Soap has a tendency of drying out skin. A lot of people choose to do soapmaking because they know exactly what ingredients are going in to the soap. Soapmaking allows you to choose your own ingredients, so you can create a more moisturizing soap than many of the commercial bath soaps that are available at the store.
Taking showers and keeping clean is very important. It is important, not only for our health, but also in our interactions with others around us. If you are constantly using a harsh soap on our skin every time you take a shower or bath, you can imagine how your skin will look after only a few uses.
If you are interested in making a good moisturizing soap there are a few things to remember. First, soapmaking
doesn't always come easily to everyone. Trial and error will help you
figure out the perfect combination of ingredients for you.
It will take time for you to figure out what oils you would like to use. You won't always instantly have a great outcome with your soaps. Be sure to have a realistic expectation that it will take time to master soapmaking.
Most commercial soaps use animal fat in their soaps. Fat is needed to make soap, but vegetable soap is recommended for a milder soap. Vegetable fats create a more moisturizing lather.
Other ingredients can be used in soaps to increase their moisturizing capabilities. Cocoa butter is a favorite to add because of its tremendous moisturizing properties. It retains moisture and really helps keep the skin healthy and soft.
Apricot kernel oil is another favorite. It is used on the driest of skin. Apricot oil is a favorite oil for aromatherapy and massages as well because it is easily absorbed by the skin.
Almond oil, or sweet almond oil, is another great ingredient. Almond oil is full of vitamins that can help with the skin. Almond oil makes skin soft by working to moisturize dry and easily irritated skin.