Soap. The very word makes my epidermis run away and hide in a corner. If you want to dry your skin out and make you look like a Victorian street urchin then this baby can hook you up, no problem. The thought of soap reminds me of those horrid slithers of white stuff that sit in public bathrooms, holding more germs and dirt on them than you’re trying to wash off. Bleugh. As you can tell, I’m not a lover of soap.
However, I got sent some interesting facts from the ladies at Dove. In the UK alone, nearly 24 Dove Cream Bars are sold every minute. That equates to 12.5million bars a year! Blimey. Well, they must be doing something right because 12.5million people can’t be wrong. The difference between this and a normal soap bar is that it contains 1⁄4 moisturising cream and is formulated to be pH neutral, so it causes ‘minimal disturbance’ to the skin’s natural moisture balance. Normal soaps strip away the skin’s natural moisture, leaving it dry and flaky and giving you that ‘tight’ feeling. Dove actively replenishes essential moisture lipids lost during the daily cleansing process.
Not only is Dove a fab ‘non-soap’ bar, but it can also be used in so many other ways... as a face cleanser (it’s apparently fab at removing make-up), a rich shaving foam thanks to its creamy lather, and even for hand washing delicate clothes and removing stains! All this and it costs less than a cup of coffee... I’ll be picking one up on my way home.
This got me thinking though – there must be other soapy products out there that won’t have my skin in a flakier situation than a Flake. Here are a couple of fab soaps I’ve found that should definitely be on our radar.
Origins – Active Charcoal body soap £12.00
Bamboo Charcoal goes deep to draw out would-be pore-cloggers and remove blockages that breed baddies like bumps, breakouts and acne. Clove and Wintergreen deodorize and dissolve surface impurities, Glycerin prevents moisture loss and the spirited scent of Spearmint and Rosemary leave you refreshed, recharged and reinvigorated. Although this is formulated for men, I think it’s perfect for us ladies too.
Dead Sea natural mineral soap £3.29
The Dead Sea has long been a source of health and beauty and possesses properties that can help heal skin ailments like eczema, acne, psoriasis, stimulate blood circulation and restore water to body cells. Basically, this may look like it belongs in your Gran’s bathroom, but if it does what it says it should take pride place in yours.
Boots Royal Jelly Soap £3.49
This contains natural Royal Jelly and honey which are well known for their hydrating and soothing properties. These products seem to have been around forever – and for good reason. They’re fab.
Lush – Ice Cool soap £2.85
When you're in a warm shower, rub Ice Blue soap on your body and it gives you a refreshing, tingly feeling all over. Peppermint has been used for thousands of years to help the skin stay soft and the mind stay focused. The sea salt in Ice Blue is used to exfoliate as you wash your hands and body, giving you lush (no pun intended) skin.