What Should You Look For When Choosing A Soap Or Bathing Bar?

Soaps have been in use for over 1000 years with their inherent composition remaining essentially unchanged. Soap bars in India are regulated by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and it is mandatory for all soaps to comply with these standards.

What Do Well Designed Soaps Contain And How Do They Help Skin?

The two-fold function of a well-designed soap is to (a) cleanse the skin by removing germs and dirt, and (b) nourish the skin by adding back essential skin benefit ingredients. Soaps contains a balanced mix of ingredients such as the following to achieve this:

  • Soaps – are plant based cleansers derived from palm and coconut oils that are used to gently wash-off dirt, grime and germs from skin.
  • Moisturizers - as the name suggests, these ingredients are responsible for either adding back moisture to the skin or locking in the skin’s natural moisture e.g. Glycerin
  • Other Skin care Ingredients - Soaps may contain a host of other skin care ingredients known for their benefits e.g. vitamins E, almond oil, essential oils, botanical extracts like rose extract, Jasmine extract, aloe vera etc.

So, Does A Soap’s pH Really Matter?

Debunk the Myth: The action of any product on the skin is determined by how components of that product as a whole interact with skin and is not solely dependent on product pH. Skin has an in-built ability to balance its own pH. According to research published in Skin Research and Technology, washing with any cleanser (acidic or alkaline) leads to a temporary increase in skin pH which reverses in a short time to its original pH level after wash because of skin’s in-built ability to remain balanced . Even when one washes hands with water (pH 7), the skin’s pH level rises marginally but quickly comes back to its original pH.

Know the complete truth…
Common sense tells you: Soaps or bathing bars, irrespective of their pH, have been used for over 1000 years and are completely safe to use!