One factor that we often overlook when shopping for cleansers is the pH balance. It may seem negligible, but it’s actually an important consideration. Did you know that habitually using a facial wash that has a high pH level (7 and above) can cause disruption to your skin’s acid mantle, a thin layer that acts as a barrier and protects your skin from “invading organisms”, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin? If you want to make the switch, here are 10 low pH cleansers that you can buy in Singapore.
innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser
While most low pH cleansers come in gel or milk form, they could also have a creamy texture like innisfree’s Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser (SGD8.50). This budget-friendly pick has a “moist formula” that rebalances the skin’s pH level and leaves it moisturised and soft to the touch. It also doesn’t hurt that the facial wash’s blueberry scent gives a refreshing feel.
Eucerin pH 5 Wash Lotion
Eucerin pH5 Wash Lotion (SGD11.80) is a multitasking low pH cleanser that you can use both on your face and body. It promises to thoroughly clean your skin using only non-drying “extra mild surfactants” that won’t disrupt its pH balance. A no-frills, simple formula that works!
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
The COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (SGD12.66) is famed for its ability to deliver a balancing act. Its formula works gently on the skin but is tough on dirt and effectively washes away any impurities with each wash. At the same time, it contains tea tree oil and salicylic acid that have antibacterial properties to help prevent breakouts.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Dubbed “the cleanser for all skin”, the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (SGD 15.30) features a skin-friendly soap-free formulation that cleanses skin without stripping away its natural protective oils. It’s also known as a waterless cleansing option; you can just rub the creamy product onto the skin and wipe it off with a towel — perfect for busy days or when you’re travelling.
THEFACESHOP Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser
Got sensitive skin? You might want to try THEFACESHOP’s Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser. This low-irritant gel formula has a pH level that’s similar to the skin and contains skin-loving ingredients like Phytosphingosine (strengthens the skin barrier), Moroheiya (ensures moisture retention) and Birch tree sap (for soothing any redness).
LANEIGE Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser
If you adored LANEIGE’s famous Cream Skin Refiner, then you’ll also love the LANEIGE Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser (SGD34.40). It uses non-emulsifying hydrating milk oil to cleanse off dirt and dead skin cells. It has soothing Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract and Limnanthes Alba(Meadowfoam) Seed Oil to promote clear, moisturised skin.
Drunk Elephant Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
Not a fan of fragrance and essential oils in your cleanser? Go for the Drunk Elephant Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. (SGD46) This gentle jelly cleanser is made without SLS and other possible irritants but can efficiently remove dirt and grime just as well as cleansers that do thanks to its mild dissolving emollients that you can easily rinse off. If you’re feeling extra tight and dry, you can add a drop of Marula Oil to this cleanser to make it even more hydrating.
SKIN INC Pure Serum Infused O2 Cleanser
Claiming the title of the “world's first one-step Oxy-Bubble-to-Cream foaming double cleanser”, the SKIN INC Pure Serum Infused O2 Cleanser (SGD48) is perfect for those who are into skinimalism. While a usual double-cleansing routine involves two products (an oil cleanser and a water-based one), this innovative product does the job of both. The formula begins as a “gel” and transforms into a cream that melts away any impurities. Two for the price of one!
ALPHA-H Balancing Cleanser With Aloe Vera
The ALPHA-H Balancing Cleanser With Aloe Vera (SGD57) is a vegan multitasking cleanser option that can serve as an eye makeup remover, face wash and toner. It is rich in vitamin E (for neutralising free radicals) and Aloe Vera (for moisturising skin). All work together to nourish your skin from inside and out.
Fresh Soy Cleanser
Get a clean slate without any dryness with Fresh Soy Cleanser (SGD63). This cleanser doesn’t just refresh your skin but also functions as a makeup remover thanks to amino acid-rich soy proteins that can melt away even your mascara — all without dehydrating your skin.