Is Your Facial Cleansing Routine Causing More Harm Than Good?

What’s In Your Soap?

Overzealous face washing, can actually cause more harm than good. Constant washing with products designed to combat oiliness can strip skin of its own natural oils and compromise its barrier. This can set you up for irritation and derma-dehydration, especially if those products contain salicylic acid.

Avoid cleansers that contain harsh surfactants, which rid skin of too much oil and leave it unnaturally dry. Read the labels. Some common surfactants, also known as detergents, include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS).

Instead, look for gentler cleansing agents, which may be derived from coconut oil (Sodium Cocoate), olive oil (Sodium Olivate) and shea butter (Sodium Shea Butterate), among others. The following table lists vegetable oils commonly used in natural and handmade soap. These oils are gentle on the skin. The common name is what we all know them to be. The INCI Term is the scientific name and the Saponified INCI Term is what you’ll likely see on product labels. It is the name given once the vegetable has saponfied (converted to soap when combined with sodium hydroxide).

Gentle Vegetable Oils

Common Name INCI Term Saponified INCI Term
Almond Oil Prunus dulcis Sodium Almondate
Apricot Kernel Oil Prunus Armeniaca Sodium Apricot Kernelate
Avocado Oil Persea Gratissima Sodium Avocadate
Carrot Oil Daucus carota (carrot) root
Castor Oil Ricinus Communis Sodium Ricinoleate
Cocoa Butter Theobroma Cacao Sodium Cocoa Butterate
Coconut Oil Cocos Nucifera Sodium Cocoate
Hemp Seed Oil Cannabis Sativa
Jojoba Seed Oil Simmondsia Chinensis Sodium Jojobate
Mango Butter Mangifera Indica Sodium Mango Butterate
Olive Oil Olea Europaea Fruit Oil Sodium Olivate
Palm Oil Elaeis Guineensis Sodium Palmate
Palm Kernel Oil Elaeis Guineensis Sodium Palm Kernelate
Rice Bran Oil Oryza sativa Sodium Ricate
Rose Hip Seed Oil Rosa rubiginosa
Safflower Oil Carthamus tinctorius Sodium Safflowerate
Sesame Oil Sesamum indicum Sodium Sesamate
Shea Butter Butyrospermum Parkii Sodium Shea Butterate
Soybean Oil Glycine soya Sodium Soybeanate
Sunflower Oil Helianthus annuus Sodium Sunflowerate
Sweet Almond Oil Prunus amygdalus dulcis Sodium Almondate
Walnut Oil Juglans Regia Sodium Walnutate
Wheat Germ Oil Triticum Vulgare Sodium Wheatgermate

Is Scrubbing Necessary?

Fine pumice and apricot shells found in many products, are too abrasive for facial skin; and products with those little blue micro beads are just plain ole useless! Not only that, they are mainly made out of polyethylene (PE) and environmentally unfriendly plastic that is causing serious damage to marine life and an imbalance to our eco-system.
Scrubs are not really necessary if you employ an all-natural skin care routine because natural products lend to soft, youthful skin. According to Sandy Johnson, MD & board-certified dermatologist with Johnson Dermatology Group ,”When you scrub your face, you’re taking off some of the natural protective oils and barriers, which tends to lead to rashes, and even sunburn.” Instead, use a gentle, chemical-free cleanser followed by a natural moisturizer according to your skin’s needs. Facial skin is delicate and it hardly needs scrubbing at all. Save the rough stuff for your feet! When customers ask if we make facial scrub, I tell them, I just don’t believe there is a real need for one.
In fact, here are 3 things you absolutely do not NEED:
Commercial Make Up Remover. Use olive oil or coconut oil. They contain NO chemicals and your skin will be softer and balanced without the use of chemicals and artificial fragrance oil.

Commercial Facial Scrubs. Simply unnecessary but if you must, mix a teaspoon of baking soda with your preferred cleanser (hopefully our soap) and gently scrub into your skin with a thin wash cloth, then rinse. Follow with an alcohol free hydrosol (coming soon) and a light moisturizer. It’s good for balancing your skin, it cleanses, it’s safe, effective, economical and eco-friendly.

Commercial Facial “Washes”. Many of them are too harsh and contain surfactants, synthetic fragrance, micro-beads, artificial colors & other weird ingredients. If you have normal skin, you can actually cleanse your face quite nicely with warm water, a cotton cloth and coconut, olive or castor oil. I personally use soap on my face just once per day in winter (more in summer). To remove stubborn eye make up, I use BODYTRUTH brand Shea butter.

Stay tuned for discussion about how to achieve perfect skin from the inside out! Join the conversation by commenting below. We want you to share your facial routine with the community. What works for some, doesn’t work for all so the more you all share, the more people we can help to achieve happy, healthy skin!