Great personal hygiene should always be placed at the forefront of our regular skin care routines. But within personal hygiene, variances occur that help determine how well our skin is being maintained. Our marketplace is full of different types of soaps such as ones meant for; sensitive skin, moisturizing, oil control, scented or unscented and most noticeably, bar or liquid. But is there really any skin care difference when it comes to using body wash or a bar of soap? Let’s first find out all of the advantages and disadvantages of each then decide who the winner will be.
Bars of soap have been cleansing the world for hundreds of years. But since liquid soap emerged, bars of soap have left the center stage and made their way down to the bottom of the soap isle within our local stores. But why is that, when both at their primary functions, perform the same way and are made up of the same basic components?
Bars of soap do however have their own set of benefits. They are usually a little bit lighter on our wallets and quite often come unscented and fragrance free, something less commonly found with liquid soaps. Those with sensitive skin, allergies to fragrances, or those whom have skin conditions such as eczema, are recommended to use bars of soap because they contain glycerin which has dermatological benefits.
Before becoming body wash, liquid soap first emerged as hand soap, a sanitary alternative to the bar of soap. But liquid soap quickly evolved and became the industry leading standard within cleansing products. I can’t quite recall the last time I saw a commercial advertising a bar of soap, but body wash advertisements can be seen everywhere, and for good reason;
Body Washes come with tons of variations, and depending on the type of skin you have, there is a body wash out there to help. Some body washes contain moisturizers, helping to relieve dry skin, others control oil, some help with exfoliation and others help give you a “deep clean”, whatever that means. But the options don’t just stop here, the scents and smells are endless, and just as it takes a while to find the right perfume or cologne that fits you, the same now goes with our soap.
So far it seems like liquid soap has a lot going for it, however it does have its own drawbacks too, and its biggest one is waste. With body wash, it’s so much easier to use more than what we need to, and we end up wasting so much unless you’re using a loofah or an exfoliating shower towel.
So in the end, both bar of soap, and liquid soap both perform the same functions, and one is not really better than the other. It all depends on personal preference as well as finding the right kind of soap that matches your skin type.