I have been using a local soap powder brand for doing my laundry until my sister in-law recommended using Surf. It seemed good when I was doing hand wash (I usually handwash my clothes). When I finished, my hands' skin felt smooth but stiff. After some time, my skin started to chap. I'm very picky with soap detergents and Surf does not really work well with me. I'm switching back to my local soap powder.