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Skin Sins: Washing Your Face With Bar Soap

You’ve done it, I’ve done it, we’ve all done it: committed a skin sin at some point in our lives. Hopefully however, your skin sins are in the past and you’ve redeemed yourself through current good skin care practices like a skin-savvy lass or lad.

The skin sin I want to discuss with you today is sadly very common: Washing your face with bar soap.

The following story happened very recently but I am proud to say that it was not me who was the skin sinner this time. I was doing a wedding makeup trial for a prospective client and I usually break the ice by asking what her skin care regimen entails. This particular client replied nonchalantly, “Soap and water.” Soap?! Eek! It was almost like a nail-scratching-the-chalkboard moment—especially to the ears of this esthetician.

My response to that was, “WHAT?! Well you got away with murder, my friend, because your skin looks pretty darn good considering the abuse you’ve inflicted on it.” This lady thought it was perfectly acceptable to strip her skin with a bar soap. Right then and there I wanted to ‘save’ her skin by making a goodie bag filled with Mario Badescu products magically appear, but the least I could do for her at that moment was bring some awareness on her skin sin.

Perhaps some of you commit this same skin sin and you don’t understand why it’s so sinful. Here’s why washing your face with bar soap is so bad:

• Bar soap is formulated for the body, not the face, and our body skin is not the same as our facial skin. You’ve heard of pH, but you probably have no idea what it even means. It stands for ‘potential hydrogen,’ and when skin is healthy, it is pH balanced. Likewise, unhealthy skin is a byproduct of a pH level too high or too low. In this case, using a skin-stripping bar soap renders the pH level of the skin too high, making it alkaline, since the protective lipid barrier of the skin is disrupted. Let me break it down for you a little further: the skin is seriously dehydrated due to moisture loss from the stripping factor of the soap. So this can not only cause dry skin, but also will aggravate skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. Not a pretty picture.

• Most bar soaps, if not all of them, can leave a thin film of residue on your skin. Enough said.

• Cleansers, unlike bar soaps, are formulated to deal with specific skin issues, including sensitivity, excessive oiliness, and acne.

To avoid this skin sin, stop washing your face with bar soap and get back on track by choosing the right cleanser for your skin. We offer a wide range of cleansers that cater to all skin types—from the most sensitive skin type to dry, mature skin.

Author: Lee Ann

I am a Licensed Esthetician and Freelance Professional Makeup Artist based in the Princeton, New Jersey area. My passions are all things beauty and I have an unhealthy obsession for anti-aging. When I'm not writing a plethora of articles, I enjoy indulging in shopping, music, fine dining and catching up on the latest celebrity gossip from the E channel to People Magazine. Email me if you have questions Feel free to visit my Google+ page.