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Exfoliating Soap

A look at the many soap dispensers, hand soaps, and other antibacterial mechanisms.

Soap has been used for many years as a common way of cleaning hands, face and body and there are many types available. While traditional soap is use to clean dirt and grime from the skin there are modern products which can do a more thorough cleansing job. Exfoliating soap is an example of this and many people like the benefits that using this provides.

The outermost surface of the skin is continually renewing itself and although the dead skin cells will fall from the body naturally, there are products available that can help to speed along the process. Removal of dead skin cells is known as exfoliation and this can be done by chemical or mechanical means. While some products are designed purely to exfoliate the skin, others serve the function of also cleaning. Exfoliating soap is one of the products which will both clean and exfoliate and this is simply done by scrubbing the skin with the soap.

To produce an exfoliating soap, a material is generally added to provide it with the capability of effectively removing dead skin. This tends to be an abrasive material with some of the common options being oatmeal, apricot pits, microbeads and seaweed. There are a variety of different materials used and trying a few different soaps is usually the best way to find one that is comfortable for use on your skin.

When choosing soap for exfoliating the skin it pays to check the uses for which it is recommended. Gentler abrasives are typically used for soap that is intended to exfoliate the skin on the face and this may not do such a good job on the skin of the hands and body. Alternatively, soap for exfoliating the body will typically have rougher abrasive material added and this means it will likely be too harsh for use on facial skin. Checking the packaging will generally provide details of the recommended use for the soap.

There is a huge range of options for selecting an exfoliating soap and there are a number of manufacturers that produce it. Some of these include Dove, Olay, Earth Therapeutics and Pevonia. Soap with exfoliating qualities typically comes in bar form or as a liquid wash. An example of the bar form is the Pevonia Botanica Seaweed Soap. A bar costs around $11 to purchase and is produced from a mixture of Shea butter and seaweed as well as lime and lemon essential oils. It is gentle enough to be used on a daily basis and is said to be effective at smoothing and invigorating the skin.

An example of liquid exfoliating soap is the Gentle Exfoliating Body wash from Dove. This costs around $26 for a pack of three 24oz bottles and is produced with ultra fine beads that help to exfoliate and refresh the skin.

Most people like to keep their skin in good condition with a healthy glow. Using an exfoliating soap will help to achieve this as it can effectively remove dead skin cells and leave skin looking fresher and smoother. This means it can be a good product to have in your bathroom.