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In this section, we offer you our selection of Face Soaps that are meant to promote a gentle yet effective skin cleansing because they are crafted with rich natural and organic ingredients, like Oriental plant extracts, which, because of their proven skin-rejuvenating and therapeutic properties, can help to improve the skin's condition on top of keeping the skin clean, fresh, and moisture-balanced.
Face Soaps are a typical favorite and perfect partner for skin cleansing. Either in bar or liquid form, they are basically developed with fatty acids that have cleansing properties in water, like Stearic Acid, Oleic Acid, and Myristic Acid, among the others.
Carefully-chosen to match safely with a wide variety of skin cleansing needs without the dryness, these Face Soaps are just perfect to use all-year-round to cleanse away dirt, dead skin cells, and other impurities from the skin.
Tips on Choosing Face Soaps for Your Skinís Daily Cleansing Needs.
Contrary to popular belief that Face Soaps are harsh for use on the facial skin for reasons like they leave the skin tight and dry after every wash, the right choice of Face Soap can actually help to cleanse the skin without the dryness and can even help to address and even correct problem skin condition while they pave the way for an effective skin care regimen.
The top three (3) things that matter when finding a Face Soap that will work best for your skin includes:
Your skin type and your skinís condition.
- Oily Skin. This skin typeís prime need is to get rid of the excess oils plus other impurities on the skin without stripping off the skinís natural moisture. A foaming face soap, which occurs as such because of its rich amount of fatty acids, can offer excellent cleansing benefits, which makes it most helpful for oily skin. Acne-prone can equally benefit from face soaps that have been infused with ingredients that help to protect the skin from acne breakouts, like Coix Seed Extract or Salicylic Acid.
- Dry Skin. Dry skin needs to remove dirt and dead skin cells, among other impurities from the skin and at the same time needs a surge of moisture. A creamy or milky cleanser or face soap can be a good choice for facial cleansing as the proteins in milk or emulsion in cream can help to provide skin with moisture and, therefore, balance the skin cleansing and generally drying effects of soapís basic ingredients, or fatty acids.
- Combination Skin. Gentle face soaps or cleansers would be the most appropriate for the cleansing needs of combination skin, which needs thorough cleansing of the excess oils on the T-zone and mild cleansing on the generally dry, cheek area.
The best match of the basic soap ingredients, i.e., the fatty acids.
While there are several varieties of Face Soaps, and each of which offer different benefits for the skin, and still different methods abound to create them, Face Soaps are basically made of fatty acids, which are found in fats and oils and which have the ability to draw dirt, excess oils, dead skin cells, toxins, and other impurities from the skin so such can be washed away with water. When these fatty acids are neutralized with an alkali, the resultant salt, or product from such chemical reaction, is now what we call as soap.1
The types of fatty acids in soap indicate how well the soap cleanses your skin, how gentle or harsh the soapís cleansing effects are for your skin, including the amount of lather the soap can generate, and, in case of a bar soap, how hard such bar of soap is and how long it can possibly last in your bath or shower.
Among the most popular fatty acids in Face Soaps include:
- Palmitic Acid. This adds hardness to a bar soap and a creamy or stable lather. 1
- Stearic Acid. Sources include beef fat, also known as tallow, herring, sardine, and plant oils, such as cotton, palm kernel, castor beans, rapeseed, soybeans, cocoa butter, and sunflowers. In the United States, almost all Stearic Acid is made from tallow, which makes hard soaps, and coconut oil, although lesser amounts are made from Palm Oil. The other plant sources are more commonly used in third world countries.2
- Oleic Acid. Among other sources, they are found in high quantities in Olive oil. Oleic acid is used to add conditioning properties to bar soaps and liquid soaps, and they also help to harden bar soaps over an eight-week timeframe.3
- Linoleic Acid. Found to be plentiful in sunflower and safflower oils, it helps to boost the moisture-benefits or mildness of a bar, and when used in conjunction with a balance of Oleic Acid can make a good soap.
- Lauric Acid. The main acid in coconut oil and palm kernel oil, it is believed to have anti-microbial properties, helps to create a big fluffy lather in soap, which makes it commonly for lather, and creates a harder bar soap. A high content of Lauric Acid in soap, however, can overly dry the skin.4
- Myristic Acid. Derived from the whole oils and is void of glycerin, it is used to add hardness and lather to sodium-based soaps and to add thickness and lather to liquid soaps without clouding them. A common saturated fatty acid. It also helps in the penetration of the active ingredients and hastens the healing of damaged skin cells.5
Palmitic and Stearic Acids together can help give an indication about how hard a bar of face soap will be, and the harder the bar of soap, the longer it will last in the shower or bath.1
Choose a Face Soap that Works with Your Other Skin Care Products.
The key, or added ingredients in every Face Soap make them unique from the rest, and among these include Salicylic Acid or natural plant extracts. While they also act as key indicators about the added benefits of soap apart from skin cleansing, they also provide a good indication about how well the soap fits your skinís needs and how they can work together and maximize the benefits with your other skin care.
Face Soap to Get Rid of Pore-Clogging Dirt and Blemishes.
KOSE Seikisho Soap is a non-drying face soap in a black bar. Developed with Oriental plant extracts, like Citrus Unshiu, Coix Seed, Angelica, Chamomile, and Licorice, KOSE Seikisho Soap helps to get rid of excess oils, dead skin cells, and other impurities that cause blackheads and acne, promote the repair of damaged skin cells, and help the skin to defy sun damage and premature aging. Created manually to ensure the effectiveness of its rich natural extracts, KOSE Seikisho Soap is a product of the premier Japanese cosmetic giant, KOSE Corporation.
1Fatty Acids and Soap Making. http://www.soap-making-resource.com/fatty-acids-soap-making.html Accessed: July 7, 2011.
2Stearic Acid. http://science.jrank.org/pages/6482/Stearic-Acid.html Accessed: July 7, 2011.
3Ingredients: Oleic Acid. http://www.knicenclean.com/ingredients/oleicacid.html Accessed: July 7, 2011.
4Lisa Chambers. Soapmaking Recipes: What Goes Into A Good One? http://www.ecauldron.net/articles/archives/2006/04/entry_11.php Accessed: July 7, 2011.
5Ingredients: Myristic Acid. http://www.knicenclean.com/ingredients/myristicacid.html Accessed: July 7, 2011.