Why you may want to ditch your body soap

  • The first step to resolving your skin concerns is to cleanse
  • Cleansing removes the daily build-up of oils, impurities and makeup.
  • Cleansing with body soap can be too harsh for your face and can disrupt your skin balance
  • Using a cleanser specific for your skin concerns gives you the benefit of specially formulated ingredients.

You would think that washing with water is good enough for your face. After all, it feels clean enough... right? But to make sure that your skin is really clean, you need to cleanse it.

Why cleanse?
Cleansing is the first step to addressing your skin concerns. It helps to prepare your skin for treatment from the inside, and promotes natural skin processes— cell renewal, moisture retention and pH balance. Cleansing removes the daily build-up of oils, impurities and makeup. The build-up of these elements lead to clogged pores and a slowed-down skin cell renewal process, causing acne, darkened skin and premature aging.

Can I wash my face with soap?
Of course you can! As long as the soaps are specially formulated for facial skincare, they’re good to go. But washing your face with the same old soap you use for your body? That’s a no-go.

Why can’t I use body soap on my face?
The reason it’s such a bad idea has a lot to do with its pH level. Most body soap bars have a high pH level and are more alkaline when compared to skin’s slightly acidic pH level of 4 to 6. The difference in pH levels can be too harsh for facial skin.

Why is it better to use a cleanser than body soap?
Facial cleansers are less drying and when you choose the specific cleanser for your skin concern, you get the added benefit of special ingredients in them. So, if you have dull skin, the Pond’s GenWhite formula would work best for you. Meanwhile, Pimple Clear White would give you the benefit of salicylic acid in the formula, if you have oily and acne-prone skin.

Read more for solutions that can help you deal with oily skin and learn all about the natural skin renewal processes.

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