What are the benefits of using glycerin soap and why do dermatologists recommend it?To understand the answer, we have to go back to how real soap is made. By 'real soap', we mean soap that is made with natural vegetable oils, lye and no added detergents. Most real soap is made with coconut, palm and olive oils. In authentic soap-making, these oils are mixed with sodium hydroxide (or lye). This mix drives a wonderful molecular transformation called saponification - a process by which a fat (i.e. the oils) are converted into soap and glycerin, a vegetable-based oil.
Vegetable glycerin is a powerful 'humectant' - a substance that attracts and retains moisture. When the glycerin is allowed to remain in the soap, it makes a gentle and well balanced soap. When additional glycerin is added during the soapmaking process, it creates a clear, transparent soap that is unsurpassed in its mildness and moisturizing capabilities.
How does glycerin soap differ from the soap I'm buying now?Most commercial soap companies remove the naturally occurring glycerin and use it to make moisturizers, creams and other expensive beauty products. Their soap product is then altered by adding detergents or other chemical compounds that - although cleansing, they strip skin of needed moisture and oils. Ironically, today's large personal care companies today sell detergent soaps that strip your skin, then sell you the moisturizer or cream to replenish it!
So, it's not at all strange that glycerin soap users discover they can skip the expensive moisturizers - because their skin has never felt better! If you have sensitive skin, you may have already heard that dermatologists recommend glycerin soap to their patients for this very reason. It has a silky, low-lather, is gently cleansing and contains no harsh detergents - it's exactly they way soap should be.