DEBUNKING THE COMMON BAR SOAP MISCONCEPTIONS
In an age where liquid soap reigns, bar soaps has gotten a bad rep — sadly, not for good reasons. The reality is that people avoid bar soap due to misconceptions that have little to no truth behind them.
The fact of the matter is that bringing back bar soaps may be one of the best things you can do for your shower routine, and skin.
With so much conflicting information, it can be hard to create skincare habits that hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. With that said, you may want to change how you think about bar soaps. It’s time to set the record straight.
MYTH: BAR SOAPS DRY OUT YOUR SKIN
FACT: Liquid soaps are known to contain many chemicals and ingredients like fragrance and alcohols that are harsh on your skin and can cause irritation and dryness. Bar Soaps, on the other hand, contain natural, fatty oils that effectively moisturize and hydrate the skin.
While some regular bar soaps may be harsh for certain skin types, there are products like Erno Laszlo soaps that are specially created for those with sensitive or oily skin.
MYTH: BAR SOAPS ARE FULL OF GERMS
FACT: Bar soap collects the dirt and germs from your body. Naturally it is assumed that by using the product — especially after it’s used by someone else — is very unhygienic. The reality is that these germs do exist, but chances of them transferring to your body is very low.
Marlene Wolfe, an environmental health researcher at Tufts University cited that “There’s not a lot of evidence that bacteria from bar soap is transferred to the next person.”
This is because the product contains ingredients that are actually self-cleaning once they dry out. So long story short, if you are afraid of your bar transferring germs, just leave it in a dry area where it can cleanse itself.
MYTH: THEY ARE BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
FACT: As bar soaps are often made of natural ingredients, they require less packaging, and in some cases are packaged in recyclable boxes, which is actually far less harmful to the environment than people think. As a matter of fact, comparatively, liquid soaps have a 25% larger carbon footprint.
MYTH: THEY WILL MAKE YOU SICK
FACT: This is another myth stemming from the misconception that bar soaps are essentially germ factories. The reality is that it is unlikely to make you sick — even if it is built up with bacteria (which it isn’t, really).
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, under 1 percent of bacteria make people sick. You’re also far more likely to spread germs if you share — when it’s a solo product, however, you’re put at little risk.
MYTH: THEY ARE FAR MORE EXPENSIVE
FACT: It’s easy to be misled that soap bars are more expensive because, when exposed to water, they wear down fast. That said, most keep their product in a dry place where it doesn’t get worn down.
Liquid soap, on the other hand, is far more expensive due to the fact it is bigger and requires more packaging. As a matter of fact, it’s time to stop thinking critically about bar soap, and think more constructively about the products that claim to replace them.