3 Natural and Better Ways to Clean Your Skin Without Soap

The good news, though, is that soap is pretty much unnecessary

Yep. You don’t need to use conventional soaps in your daily hygiene routine.

All you absolutely need, bare bones, to stay clean is water. Just water.

Water does a fine job of rinsing away dirt without stripping vital oils from your skin. Also, avoid those luxurious long, hot showers. Just a few minutes under the spray is enough to rinse away a day’s accumulation of dirt, and any longer might dry your skin.


You can choose to use a mild cleanser on your armpits and genitals if you’re super concerned, but unless you’ve been sweating heavily or rolling around in literal dirt, don’t worry, you won’t stink (but if you really need sleep, we’ll give tips on finding the best soap below).

1. Try oil cleansing

One option is cleansing oils. Though it may seem counterintuitive to slather your skin in oil to get clean, it’s a much healthier alternative than soaps.

Oil-based cleansers trap dirt and dead skin cells, allowing them to be rinsed without disrupting the oil barrier already in place. One trick to remember is to oil up before entering in the shower. Newer oil-based cleansers are manufactured to produce a light lather when it gets wet that rinses easily without damaging your skin or leaving a residue.

Pro-tip: Consider adding a mat to your shower floor to prevent slips and bruised bottoms — and pride.

2. Brush dead skin cells off

Dry brushing is another effective way to remove dead skin cells and dirt from the surface of your skin, while also promoting the production of healthy oils. Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like: you brush your skin, while dry, with a natural fiber brush.

The movement of the bristles over your skin helps exfoliate and remove dirt. There’s also some evidence that brushing the skin helps to promote lymphatic drainage, thereby serving as a detox not just for your skin but for your whole body.

To try dry brushing at home, you’ll first need a good quality, natural bristle brush, available in the bath aisle at most stores.

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