Best Face For­ward

Soap or face wash? Get your facts in place be­fore you buy

India Today - - GOOD TO KNOW -

Un­til re­cently, soaps were con­sid­ered allpur­pose cleansers both for your face and body. While soaps and face washes were used in­ter­change­ably, we now know that they are not the same—dif­fer­ent skin types re­quire dif­fer­ent care, prod­ucts and skin­care reg­i­men. Their cleans­ing tech­niques and ef­fect on the skin are also quite dif­fer­ent. Face washes are made for del­i­cate skin whereas soaps con­tain in­gre­di­ents that may be harsh on the del­i­cate fa­cial skin. Soap cleanses the skin and re­moves dirt as well as oils. This means that after clean­ing the face with soap, the skin be­comes dry and flaky. This is in con­trast to face washes which cleanse the skin while re­tain­ing oils and pH bal­ance of the skin. There are dif­fer­ent types of face washes which can be used ac­cord­ing to your skin type. A creamy tex­ture is good for dry skin while gel­based face washes are suit­able for com­bi­na­tion to oily skin. Foam cleansers are much more gen­tle and suit­able for all skin types. A ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween face washes and soaps is that soaps con­tain SLS (sodium lau­ryl sul­fate), which is re­spon­si­ble for the lather that comes from soaps. It is also the rea­son for thin­ning the top layer of the skin which may cause dry­ness. Face washes, on the other hand, are gen­tle on the skin. It is equally im­por­tant to have a healthy diet which will help reg­u­late the pH level of the body. Drink­ing plenty of wa­ter does keep your body healthy but your skin needs a daily dose of hy­dra­tion as well, a good hy­drat­ing mois­turiser and SPF pro­tec­tion.

AJOY SENGUPTA Re­gional Trainer, West and South, Sephora In­dia

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