Cleansing the face is an important step in keeping healthy and vibrant looking skin. Excessive oils, environmental pollution, and toxic chemicals can build up to form a layer of grime that damages your skin’s health and detracts from your entire appearance.
Here is why we believe most liquid cleansers are better than bar soaps for facial cleansing.
Your Skin Is pH Balanced
The greatest difference between the two forms of cleansers is the pH, or measure of acidity in each product. Your skin tends to have a pH close to 5.5 which is slightly acidic. When the pH raises and the skin becomes alkaline, the normal barrier of your skin is disrupted. This breaks down the natural skin protection which keeps out toxins and holds in necessary moisture.
Bar Soaps Are Not pH Adjusted
The process of making a bar soap leads to a more alkaline product by nature. Most bars have a pH of 8 or 9 which is very alkaline. In contrast, cleansers are not subject to the same process of saponification. They are more easily pH adjusted to match that of your skin.
Most Bar Soaps Have Irritating Fragrances
While there are exceptions, most bar soaps contain harsh fragrances to enhance the natural odor of the soap. Many fragrances can be the most sensitizing and irritating chemicals for the skin. Mild redness and irritation can result from excessive use of bar soaps.
Cleansers Don’t Strip Away Natural Barriers
Although cleansers contain ingredients that wash away excessive oils and contamination, they are much milder than bar soaps. The goal of cleansers is to effectively wash away contamination while leaving the protective lipids alone. Many cleansers, like our Restorative Cleanser, contain essential vitamins, oils, and phospholipids to restore protective barriers while removing the excessive lipids.
Although there are many different types of cleansers to choose from, we believe they are better than bar soaps for aging and acne prone skin. As we are being exposed to pollutants and environmental damage, the cleansing process is increasingly a crucial step in restoring healthy and clear looking skin.
Do bar soaps tend to dry out your skin? Have you tried one that hasn’t?