This is going to be a quick one for my lovely "soap users"... you may hate me by the end of it.
Since the beginning of my career I have been baffled by how clients cringe with the thought of putting Suave on their hair, but continue to use bar soap for their skin care. I get it; its a cheap one-step cleansing that can make your skin feel squeaky clean but what damage is it doing?
Because soap is Alkaline (think 8th grade science class) and our skin is slightly Acidic it deprives your skin from the oil it needs. Anyone who knows me, knows how I LOVE my analogies. It is how I work and how I understand things. So, think of your skin as a car. If you stripped your engine of all the oil it needs you would probably not make it to the closest 7-11. One thing I hate the most is how oil has been impersonated as the enemy. "oil-free" has been slapped on numerous products to catch your eye at the grocery store. In reality, oil isn't always bad.
Our skin needs oil for 3 reasons:
-To protect it; Our Acid Mantle (thin oil layer) acts as a barrier from: bacteria, anything environmental, the makeup we put on our skin, and everything in between.
-It keeps us young; over drying your skin causes our acid mantle to be broken down. What that means is, those wrinkles that have been creepin' for years finally made their big debut. HELLO BOTOX.
-It calms oil production; When you over dry your skin, your body will naturally try to compensate with an over production of oil. Talk about adding to the problem!! Now, not only do you have your dry flaky skin, but now you have an over production of oil underneath. You know those bumps that aren't quite zits? Yeah.
To recap, soap strips your acid mantle, drying out your skin which promotes aging. My recommendation? Invest in yourself and invest in your skincare. I promise you that high quality cleanser and moisturizer is a lot less expensive than a face lift and botox in 10 years. Here's to looking 30 when you are 40!