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I get dry hands a lot from all sorts - dust, cold etc. I thought washing them even more than usual was causing the dry skin. However, we started using bar soap a week or so ago and my hands have gradually recovered. A few days ago, we went back to using the stuff in a bottle again and once again, my skin is drying out.

This could just be coincidence but it looks like using bar soap is better if you are experiencing dry hands. Also, let's face it - all the claims of moisturising and antibacterial properties on liquid soaps are mostly marketing. It's worth a try if you're suffering anyway because your hands will be just as clean.

Dennab
2 months ago
What do you think of this?
Lynibis
Lynibis2 months ago

I have been using dettol bar soap and so far no problem. I didn't even know they made soap until this crisis. Tbh I haven't been washing my hands any more than i deem normal, (handling food, loo etc) because, once again Dennab, my rationale tells me that after 4 weeks at home, seeing no one, having nothing delivered, what reason is there for me to overdo it.

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Dennab
Dennab
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2 months ago

Lynibis It sounds like you have it about right. I've found myself washing hands after touching food packets that have been in the house for a week so probably have nothing alive on them yet my mind is telling me they do.

I'd forgotten how good bar soap is until this. It's amazing how we've been so easily led by marketing over the years, no matter how much I've personally tried not to be.

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ukheather
ukheather2 months ago

quite a lot of bottled hand soap has alcohol in, could be why you’re experiencing dryness maybe

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Dennab
Dennab
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2 months ago

I didn't know that! Checking now..............

WOW. There are more chemicals in that than an oil refinery.

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ukheather
ukheather2 months ago

Dennab yep! Many of the cheaper ones (and some more expensive ones) have alcohol in which can dry hands a lot.

The chemicals can’t help with it either.

glad you found relief using the bar soap

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Dennab
Dennab
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2 months ago

ukheather Thanks. It's that Aldi copy of Baylis and Harding. We became obsessed with the stuff mainly due to the smell which is weirdly addictive. Petrol smells nice to some people though and I wouldn't go pouring that over my hands.

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees2 months ago

Dove liquid soap is nice, and there are a few other creamy types that feel better for the skin too. Struggling to find any soap at the moment though - luckily have a bit of a stash from a deal a while ago (before all this started) but it's not the kind to skin type.

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Dennab
Dennab
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2 months ago

MeestairChrees What is people's obsession with buying soap still? They had it in stock at my local supermarket but it's still being bought in bulk. I get people are washing their hands more but even if it was let's say double the amount being used, that doesn't explain my some morons still appear to be buying 10 bottles of the stuff when they do a normal food shop.

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees2 months ago

Dennab no idea. Might be the same mentality as when people were first bulk buying toilet paper for no reason.

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SuzJ
SuzJ2 months ago

I actually might try, I'm suffering terribly from chapped hands at the moment - even pre-Covid. I think I wash my hands too much. All the obvious reasons - loo breaks, changing the baby but before, during and after food prep, every time I feed the cats and a zillion other reasons in between. They're in a horrendous state. :-(

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Dennab
Dennab
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2 months ago

It's worth a try. My hands aren't perfect but definitely better when I have been using bog standard Cussons bar soap compared to stuff from a bottle. Don't forget to sing Happy Birthday while washing! 😀

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lilyflower
lilyflower2 months ago

Apparently a bar of soap will last longer if 'bought and stored' for a few months before use as it 'hardens' and therefore last longer when brought into use. I've found that the good quality bar soap I use in the bathroom last a long time compared to that the OH uses. We use a antibacterial bar in the kitchen.

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Dennab
Dennab
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2 months ago

Top tip! That said, we had some soap that had been sitting around for years and it seemed to turn into mush more easily than the newer one. Maybe it was the other stuff in it!

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Johnny
Johnny2 months ago

It's all about the ph of the soap. Many are extremely alkaline, whether they are bars or liquid soap.

What you need is soap with a low ph value, like these, that are kinder to your skin.

  • AHAVA Soaps, pH 5.5
  • Sebamed Cleansing Bar & Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Bar, pH 5.5
  • Avène, Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar With Cold Cream, pH 5.5
  • Vanicream bar soap, pH 5.5
  • Gallinée Cleansing Bar, pH 5.8
  • Drunk Elephant JuJu bar, pH 6.34
  • Drunk Elephant Pekee bar, pH 6.51
  • Embryolisse Gentle Dermatological Cleansing Bar, pH 6-7
  • Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleansing Bar, pH 6-7.5
  • Dove Beauty bar, pH 7

Source: (that explains all about it) www.honestyforyourskin.co.uk/ph-of-soap/

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Dennab
Dennab
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2 months ago

You can't argue with science. Thanks for that.

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