Natural Facial Cleansers: The oil-based method

Skincare Research

It's time to talk facial cleansers.

We often get asked which soap to use on our face, and the truth is that we don't have a dedicated 'facial soap' in our line because, although the soap is gentle, it is still soap, which carries a higher ph than is desirable than what we might look for in a facial cleanser.

The face requires some special treatment, of which there are several options, but two stand out to us among the rest:

hydrophilic oil cleansers and gentle, SLS-free cleansers (typically coconut-based and used in baby products as well).

First up, you see the trend in oil cleansers and want to give that a try, but you might be thinking It seems a little paradoxical in nature to slather one's face with an oil-based product, particularly if the skin is oily to begin with, right? Well, the science behind it explains why this type of facial cleanser can in fact work well for all skin types, oily included. It really does come down to simple science, provided you choose the right one.

Emulsified oil cleansers are the cleansers we are discussing here.

Hydrophilic means ‘water loving’ so it is able to be emulsified and washed away with water, and it does not leave an oil film on your skin. "The hydrophobic hydrocarbons (or the oil end) are repelled by water, but are attracted to oil and grease. The hydrophilic (or the water end) of the same molecule means that one end of the molecule will be attracted to water, while the other side is binding to oil." At the same time it does not disrupt the natural oil barrier of your skin.

Note that this type of cleanser is an EMULSIFIED cleanser that should turn a milky white once lathered, not the straight oils you may have heard about. If you are placing straight oils on your face and expecting them to rinse off with water, there is another lesson as to why oil and water don't mix, but that will have to come later:)

So, what if you prefer a super gentle cleanser with a lot of research behind it? 

The gentle detergent-based cleansers are mildly foaming, provide a nice mild cleansing and mild conditioning benefit, and show a lower level of irritation than SLS-based cleansers. These cleansers are better for more sensitive types and may also contain botanical extracts.

Which one will you choose?

The nice part about skincare is that you have choices, but it should all be based on education, and also a little trial and error. To keep up with our series and stay up-to-date as we release our facial skincare line, be sure to create a customer account using the tab on the homepage or just sign up here: 


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