Facial Soap 101

One of the most essential beauty regimens is washing our face, and soap is vital to maintaining the skin to stay clean, healthy and fresh complexion. Although as important as soap on our skincare routine, as you know there are many kinds of soap are being produced and advertised. Most of us don't understand what cleanser that works best for our skin type and sometimes we can get lost in so many wide varieties of products in the market to chose from.

I have a fantastic Dermatologist, and she explained to me how important to understand our skin type and use the proper facial cleanser that works best for our skin. Facial soap can help us tremendously in keeping our skin healthy and moisturized, but if you use the wrong type of cleanser it will lead to unhealthy skin resulting in dryness and irritation, so Let's learn the basic varieties of soap, and we can choose the right type of cleanser for us:

1. Gel Wash

This type of soap works best for OILY SKIN. Look for a cleanser that has salicylic acid, remember oily skin does not mean moisturized skin. People with oily or acne prone skin often time they tried hard to eliminate the access oil by over cleanses or using a harsh chemical product making their skin more vulnerable which can cause the epidermis to overcompensate to the dryness by producing more oil. So here the solution, try to moisturize your skin just enough by using a gently ingredients that won't hurt and over dry your skin.

My product recommendation:

1. Neutrogena Acne Proofing Salicylic Acid

2. Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

3. Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser

2. Facial Scrub

Best for ALL SKIN TYPE, It exfoliating particles slough away dirt, blackheads, and flakiness from your skin also help in a cleansing skin and eliminate impurities. Look for natural exfoliants, like oatmeal and sugar, or ones that easily dissolve, something like Jojoba Easter, coconut oil, and Shea butter are great products to add on your facial scrub formula. Although some products stated that is suitable for everyday uses but, for sensitive skin, this could lead to more problem such breaking out and skin rashes. And also, by over scrub, you could remove the protective barrier that skin has so it is best only to do it ones or two times a week.

Products recommendation:

1. Lancome Exfoliating Rose Scrub

2. Fresh Sugar Polish

3. Baxter of California Facial Scrub

3. Foam Wash

Is best for ALL SKIN TYPE, has rich lather that gently cleanses and refreshes skin without irritating. Although this Foam Wash is not as strong as other kinds of soap and not the best type for removing waterproof makeup is because it contains more water and less ingredients in the formula.

Products recommendation:

1. Kiehl's Deep Cleansing Foam

2. Olay Total Effect Revitalizing Foam Cleanser

3. CeraVe Foaming Cleanser

4. Clinique Rinse=Off Foam Cleanser

4. Cream Cleanser

This type of cleanser is best for NORMAL TO DRY SKIN type. The Cream Cleanser is riches formula that has a high level of oil, butter, emollient and other oil product that aim to moisturize your face while it's clean. This type a cleanser will not over dry your skin. For Dry skin look for a product that contains Stearic acid ( if you have normal skin type stay out of this ingredients because it could be irritated or over dry your skin) also look for these ingredients especially if you have dry skin, coconut oil or flower oil can tremendously help moisturize dry skin. And some other things to look for on the components are Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide, and Glycerin. These three ingredients are the best for cleanses, hydrate and help restore the protective skin barrier.

Products recommendation:

1. Olay Total Effects Nourishing Cream Cleanser

2. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Cream Cleanser

3. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

5. Cleansing Oil

Best for ALL SKIN TYPE, it cleans your skin without over-drying and moisturizes while gently lifts waterproof makeup and leaving soft, silky and give the skin the dewy effect. The downside is Mineral oil based can easily clog pores if not clean thoroughly. Look for an ingredient like Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Olive Oil.

Products recommendation:

1. Simple Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil

2. Origins Modern Friction Cleansing Oil

3. Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil

6. Face Wipes

These wipes are all for ALL SKIN TYPE. Is strong enough to take away excess oil, dirt, debris, and waterproof makeup while leaving skin smooth and fresh. Very convenience, is easy to take this everywhere you go, put in in your purse, bedside table, so it's easily within reach and to clean your face when you need it. But it shouldn't be your primary cleanser since the surface of the wipes won't cleanse pores, it will leave your pores to clog if you use this as your only face cleaner. So this should be an alternative cleanser, look for fragrance and alcohol-free. And if you want to add moisturizer try to add your favorite facial oil, such a few drops of Argan Oil for normal skin type, Marula Oil for dry skin, Maracuja Oil for oily skin type.

Products recommended:

1. Olay Daily Facial Hydrating Cleansing Cloth

2. Simple For Sensitive Skin Face Cleansing Wipes

3. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

7. Micellar Cleansing Water

What is Micellar water? This is cleaning skincare that just becomes popular recently and works best on sensitive skin, and this cleansing water is suitable to works for any skin type. The formula is made of micelles which are tiny round balls of oil molecules float on the water. Micellar water is a skincare product that cleanses your skin without the need for rinsing. One of most convenience facial cleanser which is easy for you to carry around everywhere you go, especially to the place that hard to find water. Strong enough to remove oil, dirt, and waterproof makeup without drying your skin. Unlike a micellar toner, water does not contain Alcohol so is gentle enough for sensitive skin and to clean around the eyes area. And the best part, you can use this as your primary skin cleaner product.

How to use it: soak a cotton ball with this product and sweep it across your whole face, and leave it dry. No rinse need it.

My recommendation:

1. DIOR Hydra Life Cleansing Micellar Water

2. Lancome Bi-Facil Bi-Phased Micellar Water

3. Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water

4. L'Oriel Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser

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Thank you so much for reading, did you use the right soap for your face?

Much Love,


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