As you might have already gathered, at Nairian we absolutely love soaps. Our soaps are made by Samvel, our very own scientist, and they are gentle, moisturizing, and beautifully scented. Each one of them is made with a unique blend of oils, some saponified to cleanse, and others unsaponified to moisturize and protect, as well as a variety of nutritious herbs, flower extracts, and essential oils which have their own unique benefits to the skin.
One of our favorite ones is Silk Soap because it’s a solution for rough, dry, and chapped skin. Infused with a collection of nourishing oils and soothing extracts, it was originally crafted as a solution for a child suffering from eczema.
This soap is perfect for the body, and especially for areas affected by irritation. Even so, we wouldn’t recommend the Silk Soap, or any other soap bar, for facial use. This is not because anything is wrong with our soaps – they’re great soaps! But they’re soaps, and soaps are never appropriate for the face. Instead we would direct people towards our cleanser, which is formulated specifically for the face.
Do you know what is pH & how it works? You might have read it in our previous posts, but if you haven’t, pH is a scale of acidity or alkalinity of a water-based solution. The scale goes from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. White vinegar, which is acidic, has a pH of 2.5, whereas baking soda which is alkaline (or basic) has a pH of 9. Water’s pH hovers around 7. The pH of the skin is optimal at just below 5, which means that it is better able to prevent bacteria and other contaminants from penetrating. An acidic skin pH is also associated with healthier, stronger, clearer skin, whereas skin with a pH that is too high is likelier to become inflamed, infected, or irritated.
When people wash their face with a product with too high a pH, it can take up to 14 hours for their skin to go back down to a normal pH. Assuming a person cleanses their skin just once a day, this means that they could spend about half the day with their skin compromised. The problem is that the effects of using a high pH cleanser are cumulative, so over time the skin has a harder time bouncing back.
Most soap bars you will find on the market have a pH of around 9-11. Nairian soap bars all have a pH of around 9. This means that Nairian soaps are more gentle and less disruptive than the average soap. Additional fatty ingredients in them also help restore any oils that are rinsed away, so they shouldn’t dry the skin – but even so, for the face they are just not ideal, especially for acne-prone and sensitive skin types. When used on the body it is still better to follow them up with a moisturizer, and to allow time for the skin’s pH to drop again after washing – this amounts to washing with soap every other day, unless sweating a lot, in which case once a day is fine.
Our cleanser, at a 5.5 pH, has an ideal formulation. We’ve also infused it with Calendula, which is extremely calming and soothing, and Geranium, which has antibacterial properties.
Would you like to see the difference for yourself? We invite anyone interested to drop by at our Christmas event on 4th December 2018. If you’re interested, drop us an email on [email protected] and we will send you the details.