I am fully on team bar soap when it comes to washing your face and body. I know I know, they get a bad rap for being drying, harsh, and just kinda basic—but trust me when I say the hate is super undeserved! In reality, bar soaps are just as good as—if not better than—your average liquid face or body wash. For real. Today’s bar soaps are made with gentle cleansing agents and active ingredients to cater to every skin type and concern—including dry, oily, sensitive, and acne-prone. So if your bar soap knowledge stops at Irish Spring or Dial (no shade, but hello, welcome to 2020), pls allow me to introduce you to these 12 best bar soaps for your face and body below. You won’t be disappointed.
1 Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar
Fact: I’ve been using this gentle, hydrating bar soap from CeraVe as my daily face wash for a few weeks now, and my skin has never looked as soft and dewy. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid (a humectant that draws moisture to the skin) and ceramides (lipids that helps skin retain moisture).
2 Best Giftable Bar Soap Set
Claus Porto Deco Mini Soap Collection
Tis the season to gift your bestie (or yourself) with this chic as hell hand and body bar soap gift set from Claus Porto. It’s filled with nine cutely-packaged and delicious smelling bar soaps that are wrapped in Insta-worthy printed paper.
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3 Best Bar Soap for Sensitive Skin
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Gentle Cleansing Bar
This gentle face and body bar soap is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin since it’s made without irritating ingredients like synthetic fragrances or dyes, drying alcohols, and sulfates. Instead, it uses soothing oatmeal, shea butter, and vitamin E to moi and cleanse your skin.
4 Best Bar Soap for Acne
Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body
If you’re dealing with acne, then this face and body bar soap is the one for you. It’s made with salicylic acid—a BHA that helps dissolve excess oil and build-up in pores—to treat existing breakouts and prevent new ones from popping up too. Use it twice daily as a part of your anti-acne regimen.
5 Best Bar Soap for Oily Skin
Drunk Elephant Pekee Cleansing Bar
Oily skin will love the clarifying benefits of this bar soap from clean beauty brand Drunk Elephant. It uses marula oil, honey, and blueberry extract to remove excess oil and dirt from your pores without stripping your skin. This is key for oily skin because if it becomes dried out or dehydrated, it’ll end up producing even MORE oil. No thanks.