But as many of you may be experiencing dry, sore hands with all that extra handwashing, which will only compound as Australia's winter approaches, what is the solution to hand soap that doesn't dry the skin??
The main cleansing agent in many commercial hand soap formulas is SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), one of the cheapest and strongest, but most irritating surfactants in skincare. (Also found in bodywash, shampoos, bubble bath). You might also see SLeS (Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate) listed, created to be less irritating, but in actuality is still a chemical irritant.
These 'sulphates' give soap its foaming action, with the ability to remove grime and dirt (and viruses), but are harshly drying to skin, stripping it of natural skin oils, eliciting skin reactions such as inflammation, eczema and contact dermatitis. Along with a long list of other chemicals, alcohol, fragrances and preservatives that commercial soaps are cheaply formulated with, it's no wonder our skin becomes worse for wear.
Until recently, soap companies did not have to disclose their ingredients, which by law they now have to - most consumers neglect to check soap ingredients, so check yours, and you'll see why!
If your soap contains SLS or SLeS, switch to a more gentle soap!
We recommend our fabulous all natural Foaming Handwash formula -
it's totally Sulphate and chemical free, using the latest eco and skin friendly coconut and sugar cleansers with skin conditioners, plus loaded with powerful antimicrobial Essential Oils that not only smell great, but work effectively to whisk away bacterial & viral germs & odours.
Minimise the risk to your health and skin -
Lock in a natural soap routine in your home today!