Best Soap for Dry Skin
It’s time to discover the bar soap that can alleviate your dry skin troubles. Every day, folks across the country are making the switch to our goat milk soaps. We find the primary reason to be because we don't use any chemicals, GMO oils, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, or fillers. Instead, we offer all-natural products that will soothe dry, irritated skin rather than exacerbate painful symptoms.
We’ve put a lot of time and care into developing products that truly nurture the skin. The goat milk in our products is raw, unprocessed milk that is full of skin nourishing properties. We know it works because we developed it for and use it on our own family. We are committed to soothing dry skin!
Goat’s milk is amazing for dry skin because it’s full of vitamins, minerals, and proteins that repair dry skin and deliver an extra boost of nourishment. This beneficial ingredient has a pH level similar to the human body, allowing it to be easily absorbed. Below we’ve outline some causes of dry skin as well as simple steps to help you get back to healthy, balanced skin.
Caring for Dry Skin
The natural oils produced by your skin create a moisture barrier that is designed to protect and hydrate. We use soaps, lotions, scrubs, and serums to encourage this process and keep our skin looking healthy. Yet most commercial skincare products contain alcohols, synthetic fragrances, and other chemicals that strip the skin of these beneficial oils. This leaves the skin dry, irritated, and unbalanced.
Chemicals in commercial soaps and other skincare products aren’t the only causes of dry skin. Let’s review the main reasons your skin may be dry.
What Causes Dry, Irritated Skin?
There are many culprits responsible for dry skin. It’s important to identify your skin type and what factors may affect it. Dry and irritated skin is caused by some things we can control, and others we can’t. The following list will help you identify some of the root causes of dry skin.
Weather conditions can be responsible for the lack of moisture in your skin. When temperatures drop, so does humidity. This creates dry, winter air that can rob your skin of moisture. With cold weather comes indoor heating which can also contribute to overall dryness. But even in the summer season when humidity is at its highest, the hot sun can cause dehydration and sunburn. Both extreme conditions can leave your skin red, irritated, and flaky.
Whether you prefer the cold mountain air or the heat of the beach, staying hydrated is the key to having soft, hydrated skin. Your body is 60% - 80% water and suffers in various ways when you fail to drink an adequate amount of water. To ensure your skin stays healthy and bright, make sure you’re drinking enough water every day.
Hot, Steamy Showers
Dryness is the primary reason for itchy and irritated skin. While standing a few extra minutes in a hot, steamy shower can be soothing, it can also be extremely damaging to your skin. If you suffer from dry skin issues, a lukewarm bath or shower is preferable. The facts are simple: the longer you enjoy a steamy hot shower, the more your skin is stripped of its moisture.
Eczema presents as patches of chronically dry, itchy skin. While the causes of eczema are not completely understood, it can be worsened by lotions containing alcohol and other toxic ingredients. These ingredients degrade the skin’s natural oil barrier and reduce its ability to retain water.
Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disorder that produces a buildup of skin cells resulting in scaly skin that’s often red and irritated. Just like eczema, harsh chemicals can worsen the symptoms of psoriasis.
While there is no known cure for either, both eczema and psoriasis are treatable. For lasting results, we recommend ditching traditional products containing alcohol and synthetic fragrances, and switching to more moisturizing and nourishing alternatives made with all-natural ingredients.
Washing with harsh soaps, applying lotions packed with alcohol to our skin, and exfoliating with scrubs that use toxic GMO oil will strip your skin of natural moisture barriers and leave it dry and itchy.
If your skin is oily, it can be tempting to use alcohol-based products on your skin as they often provide an immediate oil-free finish. The irony of using alcohol-based products to control oily skin is that the damage from alcohol can lead to even more skin issues.
When a soap lists “fragrance” as an ingredient, it could contain a cocktail of toxins. These artificial fragrances contain synthetic chemicals and are laden with phthalates which can cause skin rashes, headaches, coughing, and other respiratory irritation.
Sulfates are harsh chemicals used to create bubbles and the soapy lather we all enjoy, but they also remove natural oils from the skin and cause irritation for people with dry or sensitive skin.
Simple Yet Effective Steps Towards Moisturized, Healthy Skin
We know this’s a ton of information and it can feel daunting to embark on a new skincare journey, so we’ve created a simple, moisture-positive routine to help you get results naturally. We outline more details about this in our “How to Step Up Your Moisturizer Routine” blog post, but here’s the main idea:
Step 1: Wash
Begin by choosing a high-quality soap and avoid showering with very hot water. Opt for quality over quantity with the products you choose. The soaps we create at Bend Soap Company are made with high-quality ingredients designed to soothe dry skin and give you back the carefree confidence you deserve. We use fresh goat’s milk, olive oil, red palm oil, coconut oil, and various undiluted, premium essential oils. That’s it! Our best bar soaps for getting dry, irritated skin on the fast track to health include our Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap, Unscented Goat Milk Soap), and Lavender Blossom Goat Milk Soap.
Both the Unscented and Oatmeal & Honey soaps are free of essential oils which make them a perfect choice for those with delicate skin types. We’ve found that too many stimulating essential oils can sometimes be irritating for fragile skin. Our Lavender Blossom Goat Milk Soap, however, is made with calming lavender essential oil to help fight blemishes and contains real lavender buds which help to gently exfoliate the skin.
Do you prefer a long, luxurious soak in the tub? Perhaps you’re looking for an all-natural bubble bath replacement for your kiddos who have dry skin? Whatever the reason, our milk bath is for you. Offering all the same benefits as our bar soaps, our milk bath is simply shredded curls of our goat milk soap. The curls will slowly dissolve when added to warm water and create a soothing, all-natural bubble bath that’s a lifesaver for dry skin.
How to use our milk bath product:
- Add 1-2 handfuls of the milk bath curls to a warm bath and watch the water turn a milky white.
- Once in the bath, soak for at least 15-20 minutes.
- Gently rub your skin and allow the goat milk soap to reach all areas of your body.
- And, if you want to see something amazing, turn those jets on. Within a few moments, you will be up to your chin in suds!
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliating the skin allows you to remove your body's dead skin cells to reveal fresher, younger looking skin. You can use a bathroom accessory like our All Natural Loofah Bag or opt for a product like our non-GMO sugar scrub. It works by exfoliating the skin AND replenishing it with rich oils at the same time. The key here is to use a product that contains ingredients that are healthy for your skin to ingest.
Sugar Scrubs from Bend Soap Company
Our collection of sugar scrubs are made using all-natural ingredients. Cane sugar, coconut oil, olive oil, honey, vitamin E oil, and essential oils work with your body to replace dead skin cells with nourishing oils. You can use our sugar scrub over your entire body — on your arms, legs, hands, feet, even on your face — to bring new life to tired, dry skin. Our sugar scrub often leaves your skin so hydrated that you may feel no need to use lotion,but we still suggest that you don’t skip the next step!
Step 3: Moisturize
After bathing or showering, grab your favorite all-natural goat milk lotion. Our natural goat milk lotion is hypoallergenic, gentle, non-greasy, and will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. Your face, hands, and feet are all areas exposed to the elements and can benefit from the added moisture. Liberally apply it to damp skin to lock in hydration. Then, thoroughly massage the lotion into your skin and give it a few extra minutes to dry before getting dressed. Patting the lotion on may be more appropriate for those suffering from eczema or psoriasis. For those who don’t shower every day, note that it’s still important to moisturize certain parts of your body on a daily basis.
Give it a Try!
Taking the time to put in place these three steps into your skincare routine can make a world of a difference. Your dry, itchy skin can transform into skin that’s soft, moisturized, and healthy. With that said, our goat milk soaps and other natural skincare products are not cures for dry skin conditions. Through our own family experiences and those of our customers, we've found that these products can ease and soothe dry skin symptoms better than most big-name brand products available in stores. Our products contain no chemicals, alcohols, synthetic ingredients, dyes, harsh allergens… No junk! Whichever goat milk soap product you choose, you'll be using a clean product packed with vitamins, minerals, and moisturizers. These simple ingredients leave your skin clean, soft, and supple.
Curious? Try it for yourself. Add extra goodies to optimize your experience. Our lotion pump ensures you get the right amount of lotion each time. And our lip butter helps you keep your lips soft, supple, and healthy. We’re confident your skin will love it!