Soap or Shower gel? How to make your choice.

The soap is great from removing the oil, debris and dirt and can be apply onto the skin very easily. If you sweat a lot, bar soap is best for you especially if you are an athlete. 

When it comes to buying a body cleanser, it can be a daunting task. The choice between the soap and shower gel is not exactly rocket science, however there are many pros and cons for both products which you need to know; which of the products are good for your skin type and result in healthy looking skin. The right ingredient in soap or shower gel can help you get balanced and soft dewy skin.


The bar soaps are made by combining the liquid fats with alkali, saponification. Liquid soap is made similarly by using potassium hydroxide. The ingredients has changed and the rule of the thumb is that the soap is less cured if it’s sudsier. There is a little difference in the products. Superfatting is the process there liquid fats are being added after the saponification process. This enables the lather which is known to moisturize and smoothen the skin. The soaps are then added to the sorbitol and glycerin. If there is a product specifying ‘anti-bacterial’, triclosan is being added that prevent the growth of fungus and also diminish the bacteria.


Shower gel consists of a foaming ingredient such as sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), water and betains. SLS have become a hot topic since more people are preferring foam maker rather than sudsy formula. The U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Toxicology Program and International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared the SLS are non-carcinogenic, that it may irritate the skin with redness if not washed properly. Always go for SLS-free shower gels especially if you are sensitive.


The soap is great from removing the oil, debris and dirt and can be apply onto the skin very easily. If you sweat a lot, bar soap is best for you especially if you are an athlete. The best soaps are Natural Bar soaps because they purify skin effectively with added benefits of odor busting. Doctors recommend Sebamed Cleansing bar for sensitive skins because it is filled with amino acids, lecithin and vitamins to make the skin supple.

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If your skin in super sensitive or you might have eczema prone skin, then it is best to use the natural shower gels. Shower gels are water based and hence it is great to have beneficial moisturizers in the gel. They are being enriched with ingredients that promotes soothing and calming of the skin. Fresh Citron de Vigne shower gel consists of Vitamins E and C. Similarly the National Eczema Association recommends the non-soap cleansers such as Cetaphil Restoraderm Body Wash. It is ideal for itchy skin subjects.

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Some people are allowed to use the both soap and shower gel. You can change it climate wise. In the winters, the skin of people becomes dry and damaged, it preferred to use the shower gel, however during oilier skin in hot weather, shift to bar soap during the summers.


About Author

Balf Lee

I am a Mechanical Engineer in an offshore pedestal crane manufacturing company. I like to travel, blogging, engineering design, coding for Excel Macros and many many things. I used to be a Blogspot blogger for 3 years, and now, is my first self-hosted English site, with different platform. I am really excited about it. :)  

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