About two weeks ago, I made a facial product for cleansing. Even though this may be wrong, I had always just used the same bar soap for my face and body but no more!! Bar soaps generally have a pH of about 8 which can be quite high and especially disruptive to the acid mantle of the sensitive facial skin with irritations and dryness being a couple of adverse reactions. I am a huge advocate for
the oil cleansing method and have prepared an oil based cream cleanser (another post) but I find that the cleansing process can take a bit longer than I would like, and I always have to switch up my formula. I also decided to formulate a surfactant based cleanser to work better with my facial brush.
Anyhoos, for this formulation, I used Distilled water, surfactant, glycerite, natural silicon, herbal tinctures, preservative and essential oils. I was careful to limit total essential oil weight to 1 % in order to comply with dermal limits for the inclusion of essential oils in facial care products. I chose to include tea tree and lavender essential oils for their acne bursting (tea tree), astrigent (tea tree) and soothing properties (lavender). I used my pineapple glycerite from my previous post for moisturising, fragrant and humectant properties. AHAs were added for pH adjustment and gentle exfoliation; while I included some natural silicon for its skin softening and film forming properties . In my next formulation though, I may leave out the silicon because this is a rinse out product and although it gave the cleanser a luxurious feel, it would be of better use in a leave – on formulation.
The final pH of the cleanser is around 5.5 (using a universal pH strip) which is great for maintaining the acid mantle while still retaining its cleansing ability and foam. My face felt very clean but still moisturised after use, I am quite happy with this product and will formulate this again (maybe without the silicon). I will continue to use this cleanser especially with my facial brush, to combine physical and chemical exfoliation.
Do you prefer a cream or surfactant based cleanser for your facial skin? What are your experiences with both? Have you tried formulating your own cleanser?
Let me know!