Brittanie’s Thyme Organic Citrus Facial Cleanser is a USDA certified organic, gluten free, vegan cleanser that offers gentle cleansing while adding and locking in moisture. With no harsh soaps, this cleanser is ideal for both normal and trouble skin.
Why No Soap?
Soap is a harsh surfactant. Surfactants are molecules that are lipophilic, meaning fat-loving, and hydrophilic, meaning water-loving. Because of these properties, surfactants bind to grease and then dissolve in water. This is great when it comes to cleaning your greasy stove. It’s not as great for your face. Surfactants are non-discriminatory and bind to ALL lipids, both good and bad. Where the skin is concerned, this causes a breakdown in the moisture barrier. Water leaves the skin causing it to dry out, while foreign materials can enter the skin leading to possible allergies and irritation.
Vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant. A humectant is a substance used to reduce the loss of moisture. Vegetable glycerin both attracts moisture and locks it into the skin. It also acts to smooth and soften the surface of the skin. The pH of vegetable glycerin closely matches that of human skin, which makes it gentle enough for sensitive skin. It acts as a gentle cleanser without clogging pores allowing the skin to absorb other beneficial ingredients while still protecting from destructive bacteria and helping to regulate oil production.
Aloe is commonly used in skincare because it absorbs easily and helps seal moisture into the skin. It’s mostly water, so it leaves no greasy residue, but the gelatinous nature acts as a glue that makes the top layer of cells stick together to smooth, soften, and lock in moisture. Aloe is also an anti-inflammatory that helps fight acne, prevent dark spots, and slow signs of aging.
Jojoba oil is an oil that is one of the most similar to the skin’s natural oil, sebum. Although it is not an exact replica, jojoba oil is often used in laboratory settings as a replacement for sebum. It contains wax esters and fatty acids that are like sebum, so the skin responds very well to it.
The winner of the 2013 Shecky’s “Beauty at Its Best” award, Organic Citrus Facial cleanser both cleanses the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and moisturized. Carefully selected ingredients work together to nourish, hydrate, and maintain your skin’s natural protective barrier while removing unwanted oils and residues. This facial cleanser will leave your face feeling and looking its absolute best.