The process of cleansing with water and soaps (or detergents) involves removing dirt, secretions of glands, skin cells in the detachment process (due to skin renewal), and the excess of bacteria.
Cleansing is today commonly performed with the help of a liquid or solid detergent containing surfactants that produce foam.
The most used surfactant is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS present in many detergents and shampoos formulations.
Problems with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
This and many other similar surfactants producing foam have the following drawbacks:
- They irritate and dry the skin, therefore causing itching.
- They produce abundant foam that is not easy to rinse causing high water consumption.
- Even after a thorough rinse, traces of surfactant will always remain on the outermost layer of the skin (Stratum Corneum) increasing itching and irritation.
- Some are not biodegradable and pollute the waters.
Consequences of excessive cleansing
Dry skin, scaling (desquamation) and itching (pruritus) is very common and due to two simple reasons:
- Frequent washing
- The use of foaming detergents
Frequent washing has become in modern life almost a necessity, but foaming detergents can be replaced.
MOST Cleansing Cream
MOST Cleansing Project
MOST has developed a product for daily cleansing or make-up removal based on new surfactants that do not generate foam, are easy to rinse and leave no residues on the skin. Moreover, they do not strip or damage the lipids of the skin, the important protective oils that contribute to a healthy skin barrier function.
MOST Cleansing Cream is a non-foaming detergent for everyday cleansing, safe on children, gentle on sensitive and delicate skin, and can be used by subjects with active dermatitis or dry skin.