With its recent popularity, aromatherapy soaps which contain extracts of essential oils are fast flying off the shelves. However, there are certain things that you should keep in mind before switching over to these soaps.
First of all, always remember that soap should not be directly applied to the skin. It should be mixed with water and the lather produced should be applied on the body. Extra care has to be taken while cleaning areas which are susceptible to perspiration or itching.
Soaps containing jojoba and sunflower oil, extracts of chamomile, jasmine and ylang-ylang are said to promote a sense of relaxation. So it’s always a good idea to opt for these if you are intent upon relaxing with a shower at the end of the day. Even though essential oils are known for their soothing qualities, be careful of the side-effects of each oil before you begin using the soap.
If you have dry skin then natural soaps that contain aloe vera, cocoa butter and avocado oils are best to choose from. Avoid cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, patchouli and rose. People with oily skin should ideally use antibacterial soaps or type-specific face cleansers. Soaps containing lavender, chamomile and thyme are very effective for oily skin as they hydrate and clean at the same time. On the other hand, bergamot, sage, frankincense, geranium, lemongrass and peppermint could prove to increase pimples and acne in people with already oily skin.
If your skin is very sensitive and prone to infections then medicated soaps are best to prevent and treat skin infections. Soaps that contain vitamin E and jojoba oil are good for skin diseases like ichthyosis, eczema and psoriasis and are even known to cure these over time....