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.
Why does pH balance matter?
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? It's important that your skin cleansers are formulated with a pH level of 5.5 or as close to it as possible.
If you want to make the switch, here are 12 low pH cleansers that you can buy in Singapore.
1. 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. This budget-friendly pick has a “moist formula” that rebalances the skin’s pH level and leaves it moisturised and soft to the touch.
Another reason to love it: It also doesn’t hurt that the facial wash’s blueberry scent gives a refreshing feel.
It's priced at SGD8.50 per 100ML on the brand's website.
2. Eucerin pH 5 Wash Lotion
The Eucerin pH5 Wash Lotion 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!
Another reason to love it: In addition to the mild surfactants, the cleanser has pH5 Citrate Buffer and that help protect the skin's enzyme activity and keep the skin barrier healthy.
It's priced at SGD11.80 per 400ML at Guardian.
3. COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
The COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser 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.
Another reason to love it: It contains tea tree oil and salicylic acid that have antibacterial properties to help prevent breakouts.
It's priced at SGD12.66 per 150ML at Watsons.
4. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Dubbed “the cleanser for all skin”, the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 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.
Another reason to love it: The cleanser now contains hydrating glycerin and skin essential vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and pro-vitamin B5 (panthenol) in its new formula.
It's priced at SGD 16.95 per 250ML at Guardian.
5. 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 which strengthens the skin barrier and Moroheiya which ensures moisture retention.
Another reason to love it: If you have redness-prone skin, it's formulated with Birch tree sap that's known for being incredibly soothing to any redness.
It's priced at SGD20 per 150ML on the brand's website.
6. 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. It uses non-emulsifying hydrating milk oil to cleanse off dirt and dead skin cells.
Another reason to love it: It has soothing Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract and Limnanthes Alba(Meadowfoam) Seed Oil to promote clear, moisturised skin.
It's priced at SGD34.40 per 200ML at Sephora.
7. 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. 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.
Another reason to love it: 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.
It's priced at SGD46 per 150ML at Sephora.
8. 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 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!
Another reason to love it: It's formulated with eight natural extracts and hypoallergenic ingredients like centella asiatica, reishi and salix alba that have anti-inflammatory benefits.
It's priced at SGD48 per 30ML at Sephora.
9. ALPHA-H Balancing Cleanser With Aloe Vera
The ALPHA-H Balancing Cleanser With Aloe Vera is a vegan multitasking cleanser option that can serve as an eye makeup remover, face wash and toner.
Another reason to love it: 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.
It's priced at SGD57 per 185ML at Sephora.
10. Fresh Soy Cleanser
Get a clean slate without any dryness with Fresh Soy Cleanser. 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.
Another reason to love it: It's also infused with cucumber extract and aloe vera to calm and soothe the skin.
It's priced at SGD63 per 150ML at Fresh boutiques and Sephora.
11. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel
If you have oily and acne-prone skin, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is a good pH-balanced cleanser. It removes impurities and excess sebum that can cause breakouts with its gentle cleansing ingredients.
Another reason to love it: It's a foaming formula, so you still get the deeply cleansing feeling without stripping your skin of moisture.
It's priced at SGD36.90 per 200ML at Lazada.
12. TWO L(I)PS Rinse Gentle Prebiotic Cleanser
This pH-balancing cleanser contains plant-based prebiotics that rebalance the skin's microbiome. It also has lactic acid to help refine skin texture and plump up its appearance.
Another reason to love it: It can also be used on your vulva so the skin down there is soft, hydrated, and smooth too.
It's priced at SGD59.99 per 200ML on the brand's website.
13. Pyungkal Yul Low pH Pore Deep Cleansing Foam
This K-beauty cleanser has soft and mildly acidic bubbles that deeply cleanse your pores from excess sebum and skin waste.
Another reason to love it: It has fine cleansing particles that gently clean the skin without stripping off moisture.
It's priced at SGD4.2 per 40ML and SGD10.6 per 100ML on hush.sg.
14. Tatcha The Rice Wash Cleanser
Willing to splurge a little on your cleanser? This Tatcha facial cleanser is pH-neutral and has a creamy lather that creates a gentle yet luxurious skincare experience.
Another reason to love it: It has skin-softening rice powder, moisture-replenishing Okinawa algae and hyaluronic acid, and barrier-protecting ceramides to pamper your skin.
It's priced at SGD58 per 120ML at Sephora.
15. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro pH Foam Facial Cleanser
Low-pH cleansers can also come in gel textures, like this one from Dr. Jart+. The gel lathers into a gentle mousse-like foam with water, helping to cleanse the skin while balancing its pH level at the same time.
Another reason to love it: Its surfactant (foaming agent) is made from coconuts, which reduces chances of irritation.
It's priced at SGD8 per 30ML and SGD29 per 120ML at Sephora.
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