Bar soap used to be the go-to for hand and body cleansingÃ¢â‚¬”but then liquid suds came along, proving just how drying the bars were. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bar soaps of the past contained alkaline and had higher pHs,Ã¢â‚¬Â says New York City-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., of MDCS. Luckily, updated versions are much more hydrating. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Many of the newer bar soaps are formulated without detergents that can dry out the skin, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re lower in pH to match the skinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s normal pH levels, and more importantly, the new class of bar soaps also tend to contain better ingredients, such as oilsÃ¢â‚¬”argan, tea tree, rose, oliveÃ¢â‚¬”or organic extracts that help nourish the skin while cleansing,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Engelman.
These new-age bar soaps also have benefits over their liquid counterparts. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bar soaps help promote circulation, as the bar can be used to provide a gentle massage,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Engelman. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They provide better exfoliation, tooÃ¢â‚¬”you would have to use a loofah for similar results with liquid soap.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ready to try one for yourself? The picks on the next slides come highly recommended by Engelman.
This is made with tea tree oil, an antiseptic. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Additionally, the tea tree oil has a natural invigorating property that helps relieve tired and stressed muscles,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Engelman.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For a deep dose of hydration, this Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar is what you need,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Engelman. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It contains argan oil, which is extremely rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, as well as Shea butter. An added bonus, it contains talc, which is a natural mineral that helps control body perspiration and odor.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I recommend Cetaphil to my patients with sensitive skin since this non-soap formulation provides both gentle skin cleansing and antibacterial benefits for facial and full body cleansing,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Engelman.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The organic rose extract in this is known for its healing, rejuvenating, and antiseptic properties,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Engelman. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This particular soap also includes pure, natural vegetable oils, which provide a creamy lather that wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t dry out your skin.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Virgin olive oil is excellent for those who have dry skin since itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s deeply moisturizing,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Engelman.