The reputation of soaps being overly drying usually overlooks one of its best traits—they're incredibly effective at deep cleansing. A gentle soap can remove oil, dirt, and other irritants that your average gentle cleanser can't. Say you went hiking or found yourself stuck outside for too long trying to hail a cab, your skin will need the extra lather to feel squeaky clean again. That said, here are 10 face-friendly soaps to pick up for those desperate times:
SEBAMED Baby Cleansing Bar, P358, Zalora
Originally formulated for babies, this mild bar is moisturizing and pH-balanced so it won't damage your skin's protective barrier.
KLAIRS Face Rich Moist Facial Soap, P464, Beautymnl
This soap contains a mixture of argan, almond, and jojoba oil for a non-drying cleanse. It also has calamine, a soothing ingredient perfect for sensitive and irritated skin.
ZENUTRIENTS Cooling Cucumber Glycerin Soap, P138, TriNoma
After a full day out in the sun, refresh your skin with this cooling glycerin soap.
HELLO GORGEOUS Purifying Facial Soap, P160, Hello Gorgeous
The tea tree extract and niacinamide in this soap will help you breeze through a bad breakout on your face and body.
CETAPHIL Gentle Cleansing Bar, P504, Watsons
Those with dry and sensitive skin need a thorough washing, too, and this cult-fave bar can give you exactly that.
SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Bar Soap, P900, Beautymnl
It's rare to see exfoliating acids, niacinamide, and tea tree in one product, but this soap has all three. Basically, it claims to cleanse, exfoliate, and treat blemishes in one step—a perfect match for acne-prone skin.
ERNO LASZLO Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar, P2050, Sephora.ph
Unlike most detoxifying soaps, this bar is free of sulfates that can dry out your skin. It has mineral-rich deep sea mud that exfoliates, glycerin that holds moisture, and palm oil that balances your oil levels.
SISLEY Soapless Facial Cleansing Bar, P3800, Rustan's
Sisley formulated this soap-free cleanser so you can reap all the cleansing benefits of soap sans the uncomfortable, tight feeling. Recommended for combination to oily skin, it promises to eliminate excess sebum and tighten pores overtime.
LUSH Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap, price unavailable, Greenbelt 3
The pale pink hue of this soap is due to the high concentration of calamine powder, which can calm down even the most troubled and sensitive skin.
WILD FERNS Manuka Honey Pure and Gentle Soap, P429, Beauty Bar
The rich lather and calming fragrance of this antibacterial soap is the best way to cap off your nightly routine.