Most cleansing products contain a surfactant, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES). The addition of surfactants helps break down the dirt and oil and remove them during the rinse process.

However, while removing the dirt and oil, surfactants tend to strip away the skin’s essential moisture barrier, resulting in drying out the skin. Also, products containing SLS and/or SLES are sometimes contaminated with a carcinogen called 1,4-dioxane. While this last fact may be minor because the carcinogen is at trace levels, it is still a little disturbing. 

Carcinogens aside, surfactants also strip your skin and scalp of their protective barriers, which we need for protection. As a result, surfactants are also known irritants as they can remain on the top layer of skin. 

All Restorsea cleansers, PRO Foaming Cleanser and Reviving Cleanser, are FREE of surfactants. This means that they safely and effectively remove dirt and oils without stripping the skin of its essential protective barrier. While all Restorsea products are anchored by our proprietary ingredient, Aquabeautine XL®, our cleansers are special because they also contain the Songyi mushroom, a natural extract which is known for its skin brightening properties. The Songyi mushroom is effective because it doesn’t have to sit on the skin for very long for it to work. This is what makes it ideal as an active cleanser ingredient. If you use any of our cleansers every day twice a day, after 8 weeks, you will see brighter, glowing skin.

I invite you to try our cleansers and email me at with your feedback.