If I had to think of a keyword for 2017 so far, it would be “simplify”. This year was all about decluttering, buying less and downsizing. In the beauty department, I made a conscious effort to minimize the amount of products that I use on the daily basis. Do we really need to layer 6 different products onto our face every day? Some people swear by it, but to me it just sounds like too much for our skin to handle.
One of the areas that I’ve changed recently is my cleansing routine. I went from using 3 different products (eye make up remover, micellar water and liquid cleansing wash) to just using 2: coconut oil and natural facial soap.
Today I want to talk about my experience switching to natural facial soap and why I think I might never go back to traditional liquid cleansers!
My journey started when I did some research about the ingredients that are found in commercial soaps vs. natural soaps. This article explains it really well:
Harmful Commercial Soap Ingredients
- Parabens: otherwise known as chemical preservatives, these harmful ingredients are found in majority of commercial soap and beauty products.
- Phthalates: known to cause cancer, this additive is often used as a ‘plasticizer’- a fancy word for an ingredient used to produce plastic.
- Petrochemicals: made from petroleum, these chemicals should be considered unsafe for humans because little is known about the longterm effects they have on our health.
- Synthetic Perfume: artificial perfume scents, although they smell nice, are linked to allergies and hormonal issues. As well, synthetic ingredients such as perfume are likely to cause skin conditions and to aggravate existing issues such as acne.
- Artificial Colouring: commercial soaps are packed with artificial dyes that have been known to cause health problems and illnesses in humans.
Healthy Natural Soap Ingredients
- Healthy Oils: despite common belief – oil is actually an important ingredient in soap, especially if you have oily or acne prone skin. Added oils like coconut oil, grapeseed oil or olive oil help to nourish and moisturize skin and bring it back to its natural PH levels.
- Essential Oils: scented natural soaps are usually created with an essential oil to produce a natural, harm-free odor.
- Honey, Aloe, Oatmeal etc.: natural soaps are made with organic, biodegradable ingredients that are harvested, produced, or sourced in a safe and conscious way. Unlike chemical ingredients, a consumer can easily understand what these ingredients are and how their body will react to them.”
My experience making the switch
The experience has been truly AMAZING!! My skin feels so silky and soft after each wash – a far cry from the tight and dry feeling my old cleanser used to leave me with. I’ve been using the calendula soap and honey oat soap by a local Hong Kong shop called Soapy Aroma.
Why I will stick to natural soaps
Better ingredients – The best types of natural soaps are those made from vegetable glycerin (plant-based oil extracted from coconut, soybeans or palm nut), which inject nutrients deep into the skin layer
Earth-friendly – Natural soap ingredients are biodegradable and don’t come in plastic packaging
Multi-functional – They can be used as facial soaps or body soaps
Gentle on the skin – High quality soaps contain unprocessed and unaltered ingredients that don’t irritate your skin’s pH-balance
More variety – There are hundreds of combinations of scents, essential oils, and herbs to try! The options are endless
No animal testing
I get to support local small businesses!
Some tips when using soap bars
Keep your bar in a cool place on a dish that can drain so that it’s not sitting in a pool of water. I usually dry the soap lightly with a towel right after use.
Don’t take the bar directly to your face or body. Ideally use a soap net to lather the product in your hands for a few seconds before using the lather to gently cleanse your complexion. I love that the Soapy Aroma soaps come with a pouch so you don’t have to buy it separately.
Feeling inspired to give soap bars a try?