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The Evolution of Soap

Tradition and modernity in a single product

Soaps are essential, not only for the hygiene they provide or the aroma they contain, but for their revitalizing and hydrating qualities. Today made from aloe vera, algae, chocolate, honey, oats and other exotic ingredients, it is the oldest and most daily cleaning product.

It was the first cleaning product more than 4.500 years ago, and is the most widely used today. Glycerin soaps are composed of alcohol, glycerin and sugar that give it its characteristic creamy texture. In its elaboration, sodium salts of animal or vegetable origin are used.

Recently, a new unexplored market has been opened in its manufacture. Numerous cosmetic lines, labs, and craft soap stores are beginning to expand their market due to the proliferation of surprising new products, such as bath bombs. In addition, the use of ingredients and techniques until recently unknown has been extended, such as aromatherapy, increasingly used in the elaboration of the classic pill and shower gels.

The paradox of using soap is that, despite being made up of fats, it can reduce skin fat by up to 50%. The dermis does not become rough because it increases its ability to obtain water. It is what is known as a moisturizing effect, which causes the soft and smooth appearance of it.

SOPHISTICATED SOAPS

Market trends are to offer specific soaps for each skin type or need. So we will see oatmeal soaps with honey or sugar, chocolate, colored soaps for chromotherapy, etc.

Regenerating aloe. Recently, the use of gelatin extracted from the aloe vera plant has spread, whose studies have shown its regenerative capacity on the skin, in addition to calming irritations and burns and providing the dermis with an extra dose of vitamins.

Cocoa on the skin. Chocolate soap is one of the varieties on the rise, due to its slimming properties. Cocoa powder is used to hydrate, as well as eliminate toxins and firm the skin. But not only that, cocoa gives us a greater feeling of mental well-being because it increases the production of endorphins.

Tea foam. Different varieties of tea soap (red, white and green) are used as a skin tonic. Topical application of green tea extract helps prevent sunburn and skin cancer, in addition to providing a large number of antioxidants and a large amount of vitamins and minerals.

Seaweed. Other fashionable soaps are those made with seaweed, which exfoliates and cleanses the skin, revitalizing and nourishing, causing a refreshing sensation.

BEWARE OF THE FACE

Specialists warn that when body soaps are used indiscriminately on the face, they can obstruct oxygenation of the pores, causing acne, loss of moisture or dryness. For their part, facial soaps sanitize and help fight the bacteria that cause acne, without irritating the skin; neutralizing oil, eliminating shine and balancing the skin's PH.

Skin cleansing should be done at least twice a day, using appropriate soaps for each skin type: at night, to remove agents from the environment and, in the morning, to finish off the fat produced during the night and so refresh your face to start a new day with encouragement.

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