You’ve probably been told in the past that cleansing your face with a soap bar is one of the biggest skincare mistakes you can make. This isn’t necessarily incorrect, as many older soap bars were never suitable for use on our faces – especially on sensitive skin.
What is a facial soap bar?
Facial soap bars are generally referred to as cleansing bars. These bars may look like traditional soap bars but are really a solid version of a traditional liquid cleanser or face wash – they’re just redesigned in a way that makes them much more sustainable and low-waste, since they aren’t packaged in plastic bottles.
They’re a great addition to your skincare routine and can be used to remove makeup, as well as to cleanse away dirt and oil. However, as with any skincare product, it’s important that users with sensitive skin ensure that all the ingredients are suitable for them and won’t cause dryness, redness or irritation.
Do cleansing bars contain soap?
Soap usually refers to soap base, a compound of ingredients which isn’t actually present in most soap bars these days. Instead, cleansing bars use popular natural skincare ingredients that are nourishing and kind to your sensitive skin, such are coconut oil and tea tree oil.
Are cleansing bars better for the environment?
Cleansing bars are better for the environment thanks to their solid form, which eliminates the need for wasteful or unnecessary packaging.
The majority of liquid skincare products on the market are packaged in plastic, which plays havoc with the environment. While some brands have made the move towards using glass jars as packaging to reduce their plastic use, glass is heavy and uses more energy to ship and deliver.
Meanwhile, cleansing bars can be wrapped in paper or in cardboard boxes, making their packaging much more environmentally friendly.
Will cleansing bars dry out my skin?
Most cleansing bars are free from ingredients that might dry out the skin, such as sodium salts. However, if your sensitive skin is particularly prone to dry patches, look for a cleansing bar that has moisturising properties.
Shea Butter Cleansing Bar
Featuring a rich blend of fatty acids, our Shea Butter Cleansing Bar is simple, gentle and nourishing – qualities which are perfect for those with sensitive skin. This bar is also created using a formula that is rich in vitamin A, which promotes your skin’s natural moisturising and helps to prevent breakouts. A great choice for those that want to achieve clear, glowing skin.
Cocoa Butter Cleansing Bar
Fragrance free and with zero synthetic ingredients, our Cocoa Butter Cleansing Bar is kind and gentle to sensitive skin. This bar is incredibly simple in its formula, made up of just four all-natural ingredients – cocoa butter, coconut oil, olive oil and aqua.