As a soap maker, a question I am frequently asked is whether or not soap kills germs. This is especially good information to know with the increased concern over the spreading of Covid 19 and the easy transmission of this virus. Keeping germs at bay is essential and personal hygiene is so pertinent for staying healthy. Hand-washing and the use of soap has never been more relevant during my lifetime, so being a soap maker is a unique and gratifying experience.
In addition to nourishing the skin, soap also cleanses, removes dirt and kills bacteria. We're all exposed to germs and bacteria each day, which can impact our skins' ability to heal and put us at risk of getting sick.
Many think that harsh antibacterial soaps are required to kill germs and bacteria - but this isn't the case.
For years, cosmetic companies have been adding harsh anti-bacterial chemicals to their products, such as anti-bacterial soaps, but the CDC states that antibacterial soaps with added chemicals are no more effective than natural soaps for killing disease-causing germs. We also have healthy bacteria and oils on our skin. Using antibacterial soaps can kill these healthy bacteria and remove the natural oils, which causes damage and pre-mature aging through dryness.
However, antibacterial products can be beneficial in certain environments. They can aid in neutralizing germs in a short period of time and when used in hospitals, vet clinics, homes with pets, and when allergies come into play. There are also situations where washing your hands is not an option- think about using the porta-potty! But continuous use of these harsh chemicals puts your skin at risk for damage. These harsh chemicals dry out the skin, and dry and cracked skin can become vulnerable to infection.
How does natural soap work then?
The oils we use in Lion & Rose Natural soaps are naturally antibacterial. Olive oil and shea butter are known to be anti-aging, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. Rich in vitamins A and E, these moisturizers protect the skin against environmental damage and help guard against UV radiation.
Coconut oil is antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial, helping repel germs and bacteria responsible for breakouts and skin irritations such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Because it's extremely nourishing, it is perfect at helping combat dry skin as well.
Castor oil is another wonder oil, and contains antioxidants that fight free radicals in your body and has natural anti-bacterial properties.
The Bottom Line
Anti-bacterial soaps have their place in hospitals and other clinical settings and are beneficial when used for a short period of time, but using a natural soap, will be effective for keeping germs at bay and is a more nourishing practice for overall skin health. If you have never used a natural soap, this is the perfect tine to take control of your skin's health and try a natural soap.