Natural soap is great for your skin
Most common soaps you buy at your supermarket or pharmacy will contain chemicals of one kind or another. The most common ingredients we see used in soaps and shower gels that are of a chemical nature are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).
These chemical surfactants are specifically designed to remove grease and oil from skin. The problem is that your skin needs a specific type of grease to tie its skin cells together and stop water from evaporating out of your skin. When you use these chemical surfactants on your skin, they are aggressive and can remove your natural grease and leave your skin dry because they have essentially created lots of gaps in your skin for water to get out and bacteria to get in.
The reason chemical surfactants were introduced into soap making was during World War II, when most of the world was rationing, oils and fats were in short supply and prioritised for food. Chemical surfactants were used in soaps instead as they were cheaper and could replace the rationed oils and fats. When you wash with a natural soap, they are a lot milder than the chemical version of soap. Also because of the way soap is produced they naturally contain glycerin, which is extremely moisturising and actively works by drawing moisture towards it from the environment around it. Glycerin is the key reason natural soap is better than chemically formulated soap. This is because the natural soap will wash away dirt and bacteria from your skin, but once it has done that it leaves a layer of moisturising glycerin behind to draw moisture towards your skin. This is one of the main reasons why to use natural soap. It is gentle on your skin, it doesn’t remove natural grease that stops water from evaporating out of your skin, and leaves a moisturising layer of glycerin behind to actively draw moisture towards your skin.