The Tighter, The Better: Debunking Soap Myths

The Tighter, The Better: Debunking Soap Myths


Lathering up with your favorite body soap and rubbing it against your skin never gets old. Yet a question remains: does it care for your skin as much as it cleanses?

Skin cleansing has indeed gone a long way, from simply scrubbing off dirt to becoming an activity to improve the skin’s health and appearance throughout the day. For many people, it has become a belief that skin care products are only deemed effective and that the skin is cleansed thoroughly if the skin feels tight after use. It has become a “normal skin reaction,” but is it really normal?

Before we answer that, first, let’s try to understand this post-shower-squeaky-clean feeling that we all have been accustomed to.

Is it healthy for my skin to feel tight after washing?

The tightness you’re feeling in your skin after washing is rather a sign that the skin is over-cleansed or damaged, and this could be due to the kind of product you put onto your skin during bathing—soap. While it is true that conventional bar soaps do the job of removing dirt and oils, they do so with chemicals to easily penetrate the skin’s deeper layers. This sounds desirable for “deep cleansing”, yet it may actually be harsh for your skin.

Conventional soaps can strip away the skin’s natural moisturizing oils and undermine the skin’s natural barrier function. When this happens, toxins, bacteria, and other unhealthy substances set deeper into the skin—where they can make it prone to dryness, itching, and irritation in the long run.

What can I do to reverse this skin-tightening feeling?

It’s simply to rid your face and body of products that do not care for your skin—meaning, the better choice isn’t ordinary bar soaps, but beauty bars. Beauty bars have a pH level that’s close to your skin’s to avoid any damage, and they work wonders at both cleansing and caring for your body from head to toe.

A beauty bar not only washes away dirt and germs, but also locks in moisture and replenishes nutrients that are lost during shower. It then leaves your skin soft to the touch and feeling healthy at its best. These benefits are vital to keeping your skin smooth and radiant-looking, regardless of your skin type.

Which beauty bar is the best for my skin?

Dove Beauty Bars in regular, pink, and sensitive variants

The best beauty bars are the gentle all around multitaskers that you can use on your face and your body. Yet, with so many formulas to explore out there, only Dove Beauty Bar achieved a cult classic status. Its extra mild cleansing technology—made with ¼ moisturizing cream—is designed to protect the skin’s natural barrier, while still being able to keep the skin clean and hydrated. No more leaving the bathroom with that skin-tight post-wash feeling.

Mild, nourishing, and pampering, the iconic brand is also the number one recommended by dermatologists because Dove is not a soap, but rather a beauty bar. Whether you’re washing your hands, removing your makeup, or showering, Dove gives you multiple moments of care beyond cleaning. Regular and pink variants aside, the beauty bar offers a formula for sensitive skin that’s hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

Rethink clean and make Dove Beauty Bar’s skin cleansing and caring benefits the standard. For more information, visit their website. Don’t forget to give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram for product updates.

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