Dermatologists Compare Bar Soap and Body Wash, Which is Better?
The skin is the largest organ of the body, and it is essential to keep it clean at all times. But choosing the right cleanser can sometimes be difficult. Dermatologists break down the pros and cons of using either bar soap or body wash below:
Bar soap vs. Body Wash vs. Shower Gel
Generally speaking, all soaps do the same thing; dislodge dirt from the skin's surface. They only differ on the ingredients used in making them. Bar soap can be used to dissolve sweat and dirt on the skin and kill the bacteria on it. Bar soaps easily break down the oil apart and eliminate pathogens from the skin.
Meanwhile, body wash uses the same mechanism to get the dirt off the skin, but most of the time, it contains moisturizing ingredients to treat common skin conditions, such as dryness of the skin, clogged pores, and skin flaking. The ingredients used are usually for restoring skin moisture that can get stripped away from cleansing.
Our range of soaps are made from pure, natural plant oils and contain moisturising ingredients that will also leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, much like body washes. Additionally, the skin will be left gently scented by our exclusive range of plant based fragrances.
On the other hand, shower gel is just a thinner and less hydrating version soap. It simply cleanses the skin without moisturizing it and does not cling the same way as scented soap.
Use bar soap when...
...you've made that judgment call.
Using bar soap is more eco-friendly than a shower gel or body wash as ours come in a recyclable box and do not typically contain microbeads, unlike body wash. Microbeads have become so controversial because of the environmental impact that, in some cases, they are banned.
Moreover, bar soaps also contain less ingredients and do not need preservatives to keep them, which means they are free of parabens, which are harmful to the skin. It is also easier to make hypoallergenic soap as there are plenty of herbal and all-natural bar soap options such as ours.
Lastly, use bar soap when you are concerned about bacteria. Some would argue that bacteria breed on bar soap, but a study * from Trusted Source in 1988 showed minimal bacterial risk in a bar of soap.
Title: Washing with contaminated bar soap is unlikely to transfer bacteria.
* Epidemiol Infect. 1988 Aug; 101(1): 135–142.