As many of you know, after having followed the advice of Ms. Caroline Hirons foaming cleansers have almost completely gone off the map for me…in general, especially since she said they’re not exactly beneficial for any skin type. I still have one memory however of a foaming cleanser from my teen years which was the first one that made my skin feel completely different from any other. It smoothed it, calmed pores, and made my face feel softer and more supple than I’d ever had it then and didn’t dry out my skin. That was the J&J Ph 5.5 Facial wash for sensitive skin. It was the first product I ever got depressed about when it phased out from supermarkets in the 90s, I think I nearly stamped my foot in the grocery lol. I’ve just used a similar product by La Roche-Posay at someone’s house that brought back those supple memories and when I mentally macro-d in on the label “Ph 5.5” jumped out at me. This made my skin feel exactly the same as J&J Ph5.5 did way back then.
This Toleriane foaming wash by La Roche-Posay (my aunt’s since I’m at her place babysitting) is from their sensitive skin range. I guess if you can’t give up on foaming washes the lesser evil would be to find one with the right PH level for skin, like this one.
“Sans” means the absence of or none, so it’s fragrance free, soap free (SLS I guess is not the soap indicator), preservative free, and paraben free. Plus it has the same Ph 5.5 level as J&J’s range from before
La Roche-Posay Toleriane sort of has a mild but non-offensive smell, a little like Clinique products because they don’t use scent masking ingredients. “Gel Moussants” or foaming gels by professionally approved brands like La Roche-Posay are formulated by top skin people. So if the whole “foaming cleansers are not the best for you” mantra makes you whine and you just can’t deal, try this. My skin didn’t feel tight afterwards, it felt fresh. If I was to make one exception for a foaming cleanser it would be this. Just remember to follow with moisturizer afterwards. Digital Traincase is an online stockist of La Roche-Posay locally, I think they’re on Facebook and Instagram.