We all have that one facial cleanser that we practically swear by, especially those amazeballs products that keep your face looking like an enchanting dewy goddess. But while foaming facial cleansers (especially the K-beauty ones!) definitely make the cleaning shindig a whole lot easier, it’s important to note that bar soap is having a major moment right now.
OK, so switching over to facial bar soap may seem like an overhyped millennial beauty fad you may have read and laughed about, but dermatologists and skin care experts are in agreeance that facial bar soap can be just as effective and gentle as a liquid cleanser, especially since most bar soaps tend to contain more natural ingredients.
“Bar soap is a perfectly fine way to cleanse the face,” Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Founder & Director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center, told HelloGiggles. She added:
Unlike the nasty synthetic chemicals found in many liquid facial washes that can be extremely harsh, facial bar soaps are made with cold-pressed oils and can contain a pH level that’s way lower than most liquid washes.
“Foaming agents put into facial cleansers are surfactants and they are very drying to the skin,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman to HelloGiggles. “These ingredients are usually sodium laurel sulfate or ammonium sodium lauryl sulfate. If you have sensitive skin, eczema, or dry skin, you might be better off using bar soap.”
But we won’t try to deny it. The best part about going #teambarsoap is that it’s way more affordable than buying foaming cleanser after foaming cleanser. Most bar soap products tend to be in a reasonable range, allowing you to splurge on those liquid lipsticks you have been eyeing.
“Bar soaps are also much more of a value than liquid soaps,” Tammie Umbel, founder of SheaTerra Organics, told HelloGiggles. “These products not only cost a fraction of the price but they also last several times longer.”
If you are finally starting to warm up to the bar soap trend, we’ve rounded up five different products that work for every skin type.
If you’re one of those lucky peeps who manage to skip out on breakouts and blemishes, we definitely want to know your secret. But despite having no flaws, it’s still important for normal skin types to find a bar soap product that actively cleans your skin without any hangups. For an everyday staple that won’t irritate your face, the Dove White Beauty Bar ($3.08-$6.88) gives normal skin types a hydrating clean, thanks to some added moisturizing cream.
Combination skin can be a royal pain, especially since if your unpredictable skin is dry in some areas and oily in others. However, the Clinique Facial Soap ($13.50) takes care of all your skincare probs, as it gently cleanses bratty skin without stripping any natural oils in the process.
If your skin gets moody over almost everything, the lycopene-rich SkinOwl Tomato Beauty Bar ($24) gently cleanses your face without leaving it a red hot mess. And formulated with bentonite clay and antibacterial tea tree oil, you can expect those gnarly breakouts to stay under control.
If you are tired of breakouts ruining your selfies, the SheaTerra Organics African Black Soap ($8) is a fantastic option for oily (and acne prone!) skin types, as it uses natural African black soap to deep cleanse any dirt and gunk lingering beneath your pores. But you don’t have to worry about this bar drying you skin out, as added shea butter and olive oil prevents your skin from feeling like sandpaper.
Dealing with eczema can be super annoying, but thanks to the LUSH Movis Facial Soap, ($10.95) you can kiss those gnarly rough patches goodbye easily! Also treating your skin to a dope blend of fair trade organic cocoa butter and Vitamin E, this miracle worker nourishes and exfoliates the skin with some yummy whole wheat breadcrumbs.
Ready to give up your expensive facial cleansers in exchange for one of these affordable bar soaps? Trust us, you won’t regret any of these life-saving beauty buys!