The reputation of soaps being overly drying usually overlooks one of its best traits—they're incredibly effective at deep cleansing. A gentle soap can remove oil, dirt, and other irritants that your average gentle cleanser can't. Say you found yourself stuck outside for too long trying to hail a cab, your skin will need the extra lather to feel squeaky clean again. That said, here are 10 face-friendly soaps to pick up for those desperate times:

Sebamed Baby Cleansing Bar

P358, Zalora

Originally formulated for babies, this mild bar is moisturizing and pH-balanced so it won't damage your skin's protective barrier.


Klairs Face Rich Moist Facial Soap

P464, Beautymnl

This soap contains a mixture of argan, almond, and jojoba oil for a non-drying cleanse. It also has calamine, a soothing ingredient perfect for sensitive and irritated skin.


Zenutrients Cooling Cucumber Glycerin Soap

P138, TriNoma

After a full day out in the sun, refresh your skin with this cooling glycerin soap.

PHOTO BY Beautymnl

Hello Gorgeous Purifying Facial Soap

P160, Hello Gorgeous

The tea tree extract and niacinamide in this soap will help you breeze through a bad breakout on your face and body.

PHOTO BY Hello Gorgeous

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar

P504, Watsons

Those with dry and sensitive skin need thorough washing, too, and this cult-fave bar can give you exactly that.

PHOTO BY Cetaphil

Some by Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Bar Soap

P900, Beautymnl

It's rare to see exfoliating acids, niacinamide, and tea tree in one product, but this soap has all three. Basically, it claims to cleanse, exfoliate, and treat blemishes in one step—a perfect match for acne-prone skin.

PHOTO BY Some by Mi

Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar



Unlike most detoxifying soaps, this bar is free of sulfates that can dry out your skin. It has mineral-rich deep sea mud that exfoliates, glycerin that holds moisture, and palm oil that balances your oil levels.

PHOTO BY Sephora

Sisley Soapless Facial Cleansing Bar

P3,800, Rustan's

Sisley formulated this soap-free cleanser so you can reap all the cleansing benefits of soap sans the uncomfortable, tight feeling. Recommended for combination to oily skin, it promises to eliminate excess sebum and tighten pores overtime.

PHOTO BY Rustans

Lush Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap

Greenbelt 3

The pale pink hue of this soap is due to the high concentration of calamine powder, which can calm down even the most troubled and sensitive skin.


Wild Ferns Manuka Honey Pure and Gentle Soap

P429, Beauty Bar

The rich lather and calming fragrance of this antibacterial soap is the best way to cap off your nightly routine.

PHOTO BY Wild Ferns

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