cleanser, try reducing the length and heat of your showers slightly. 


What is the purpose of using charcoal in soap bars?

Charcoal has gained enormous popularity in skincare due to its ability to draw out dirt and grime from the pores of the skin. Using a charcoal soap is a great skin detoxifier, benefiting body acne such as on the back and shoulders. Most commercial acne body washes are too harsh on the skin’s natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and tight. The benefit of using a charcoal soap as a natural body wash for acne is that it effectively cleanses blocked pores without drying the skin and damaging its natural ph. 

Zero waste solution 

To cut down on waste, using a bar soap is definitely the most eco-friendly option for your household. Along with saving on packaging, bar soaps are usually less expensive and last longer than liquid body washes, meaning they are more economical too. If you are not accustomed to using a bar soap, here are a few helpful tips to get you started.

  1. Use a slated soap dish instead of a bowl or plate. This will allow the water to drain and the soap to dry properly between uses.
  2. If using in the shower, keeping the soap away from the shower stream when you are not using it will help it to last longer.
  3. Once the soap has worn down, break it up and put it in a soap bag and continue use.
  4. Consider shampoo bars as an alternative to plastic bottle shampoo and conditioners.




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