Posted in Beauty on March 14, 2014

Our grandparents had just a couple of choices as far as skin cleansers go; that’s what was available and the choice was made instantly. What happens now when we go to the supermarket to buy our toiletries? We are bamboozled out of our wits and can’t pick out one cleanser to dump in our shopping carts. With an avalanche of soaps, body washes and scrubs lining the shelves, it is hard for us to make our choices- some benefit us in one way and others benefit us in another. Read on to know what to keep in mind when next time you go out shopping.

When we talk about a soap bar, it is usually used for the purpose of cleansing only, without any focus on moisturizing, exfoliating, etc. Consumers do agree that a soap bar does contain ingredients that dry out the skin to make it flaky. But with manufacturers running the rat race, different ingredients are added to a soap bar to make it much more than just a cleanser. A bar of soap can now wash away germs, exfoliate and do multi-tasking.  Body washes are gentle cleansers that are fragranced and moisturizing. They are mostly non anti-bacterial and are used only when the purpose is to get clean and fresh and not to get rid of excess oil, etc. A scrub is an exfoliating cleanser, which scraps off old skin cells. It usually consists of ingredient that is coarse and can remove dead skin (apricot, sugar particles, etc.)

Now, how will you choose the ideal one for you? Firstly, read the ingredients of the cleanser before buying and strike out the ones that you are allergic to (aloe vera, lime juice, etc.). If your skin is oily and produces excess sebum then go for a soap bar, which will tackle the oily skin and deep cleanse. The soap must be anti-bacterial and fragranced to prevent oil and germ attack. For dry skins, go for body wash as it will moisturize and cleanse your skin. If you are allergic to artificial fragrance then go for fragrance-free body washes. If you think you are an outdoor person and tend to accumulate dead skin very soon then buy either a soap bar with scrub qualities or a simple scrub to make your skin smooth and shiny. Keep all the above in mind and go with a clear head when next time you are out shopping.