If you wash your face with regular soap - this post is for you! You may have heard that washing your face with regular soap is bad for your skin, but sometimes it doesn’t fully resonate with you until you understand exactly WHY it’s bad for your skin. So here we go - it all comes down to pH, which is a measure of how acidic or alkaline (basic) something is. A pH of 7 is considered neutral - anything above 7 is basic and anything below 7 is acidic. Our skin’s happy place is a pH between 4.5 and 5.5 - when it’s within this range our skin’s protective barrier is healthy and working properly to protect itself from germs, pollutants, free radicals, etc. If the pH is outside of this range, the protective barrier breaks down and is no longer doing a good job of protecting our skin. Think dry, cracked, irritated, peeling, tight, flaking skin. Now back to soap - regular soaps’ pH usually falls in the 9-10 range (aka: VERY alkaline/basic). Such a drastically high pH is recking serious havoc on the delicate skin on our face. My top recommendations for facial cleansers are Brightening Wash by Revision (gel), Soothing Facial Cleanser by Skin Ceuticals (foaming), or Gentle Cleanser by Skin Ceuticals (cream). For those of you that are adamant about needing a bar of soap, I recommend AHAVA Moisturizing Salt Soap because it’s pH is 5.5 and within a healthy range for the skin on your face. Keep your regular soap off of your face, y’all!