Do you have dry skin that requires special care? If so, you probably know that It’s important to choose a soap that not only cleanses but also helps protect and moisturize your skin.
Fortunately, there are several natural ingredients that can help with this, including safflower oil, shea butter, and castor oil — ingredients that are naturally-sourced as well as naturally vegan. Let’s get into how to pick a soap that’s right for you, and why these three ingredients are important to look for when selecting a go-to soap bar.
What to look for when shopping for dry skin
When looking for bar soap to help combat dry skin, it's important to look for soaps that contain ingredients that will provide moisture and nourishment. For those who prefer vegan products, there are several vegan soap options available that are specifically designed for dry skin, such as bar soaps enriched with shea butter, safflower oil, castor oil, aloe vera, coconut oil, and other plant-based ingredients. Additionally, many bar soaps that are made with natural ingredients such as oats and honey can also be beneficial for dry skin. Be sure to check the labels on all of your soaps to ensure that they are free from harsh chemicals and irritants.
Safflower Oil for Dry Skin
Safflower oil is a nourishing oil derived from the seeds of the safflower plant. It is often used in soaps for dry skin due to its moisturizing and protective properties. Safflower oil contains high levels of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that helps to form a protective barrier on the skin. This helps to lock in moisture and prevent water loss, making it ideal for those with dry skin.
Safflower oil also contains antioxidants that help to repair damage caused by environmental factors such as sun exposure and pollution. Its combination of moisturizing and protective qualities make it an excellent choice for soaps specifically formulated for daily use on dry skin. Cleansing bars like the “Bathhouse” Spirulina or the “529” Turmeric are rich with plant oils like safflower oil to naturally purify without stripping your skin dry.
Shea Butter & Oil for Dry Skin
A favorite among the skin-savvy, shea butter is a naturally occurring fat found in the nut of the Karite tree. It's extracted and processed for use in a variety of products, such as lotions, creams, and soaps, popular for its moisturizing properties. It helps to seal in moisture, protect the skin from environmental elements, and reduce inflammation. This makes it an ideal ingredient for soap for dry skin.
As an added bonus, shea butter is 100% vegan, which makes it great for those looking for a natural, cruelty-free bar soap for dry skin. It is important to note that while shea butter is a great moisturizer and protective ingredient, it will be most effective when used regularly. For those with dry skin, looking for shea butter or oil in your soap is a great way to ensure your skin is getting the nutrients it needs. The “Don’t Think” Activated Charcoal Cleansing Bar combines activated charcoal and shea butter for deep exfoliation and moisture.
Castor Oil for Dry Skin
Castor oil is derived from the castor bean and has been used for centuries as a healing remedy. It is unique from other oils used in soaps because it is extremely high in ricinoleic acid, which makes it highly moisturizing and protective for skin.
The oil is also known to be effective in protecting skin from the harsh elements, and has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it effective in relieving redness and irritation due to dryness. The ricinoleic acid content in castor oil also helps to replenish the skin's natural oils and provides long-lasting hydration. Castor oil is also a great ingredient for bath soaps meant for sensitive skin. The “Room 621” Red Clay Cleansing Bar is infused with castor oil, shea butter, and safflower oils for mild exfoliation that is perfect for dry and sensitive skin.
Build a Redoux Soap Bundle for Your Dry Skin
Looking for a luxury soap that can help with your dry or sensitive skin? Redoux NYC curates all natural cleansing bars with nostalgic scents that help exfoliate and moisturize your skin.
Can’t pick one? Build Your Cleansing Bar Trio with three soaps of your choice or enjoy some self care with the Weekday Ritual Set that comes with the Turmeric Botanical Bar and “529” candle. To learn more about our mood enhancing scents or our natural ingredients, browse our shop or read our story.