It seems to have been stigmatized by society that bathing without a lot of foam seems less “clean”. Do you agree Sereni-Trees? Moreover, generally soap with minimal foam has a little “slippery” feeling even after we rinse it off. Although in fact, this can happen because there is a moisturizing content of the soap. So, actually it all comes back to each preference, right?
In this article, we will explore more about the world of soaps and their relationship with foam! For those of you who are interested and curious, let’s look further!
The Foam Maker, SLS
Did you know, Sereni-Trees, one of the chemical ingredients in soap that produces lather is SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This compound falls under the category of surfactants, which means it has the ability to lower the surface tension of water, thus allowing oily substances and water to mix better.
In the context of soap, SLS acts as a powerful foaming agent, creating a dense lather that helps in cleansing the skin. The way SLS works is by breaking down surface oils and impurities, so that they can be rinsed away with water and leave behind clean skin!
Actually, not only in soaps, SLS can also be found in products such as toothpaste, shampoo, detergent, and more. This is because of its ability to produce a rich lather and clean effectively.
However, chemicals always have their own side effects and risks. What are they?
Risks of SLS Use
Although SLS is a very effective cleaning agent, there are some potential hazards associated with its use. People with sensitive skin or certain skin problems may experience irritation and dryness after using products containing SLS. This substance has the potential to strip the skin of its natural oils. Whereas natural oils are a natural protective layer!
With that said, some of the risks of short and long term use of SLS are as follows:
- Irritation & Dry Skin
These substances can strip the natural oils from the skin, causing dryness, redness, and sometimes even rashes or itching.
These compounds are considered potential carcinogens and can have negative health effects such as causing skin cancer.
- Environmental Impact
The manufacturing process of SLS involves chemical reactions that can generate hazardous waste. In addition, SLS residues that enter wastewater can negatively impact the aquatic environment.
- Potential Effects on Hormones
Some studies suggest that repeated exposure to SLS may affect the balance of certain hormones in the human body, although more research is needed to fully understand its impact.
- Impact on the Respiratory System
Dust or vapor from SLS can cause irritation to the respiratory tract, especially for people prone to respiratory problems.
It turns out there are quite a lot of risks! Not to mention that not only our own health but the surrounding organisms and environment can also feel the impact. What if we try alternative materials that are more environmentally friendly and healthy?
Natural Alternatives to SLS
Take it easy, Serenitree Squad! We can still shower with a lot of foaming soap with minimal risk. There are various choices of natural alternatives that are certainly safe for health and the environment! Here, Serenitree will spill some alternative natural ingredients, one of which we also use for Serenitree Body Wash!
- Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a plant known for its healing properties on the skin. Aloe vera gel contains natural compounds that can cleanse and soothe the skin without causing irritation.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a natural ingredient rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. It can be used as a natural foaming agent in personal care products, providing a gentle cleansing effect and nourishing the skin. Serenitree Body Wash has coconut oil as one of its natural ingredients!
Glycerin is a natural substance that is a well-known humectant, which means it can attract and lock moisture into the skin. This makes glycerin a good ingredient for soaps that not only cleanse, but also to keep the skin moisturized.
- Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is a natural ingredient that is similar to the natural oils produced by human skin. Its use can help maintain the skin’s natural balance without causing dryness or irritation.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil contains many antioxidants and nutrients that are good for the skin. Its use in skincare products can provide a cleansing and moisturizing effect.
After all, there are still many natural alternatives that we can use without having to risk negative risks in the future. Now we just need to start slowly switching to products with natural ingredients that are safe for all users and the ecosystem. That way, we can help keep our environment healthy and our skin healthy too!
Does More Foam Equals Cleaner Skin?
After exploring the facts related to the use of foaming soap and soap with less lather, we can conclude that the amount of lather in soap is not always the main indicator of cleanliness. While foaming soaps tend to give the impression of more intensive cleaning, this does not mean that products with less lather are less effective at cleaning.
This is clear from the fact that lather is a side effect of foaming agents, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), which we can find in many conventional soaps. While SLS can create abundant lather, its use can also lead to the risk of skin irritation.
Instead, natural alternatives such as foaming agents made from coconut oil, aloe vera, or other natural ingredients, may produce less lather, but provide gentle and natural cleansing results without compromising skin health.
Thus, soap selection should not only be based on the quantity of lather produced but also consider the ingredient composition and suitability to the skin type. The use of SLS-free soap, with natural and safe ingredients, can provide a gentler cleansing experience and maintain long-term skin health. Therefore, skin hygiene and health can be maintained without having to sacrifice comfort.
Sereni-trees, are you interested in trying soap with natural foam? You can really try Serenitree Body Wash! There are 2 variants, CALMING and BRIGHTENING with natural ingredients, one of which is coconut oil as a natural foaming agent!
Choose a healthier option starting now!