Instead of feeling clean and refreshed after a shower, does your skin feel irritated, dry and/or itchy? If so, your soap may be to blame. Sensitive skin can become dry, itchy and red if it comes into contact with some of the chemicals that soap contains, so if you know you have sensitive skin or have experienced an adverse reaction to soap in the past, it’s time to find the best soap for sensitive skin.
The soap aisle is divided by two products: bar soap and body wash. But which one is better for sensitive skin? Here are the pros and cons for both:
So which is the clear winner? When it comes to sensitive skin, the answer is bar soap. You may be surprised, or a little upset if you’re an avid user of body wash, but bar soap is much more beneficial than body wash. It has less of a chance of irritating your skin and it’s much easier to find bar soap made for sensitive skin rather than body wash. For an in-depth analysis, read Body Wash Or Bar Soap: Which Is Better?
Now that you’ve cut out half of the soap aisle, it’s time to narrow down the choices. You know to look for bar soap, but which kind? The best place to start is the ingredient list. The best rule of thumb for any ingredient list is: If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it’s probably something you want to reconsider. That same rule applies here. If you have trouble reading through the list or aren’t familiar with the ingredients, don’t buy that soap. Instead, look for a bar soap made with natural ingredients such as oatmeal, almond oil or olive oil. Here are some other tips for choosing a bar soap:
Be sure to avoid other ingredients, such as dyes, detergents and preservatives, which can be harsh on sensitive skin.
If you have sensitive skin, you also want to be gentle in the way that you wash it. For instance, avoid using hot water in your shower or bath as it can dry out your skin and cause irritation. When exfoliating or washing your face, use a washcloth. Loofah sponges and sometimes pumice stones can feel too harsh when rubbed against sensitive skin. Always massage the soap into your skin in a gentle, circular motion to work up a lather and cleanse the skin. After your shower or bath, be sure to moisturize your skin with a gentle lotion or cream.
Now that you know what to look for, you should have no trouble finding a soap that works best for your sensitive skin. Once you see a difference in how your skin feels, you may want to consider looking for makeup, lotion and other products that are designed for sensitive skin.