I'm always on the lookout for great sulfate-free cleansers, since I consider them one of the most important components of an effective skincare routine.
(That's because sulfates are harsh detergents that can alter your skin's pH, strip its protective barrier and cause sensitivity and dryness.)
But there's something about the way sulfates lather up that makes your skin feel SO CLEAN, am I right?
If you're into that sensation, not to worry—you can still get your foaming action, but in a gentle, sulfate-free formula that won't harm your skin. Even if you're sensitive!
As you may recall, I've been recommending two sulfate-free foaming cleansers for a while now: Consonant's Natural Foaming Face Wash and Caudalie's Instant Foaming Cleanser. But I'm happy to announce I've now got a third suggestion for you, which actually has the best ingredients list of all.
Graydon Face Foam
This cleanser is suitable for every skin type, from sensitive to combination to oily.
Like I said, it contains zero sulfates. And you know what else they left out? Fragrance! The fact that it's completely unscented is another coup for sensitive skin.
Its cleansing power comes from a combination of mild, plant-based surfactants: sodium cocoamphoacetate, lauryl glucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, coco-glucoside and glyceryl oleate.
Also in here:
- Apple cider vinegar, which is anti-microbial and helps remove product build-up.
- Willow bark extract, a gentle, natural form of salicylic acid.
- Bamboo extract, which helps soothe and calm the skin.
This is Face Foam's full ingredients list:
From The Skincare Edit Archives
Ingredients: purified water (aqua), (plant based cleansing agents: sodium cocoamphoacetate, vegetable glycerin, lauryl glucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate), bamboo (bambusa vulgaris), white willow bark (salix alba), apple cider vinegar (malus sylvestris)
Pretty short, huh? I'm always thrilled to see minimal, natural ingredients lists. The more stuff brands put in there, the more potential for an adverse reaction!
Here's how the cleanser dispenses:
Remember that foaming cleansers should be applied to wet skin; massage gently for about 10 seconds before removing with lukewarm water or a steamy soft cloth.
The texture is simply gorgeous:
Super-foamy, creamy and luxurious. I think you'll be impressed!
Also, unlike most mainstream foaming cleansers, it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight after I've rinsed and dried off. However, I'm also careful to follow it up right away with hydration: I always use a face mist, such as Caudalie Grape Water, and then my trusty Consonant HydrExtreme and RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up (or a drop of coconut or jojoba oil, at night).
In the mornings, you could most certainly use this face wash on its own for a light cleanse to start your day.
If you wear makeup, sunscreen or any silicone-based products, I would recommend doing a double cleanse at night—so, using an oil-based cleanser first, before following up with a sulfate-free foam such as Face Foam. That will ensure your skin gets thoroughly clean and ready to best receive your topical treatment products.
Let me know what you think!
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