Skin Care April 30, 2016

How Do Soap Free and Oil Free Cleansers Work?

Woman cleansing skin

The skin care industry has skyrocketed and there are more options and formulations available now than ever before.  Recently, there’s been an increase in soap-free and oil-free cleansers hitting the market and it’s leaving a lot of consumers wondering what that really means…and how they really work.  With all the “__-free” products, it can be overwhelming to make an actual purchasing decision in today’s world.  How do we know what we need a product free of?  Or what we actually need?  It’s a confusing market, but we’re here to break things down so you don’t feel as overwhelmed.

What is a Soap-Free Cleanser and How Does it Work?
Soap is made of up natural oils and/or fats with a combination of an alkaline solution (like sodium hydroxide).  So, soap free means the product doesn’t have this combination of products in it.  Often times the soap is replaced with a detergent chemical.  There’s no hard evidence to show whether soap or soap-free products work better, both offer the lathering ability that cleansers are known to provide.  So essentially the soap free cleansers work the same way soap based cleansers work.  You’re able to remove excess dirt and oil upon use with both of them.  One major difference is manufacturers are able to add more other attributes to soap-free products that they aren’t necessarily able to add to products that contain soap.  It’s just free of soap!

What is an Oil-Free Cleanser and How Does it Work?
Since we know soap is made of natural oils and/or fats, if you’re looking at an oil-free formula the product is going to be made without the use of oils.  These types of cleansers are typically appealing to those that have oily skin.  Oil-free cleansers work in that they don’t add oil, or strip oil completely from a person’s skin (which can cause your skin to produce even more, when stripped of it completely).  They help people with oily skin have a nice balance in their skin, but still work and function like a cleanser needs to and should.

No matter what type of cleanser you’re considering, it’s especially important to consider what your personal skin type is.  Purchasing a cleanser based on skin type will help you yield the results you’re looking for.  You also want to be sure you’re purchasing a cleanser that’s gentle enough not to strip your skin of its oil completely, but will also make sure to cleanse out the dirt and oils your skin doesn’t need and you’ve accumulated through environmental factors throughout the day.

Once you’ve considered your skin type and what your skin needs, it’s wise to do a bit of research to find a product that’s going to best flatter and satisfy your skin.  Since your skin is the largest organ in your body, it’s not something you want to be stingy with.  Making investments in your skin care can help you in the long run, when your skin stays healthy and happy for years to come!

So what do you think about soap-free and oil-free products?  Will you try them, or have you already?

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