Posted by: Emily
I suppose, in borrowing from the old anti-drug slogan “no hope in dope,” that I am comparing my old favorite, soap-based cleansers to drugs, but it’s not that far off.
They’re not good for you (harsh soap stripes your face of all natural moisture and healthy oils), they’re not great for the environment (many of these soap cleansers have SLSs), and they’re really hard to quit!
And, like drugs, there’s an awful lot of peer pressure to use soap. Think of all those commercials with the foamy cleansers
those completely-made-up girls are using, trying to look like they’re not wearing any makeup at all, of course, like they just have naturally poreless, perfect skin. And they only ever use the foamy mess on half their faces– have you noticed this? Check out any Neutrogena commercial and you’ll see what I mean. It looks nothing like when the rest of us wash our faces for real– they’re so neat and tidy– but I digress.
So I’m getting clean. I thought I could not live without foaming cleansers to remove my makeup and clean my face, but I have been testing out two non-foaming cleansers lately and I am a convert!
Before I tell you all about them, I do have to make a disclaimer: not all foaming soaps are bad for you or the environment– there are some great exceptions, like Dr. Bronner’s soaps, which foam through the magic of coconut oils and use no synthetic foaming agents. I’ve never tried it on my face, though, and wouldn’t necessary recommend that, though I don’t know why. I just happen to prefer cleansers that are made specifically for the sensitive skin of my face, and perhaps in that way, I am a total marketing target, but I’m okay with that.
Here are the two non-foaming cleansers that have won me over:
I am a big fan of this whole line, and the Organic Facial Wash is my favorite. At $22, it’s a little pricey, but it lasts for a long time, and it really works. It doesn’t foam, but it almost feels like it does– I always peek my eyes open while massaging it into my skin to see if it’s foamy, which it never is, but it feels soft and thorough like my old soap cleansers did. You have to shake it before use because the oils separate, which does not make it high maintenance, in my opinion. I use two pumps and have never had any makeup residue come off on my washcloth when patting dry. And the best part? It doesn’t give me that squeaky-clean over-dry feeling that soap cleansers did. I used to think that was the standard of clean, till I learned that’s actually a bad thing! This cleanser leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean, and a little bit moisturized! It contains many yummy, good-for-you oils.
I have always been skeptical of cleansing milks– I didn’t think they could remove my makeup. However, this is a new product from our beloved Weleda, and you know how I love everything they make, so I had to try it! And it works! I have used it on damp skin and on dry skin, and either way, I massage some into my skin, rinse, and follow with the companion Refining Toner, and it removes my makeup and leaves my skin fresh and clean! I couldn’t believe it, but then again, it is Weleda!
One last disclaimer: Neither of these products takes off my mascara (I know, I know, I’m still using a non-natural waterproof mascara, ugh!) so I do that first with a swipe of Weleda Almond Facial Oil or any Argan Oil, and then these cleansers take off whatever remains.