Wonderbar: 2010 Beauty Gem

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That's right- this little grey bar with its minimalist brown packaging is my first natural beauty hero of 2010! Don't you love when good things come in small packages?

In the few weeks that I've been trying out Wonderbar, I've seen changes in  my skin that support all of the product's promised benefits: overall balance in oily/dry spots; smaller pores; soft, glowy skin and reduced redness and breakouts. Which leaves me wondering, what makes Wonderbar effective where other products are not?

Quite simply, the genius behind Wonderbar seems to be its pH level. The Wonderbar has a pH of around 5.65- a perfect level to maintain the natural acidity of our skin, which has a pH between 4 and 6. What does pH have to do with beautiful skin anyway? Regular bar soaps and cleansers (that commonly rate between 9 and 11 on the pH scale) are likely to make the skin more alkaline-  resulting in an environment suitable for acne-causing (p. acnes) bacteria. Maintaining the skin's natural pH  strengthens its defenses against environmental stressors and keeps away dryness and irritation.

Wonderbar also boasts some notably wondrous ingredients, specifically Chlorey'nahre, an algae extract blend, and Heilmoor clay, a 3,000 year-old therapeutic clay from Austria that detoxifies and heals beyond the skin's surface.

It's important to note that Wonderbar is not a soap. It's essentially a treatment that you apply for a few minutes after cleansing and removing makeup.