Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I think I found the holy grail low pH facial cleanser

Sometimes I tend to treat facial cleansers in the same way as I do shampoos.  I used to believe that cleanser weren't really important as long as the follow up products were amazing.  Didn't really care what shampoo I reached for until I introduced WEN's  Fig cleansing conditioner into my routine.  That cleansing conditioner helped set the tone for wash day.  I give WEN a ton of credit for helping my hair maintain it's moisture levels.  In fact, I've struggled a bit with moisture in recent past and the only reason thing that comes to mind is the absence of WEN.

Now that WEN is back in my life, things are good again. And I'm starting to question if my skin is missing out an an amazing cleanser that can set the tone for my healthy skin regimen.  Today, I stumbled upon a brand that immediately caught my attention.  When my eyes landed on the packaging, the 3.0-3.5 pH made me take notice.  We all know by now how much the skin, scalp and hair love acidic products.  Alkaline products bring out skin out of balance making it susceptible to attack.

And when the skin is out of balance, bad things can happen.  Acne is more likely to thrive in an alkaline environment.  That's because the skin's natural defense system is slightly compromised when the pH is above the ideal range.  Healthy skin is acidic.  And most of us are creating the opposite effect when we cleanse.  This study talks about how soap can actually promote the growth of acne on vs. using an acidic syndet (a gentle soap-free cleanser).  Regular use of an acidic cleanser reduced the number of acne lesions in study participants compared to soap.  The article goes on to say that the type of facial cleanser we choose is "crucial."

This is why I have my eyes fixed on Phace Bioactive cleanser.  Not only does it have an amazing pH but it also boasts of it's ability to exfoliate.  And you all know how I feel about exfoliation.  The ingredient list looks yummy.  Take a look:

  • Aqua/Water/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propanediol, Gluconolactone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Bromelain, Panthenol, Lactobacillus/Punica Grantum Fruit Ferment Extract, Thioctic Acid, Bisabolol, Silybum Marianum Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
A short ingredient list is always a good thing.  Did you happen to see probiotics on the list?  We've already learned about the wonderful protective qualities of probiotics in skin care. This cleanser is low pH AND it has antibacterial properties.  What's better than that?   Phace Biotactive also exfoliates with fruit enzymes then nourishes with B vitamins and alpha-lipoic acid.  Milk thistle (silybum marianum) is known to be a powerful detoxifier when taken internally.  But when applied topically, milk thistle may have the ability to protect the skin from UVB damage and free radicals.

This is just the tip of the surface, there are studies that demonstrate the long-term positive or negative effects of using an acidic or alkaline cleanser.  One minute of innocent contact with alkaline cleansers can affect your skin long afterwards.  It all adds up.  Unlike typical cleansers, Phace Bioactive will not foam or strip the skin.  Which makes it perfect for the cooler, dryer months ahead.

 I'm a testament to the wonders of adding acidity to the skin care regimen.  Toning with coconut vinegar has made a huge difference in keeping dermatitis at bay. And my skin thrived when I washed with acid water.  Now, it's about time that my cleanser jumped on this bandwagon.  And Phace Bioactive almost seems too good to be true.  Can't wait to try it.

Here are a few reviews of those who've tried (and loved) Phace.

Verified Buyer

Love it!
Excellent cleanser! My face feels super smooth and clean. I highly recommend it. Leticia

Verified Buyer

LOVE Phace Bioactive
I absolutely love this line of skin care. I will NEVER be without it again. I use this cleanser twice a day and my skin does not dry out but it still feels clean! When i had an issue with an order the founder herself called me. You do not get customer service that good too many places! Great product and great company. 100% worth the price.

Verified Reviewer

The Best!
I bought two of these - one for the shower, and one to keep by my sink. Just because I love it so much! After using it my face is clean and looks fresh. I highly recommend this product.

Verified Reviewer

Favorite cleanser
This is an excellent cleanser. My face feels clean and refreshed after using. I highly recommend it!

A++ Cleanser
My favorite thing about this cleanser is that it cleans and it works as a mask too, if I leave it on longer. My face feels refreshed and super smooth after washing and never dry or tight. Highly recommend.

  1. hi, this looks interesting!

    but i also read this other post and thought of you.

  2. Hi Neo,
    The cleanser she reviewed is chock filled with natural ingredients. I wish it had more skin evening properties to address discoloration. But it still looks like a decent product. Thanks so much for sharing