A mild facial cleanser

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!

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6 thoughts on “A mild facial cleanser

  1. Satah

    You should try handmade natural soaps. They generally have a ph of 8-10, but because they are made without any acids or additional chemicals and also still retain the natural glycerin created by the process of saponification, they are AMAZING on skin!

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  2. This ph arguement will never end in my opinion until someone like caroline hirons says something and the world stops. But I realised that ph of natural soap comes in at about 8. As soap cures ph drops. Depending on what was USD to formulate it can drop to 7 after weeks of curing..also remmeber the free fatty acids those also help to dissolve oil on the skin. Ordinary water increase skin ph to 8 and soap to 9..so after 20 mins the skin readjusts. I’m still doing my own research and experiments because I’ve found so much conflicting info online even in studies.

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    1. Exactly, I just try to err on the side of caution and by how my skin feels. Some soaps are ‘superfatted’ and keep skin soft but I find that even though it’s a bit softer, it’s still feels stripped. Even just water raises the pH too that’s correct but electrolytes in hydrated skin can help to restore balance. Using a toner can eliminate the issue all together but when I use this face wash, I usually don’t have to use a toner even though I still do.

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