CHOOSING THE RIGHT ORGANIC CLEANSER FOR YOUR SKIN:
We all need to clean our faces, but our skins are all different, and it can be a challenge to know which cleanser is the right option for us.
Why do we choose a cleanser?
The old days of harsh, acidic soap that strips our skin is gone (although there are some lovely, carefully PH balanced cleansing bars that are lovely).
But out of all the options, how do you choose what works for you, and why does it matter so much?
Every day, your skin meets huge amounts of pollution, dirt, free radicals and environmental stressors. Alongside this, we wear makeup, touch our faces throughout the day, hug others and generally add layers of dirt.
At night, we need to remove the daily grime thoroughly before sleep. Whilst we sleep our cell turnover is increased, skin healing takes place and we rejuvenate our body, so it’s critical the skin is nourished and clean to do this.
Through the night though, we also sweat, shed skin cells and build new layers of dirt, so again in the morning it’s important to cleanse this away.
Cleansing effectively in this way, twice every day helps us avoid blocked pores, encourages cell turnover (so our skins look more radiant and ‘fresh’) and protects the skins from the harmful effects of environmental damage.
How to choose a cleanser?
How do I know my skin is oily: You will have visible pores, your skin may be prone to spots and acne and you will develop a ‘sheen’ of oil quickly after cleansing.
What to Look for: An oil-control face wash thoroughly cleanses and detoxifies but doesn’t unbalance the skin too harshly. Ingredients like Tea Tree and Lemon, in a wash-based formula are ideal.
How do I know my skin is dry: Your skin suffers from flaking, tightness, and can get itchy, especially in cold weather
What to Look for: A deeply hydrating and gentle cleanser with a rich creamy formula that nourishes whilst it lifts dirt is vital to avoid stripping the skin further. Avoid soaps, and try to remove your cleanser with a muslin or organic cotton flannel dipped in warm water. Pat the product off rather than dragging to avoid damaging the skin.
How do I know my skin is sensitive: Your skin is reactive and even mildly scented products can cause redness or soreness?
How do I know if my skin is ‘normal’: You might get the occasional break out or feeling of dryness, but in general your skin is very even, clear and not prone to oiliness.
What to Look for: Maintain your balance with vegan, natural cleansers that support the skin’s mantle and protect you from environmental aggressors.
Should I double cleanse?
Made famous by experts like Caroline Hirons, a double cleanse is a two-step cleanse that removes external dirt like makeup first, which is hard to get off without an oil based makeup remover.
This is followed by a gentle second step, like a wash or fluid to ensure the deeper layers of the skin are effectively cleansed.
Both cleansers need to be gentle in order not to strip the skin. If you’re using actives like Glycolic acid, save it for post cleansing.
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