Do you remember the cleansers you used when you were a teenager that made your skin tingle? It was a sure sign that the product was meant for your exact skin and was doing a great job.
The tingle actually comes from a combination of chemicals such as camphor and menthol. It has a cooling effect on your skin and makes your skin, well, tingle.
Both camphor and menthol are found in many different products. You’ll find camphor in everything from medicinal cooling gels to bug repellent to ingredients in food. It’s not to be ingesting in large quantities and use must be limited to avoid negative side effects.
Menthol is an organic compound that is found in lip balms, chest rubs, and in things like menthol cigarettes.
So, do you think the menthol and camphor are the active ingredients that are cleaning your skin? Or, do you think that they simply add an extra effect that we’ve learned to associate with an effective cleanser?