Lather up with lovely soaps

Lather up! There’s noth­ing quite like a wash with a bar of soap that smells and feels heav­enly

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IT’S been around for more than 5 000 years so soap must be do­ing some­thing right! We use it to wash our hands, for bathing and some­times, us­ing gen­tler ver­sions, to cleanse our face. Be­cause it’s given so many names – cleans­ing bar, mois­ture bar, med­i­cated soap, an­tibac­te­rial soap – it can be­come con­fus­ing pick­ing out the right one for your needs. Here’s what to look out for.


Soap was tra­di­tion­ally made us­ing glyc­er­ine, a nat­u­ral mois­tur­is­ing in­gre­di­ent that gives skin just the right amount of oil. But many com­mer­cial soap man­u­fac­tur­ers have re­placed this lux­u­ri­ous nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ent with chem­i­cals, colourants and preser­va­tives, many of which can ir­ri­tate your skin.

Syn­thetic fra­grances are also used to mask the odour of the harsh ad­di­tives. The re­sult? A bar of soap that can do more harm than good to your skin.

The first thing to con­sider when choos­ing soap is your skin type. Us­ing too harsh a prod­uct on dry skin will leave you with flakes and itch­i­ness due to the tight­ness caused by the soap. If your skin is prone to break­outs, stay away from mois­ture-rich soap. Avoid us­ing harsh soaps on your face, es­pe­cially if they have an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties as these con­tain in­gre­di­ents too strong for del­i­cate fa­cial skin. Use them in­stead on your hands to help re­move bac­te­ria and germs.

Look for face soaps made from a blend of veg­etable oils such as olive, co­conut, palm, soya bean or sun­flower oil. These are the most gen­tle on your skin.

Added in­gre­di­ents such as shea but­ter, co­coa but­ter, aloe vera and vi­ta­min E make your bar of soap more mois­tur­is­ing.

Also, pick a scent you en­joy to make lath­er­ing up a com­plete sen­sual ex­pe­ri­ence. There’s plenty to choose from and many soaps use es­sen­tial oils so you can be sure of a nat­u­ral fra­grance.

Al­ways keep your bar on a soap dish or a soap saver to pre­vent it be­com­ing soggy. This way, the soap will dry and the ex­cess wa­ter will run off so you don’t end up with a mushy mess.

And fi­nally, make sure you read the la­bels to find out ex­actly what went into the bar of soap.

If you find a soap you love, stock up on it so you’ll al­ways have your favourite bar nearby!

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