How many times have you been told, “Cleanliness is next to godliness?” with the implication being that soap is good? We’ve all been brought up to believe our faces should be squeaky clean, but research shows our obsession with soap and anti-bacterial soap could be damaging our skin health.
Like with our digestive system, our skin has a delicate balance of bacteria that helps keep away pathogenic bacteria, and keeps our skin healthy.
Soap has two actions that can harm skin. It over-dries healthy skin and removes the superior oils your body secretes. Even moisturising soaps do this.
Second, antibacterial soaps kill all the bacteria on your skin, including the healthy “lawn” of good bacteria, which help prevent such bacteria as MRSA from getting a foothold.
Studies suggest upping the ‘good’ bacteria in our skin is essential for our immune system and can also combat wrinkles, sagging and pigmentation. Just as good bacteria in your gut can calm your stomach, boosting levels of it on your skin can restore your complexion’s youthful plumpness and glow.
The beneficial bugs work on the surface to maintain moisture and radiance and fight the bad bacteria that cause redness, sensitivity, spots and other infections.
The bacteria also penetrates the deeper levels to repair skin DNA and build wrinkle-preventing collagen.