At present, it is difficult to know what is good for health and certainly in terms of hygiene. The ads claim to have found the ultimate recipe to smell the flowers and candy while several researchers advise not to use these products. Studies have already shown that daily showers with soap and shampoo do more harm than good.

The traditional dish soap does not only dirt but also the protective layer of the skin, weakening the immune system. “When you take a shower every day, the skin weakens and becomes more susceptible to fungal infections. As the skin becomes dehydrated. It is important not to exaggerate with the soap” explains Marleen Finoulst, editor of Bodytalk.

Medical use

As for the antibacterial soap, it ensures that the skin does not recognize the difference between good and bad bacteria. Finoulst: “In daily hygiene, it should absolutely no antibacterial soap It is intended only as a medical use for surgeons who must for example disinfect before an operation.”. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the functioning of antibacterial gels for almost forty years and in late 2013, it led to a surprising conclusion. According to her, there was no evidence that soap effectively prevents the spread of pathogens. FDA doubt even their safety because triclosan, a chemical substance present in many of these products which could immunize pathogens to antibiotics.

According to the teaching and research institute Smithsonian, triclosan is present in 75% of liquid soaps and 30% of the pieces of soap. Following these results, the US government has even decided that soap producers must demonstrate that their products are not harmful to consumer health, and from 2016. If they can not, the product will simply be removed from rays.


Even if one lives in a world where fear of germs seems to reign supreme, there are bacteria that are key to our health, as those that help us digest our food for example. They protect us, so to speak against “intruders”. Marleen Finoulst also stresses the importance of natural bacteria. “We need it, simply. If washed, it will be much more vulnerable to infection.”

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report that reveals the rebels bacterial infections at any treatment increase following the widespread use of antibacterial soap. Some standard virus managed to mutate and it became very difficult to fight them. In other words, the bacteria become accustomed to the soap, so that it has no effect.

Detoxification Symptoms

But what we can still do? How should we wash? “It is especially important not to exaggerate. With soap every day from head to toe is really not necessary. If you like taking showers, do not hesitate to skip the soap a few days a week and only wash with water. ” By cons, it is unnecessary to completely banish the soap and shampoo. “This is the other extreme is absolutely useless. As with anything, we must use soap sparingly.”

Marleen Finoulst believes that the history of “hair and skin brighter than ever after a fat-free period shampoo and soap” is a myth. “How long is this fat period expected to last? A week? A few months? What the scalp starts to scratch after a few days without shampoo unrelated detoxification effects. These are simply dirt that s accumulate on the scalp and which remain adhered to it. ” Marleen Finoulst advises to wash your hair twice a week. (MVM)