In the 19th century, people believed that the plague could be transmitted via water and only rubbed their skin down with dry cloths. But times were changing and the first seaside resorts emerged in Cuxhaven and on the island of Norderney. This was the start of the triumph of soap. With the revolution of soap production, its cost decreased considerably, meaning that even the less wealthy could afford it. Today it is impossible to imagine not having soaps, bath products and shower gels as part of daily hygiene. However, their excessive use can do more harm than good to the skin’s natural protective barrier. Once this natural barrier is weakened, irritations and itching can occur more quickly or the skin becomes dry and scaly.
The surfactants contained in rinse-off products remove the lipids, i.e., fats, that are essential for a healthy skin. Without these fats, the skin becomes rough. Our SOFTIGEN® 767 – the water-loving emollient – resolves this problem and offers further useful functions for cosmetic products.