There are so many products available these days to clean your skin with. Many people still use a plain bar of soap, others use a soft soap, a generation ago the thing to do was cleanse with cold cream or Noxema, and then there are all the facial cleansers and exfoliants on the market. How do you know what to use on your face?
First, let’s look at the terms:
- Soap is defined as a salt of a fatty acid. That doesn’t sound appealing but basically it is vegetable or animal fat with an acidic or alkaline component. Soap used to be made by rendering animal fat and then mixing in lye in a concentration low enough not to burn you but high enough to break down soil.
- Detergent is a preparation made from chemical surfactants. Surfactants break up fats and grease and “float them” away on the water molecules. Engine degreasers, dish detergent, and most shampoos fit into that category.
- Cleansers can be anything you use to clean with. This covers scouring powders and gentle green tea preparations.
So what do we want to use on our skin, especially the face? First, avoid bar soap and detergents. Read the label and skip anything with Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. That is a detergent and a known irritant.
Choose something light, with gentle botanical or fruit extracts, and mild enough to use daily. A great example would be our Rose Hip Seed Oil Facial Cleanser. It is mild enough to be used daily and effective enough to help with acne and other blemishes. It is so gentle it is recommended for people with rosacea or other skin irritations.
Remove makeup with a wipe and then wash the face clean with the Rose Hip Seed Oil, finishing with a good overnight moisturizer or peptide cream to fight wrinkles. Your face will love it! Are you ready to start? You can buy our gentle facial cleanser right here!