You may be surprised to learn the effect of handmade soap on sensitive skin. Especially if you are used to other soaps and cleansers stinging and drying out your skin. The secret to choosing a handmade soap for sensitive skin is getting one that has been superfatted 10%.
Superfat 10% means your soap contains unsaponified fats. Unsaponified fats are the key to choosing a soap for sensitive skin. These fats are what neutralise the soap and moisturise your skin. The idea about soap being too harsh for the skin comes from industrial mass produced soaps. This kind of soap has no unsaponified fats..
Handmade soap is used by millions of people with sensitive skin around the world (I am one of them). People who would never use a bar of mass produced soap from the supermarket happily lather themselves in handmade soap every day.
You’re not alone, many people complain about having sensitive skin. The most common cause of sensitive skin is Contact Dermatitis, where an external substance irritates the skin. If the cosmetics and personal care products that you’re adding to your skin contain surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate or formaldehyde, STOP using them.
These chemicals are too harsh for your skin and dry it out big time. Yes, they leave you squeaky clean, but in the process they break down the lipids that bind your skin cells together. Lipids are essential for resisting damage and dryness. And now because your skin is so weak, everything seems to irritate it!
You may experience redness, dryness, peeling, bumps or invisible stinging, itching and burning. You should get Contact Dermatitis diagnosed by a doctor because it may be something more serious like rosacea or eczema and require extra treatment steps. If you have sensitive skin due to Contact Dermatitis, it can be easily cured by replacing your current skincare products with natural alternatives.
You probably use a lot of products to solve your skin and hair problems right now. It might surprise you that the products you’re using actually create a lot more problems than they solve. You will find that switching to a natural product will solve many issues without creating new ones. You’ll save lots of money and your skin will be healthier than ever!
More tips for Sensitive Skin Types:
- Avoid harsh beauty products such as alcohol-based toners, coarse facial scrubs, or anything containing known irritants
- Choose mineral makeup with as few ingredients as possible; preservative and fragrance free
- Minimise sun exposure; cover up and wear a non chemical sunscreen
- Avoid anything that makes you hot or flushed; hot showers, hot drinks, spicy food