Following my post if we can use body lotion on our face, I thought I’ll disucss on whether we can use our body wash on our face. We know that that it’s generally not advisable but what if you’re using an SLS or SLES free body wash? Doesn’t that make it more gentle and hence, can be used on the face too?
Well, yes, to an extend but even an SLS or SLES-free body wash is still not suitable for the face because it usually contains more surfactants meant to cleanse the skin of dirt and impurities. For the purpose of analysis, let us look at the ingredient list of two products from A’kin – one being a body wash and one being a facial wash.
A’kin Orange Blossom Body Wash
aqua (purified Australian water*), cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine (from coconut), sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (from palm), disodium cocoamphodiacetate (from coconut), sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (from palm), lauryl glucoside (from coconut, palm & glucose), glyceryl laurate (botanical source), sorbitol (from GMO free maize), glycerin (botanical source), sodium citrate (botanical source), sodium gluconate (from GMO free corn), citric acid (botanical source) sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) oil (petigrain), citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, juniperus communis fruit oil, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) oil (neroli), d-limonene, linalool, methyl heptin carbonate (from bergamot oil). BP 2007 standard
In this body wash, you can find five surfactants and they are:
1. Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (from coconut)
2. Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (from palm)
3. Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (from coconut)
4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (from palm)
5. Lauryl Glucoside (from coconut, palm & glucose)
A’kin Sandalwood & Neroli Pure Facial Cleansing Gel
Aqua, disodium cocoamphodiacetate (from coconut), lauryl glucoside (from coconut, palm and glucose), sorbitol (non-GMO), sodium cocoyl glutamate (from coconut and sugarcane), glycerin (botanical source), selerotium gum, sodium isostearoyl lactylate (botanical source), witch hazel extract, glyceryl laurate (botanical source), sodium gluconate(non-GMO), sodium citrate (botanical source), citric acid (botanical source), sodium stearoyl lactylate (botanical source), methyldibromo glutaronitrile, phenoxyethanol, panama bark, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), west Australian sandalwood oil, orange flower water.
In the case of the facial cleanser, you find three surfactants and they are:
1. Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (from coconut)
2. Lauryl Glucoside (from coconut, palm and glucose)
3. Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from coconut and sugarcane)
Extra surfactants will strip the natural lipids from the face
So even though the body wash is SLS and SLES-free, the additional surfactants in it would not be suitable for the skin on the face. If you don’t believe me, you can just try it because I’ve tried it and know for a fact. While my face did not feel dry or taut immediately, the dryness crept in much later.
Most facial cleansers contain extra skin goodies
Additionally, most facial wash are made with extra moisturizing ingredients as well as antioxidant ingredients that are beneficial for the facial skin. Hence, unless you are desperate like you’ve ran out of your facial cleanser, it is best NOT to use your body wash on your face, even if they are SLS or SLES-free. The skin on our body is not quite the same as the skin on our face and while you can use facial products on your body, you may not always use body products on your face.