I'll be the first to admit - I used to use bar soap on my face. I did it before I became an
esthetician and knew any better, because it was easy to just use the same thing for everything in the shower. My skin became super dry eventually, so I slathered on moisturizer, not knowing that my cleansing process was probably causing the dryness.
If you're like me, you need compelling reasons to change your routine. So, if you are a bar soap user like I was, and you need convincing, read on!
You may say to yourself, no Brooke, I use Dove / shea butter soap / olive oil soap / goats milk soap / bar soap derived from the center of the fountain of youth, so it's OK..... I'm here to tell you that if it's bar soap, it doesn't matter what's in it - you shouldn't use it for your face.
Here are 3 important reasons why:
1. Bar Soap often contains artificial fragrances and/or dyes.
Artificial fragrances can be irritating, especially for sensitive skin types. Aritificial dyes are known to be toxic, and potentially cancer-causing. Read labels and avoid chemical colors like Blue 1, Green 3, FD&C Yellow 6, etc - for any product you are putting on your skin on a daily basis!
2. Bar Soaps have an alkaline PH, which is not ideal for your face.
The saponification process, which involves the conversion of fats or oils into bar soap, is by its very nature, alkalizing. The alkalizing agents that are necessary for making bar soap overrides any potentially beneficial oils, milks, or butters in the soap. Our skin is naturally more acidic - the acidic nature of our skin is what protects us against foreign skin invaders such as bacteria, pollutants, etc. So, we want to protect that acid barrier - using an alkaline bar soap will disrupt the skin's PH balance, stripping the skin of its natural oils, resulting in dryness and irritation. Often, the skin on our bodies can take this alkaline condition, but the skin on our face is thinner and more fragile. This is why you want a specialized liquid cleanser for your face, which are specifically made to be slightly acidic.
3. Starting your skincare routine with Bar Soap negates the benefits of anything else you use afterwards.
Using Bar Soap can damage and dry out the outer protective layer of skin, leading to accentuated wrinkles, larger looking pores, inflammation, and can stimulate your skin to over-produce oil (think adult acne!). See #2 for the explanation of why this happens. You probably have invested in some sort of moisturizer, serums, eye creams, etc. Why would you want to negate the positive effects of these products by starting your skincare routine with something that damages your skin? Your cleanser is your first step in skincare and lays the foundation for the efficacy of everything else you put on afterwards.
At Reverie, we LOVE our Rhonda Allison cleansers. A good cleanser will not only remove makeup and the grime and oils from the day, but protects and infuses your skin with beneficial nutrients, hydrators, and antioxidants. Rhonda Allison cleansers (and all products) are free of artificial fragrances and dyes, and all preservatives are essential oils, plant-derived, and free from toxins.
Cleansers In Stock at Reverie:
Pumpkin Cleanser with Lactic Acid - Pumpkin has a high content of vitamin A and beta carotene,
two potent antioxidant ingredients. Combined with natural surface lipid reducers and essential
oils, this natural, all-purpose daily cleanser not only provides a wonderful pumpkin spice aroma, but is gentle enough for ultra sensitive skin while providing a deep pore cleanse. Great for normal to dry skin types, with lactic acid to lightly exfoliate and impart hydration.
Foaming Peptide Cleanser with Probiotics - An all-natural probiotic milk cleanser that may be used for many skin types, giving skin a gentle, but thorough cleanse. Rosacea, sensitive skin, sun burned, adolescent acne, aged and thin skin will love its soothing effects. With natural milk, foaming peptides and yogurt extract, Foaming Peptide Cleanser dissolves surface residues, yet is mild enough to use post peel.
Beta Green Tea Cleanser with Salicylic Acid - This all-purpose foamy wash cleanses and freshens skin thoroughly, reduces surface oils, and gently enhances the cleansing of problematic skin. The balance of salicylic acid and heart of green tea form an effective blend while the synergy of Beta Green Tea Cleanser provides a deep pore cleanse making it great for sensitive, acneic, and rosacea-prone skin.
Skin Brightening Cleanser with Kojic Acid - This is the perfect all-purpose cleanser for anyone prone to pigment concerns. When added to a brightening home care program, Skin Brightening Cleanser will continue to enhance the results after any professional treatment. An excellent daily wash for pre and post laser to address pigment concerns. The Kojic acid and daisy flower extract in this cleanser help to inhibit the production of melanin in the skin, for an overall brightening effect.