Updated: Aug 5, 2019
A cleanser is any skin care product that is used to remove excess oils, dirt, dead skin cells, make up, spf and other types of pollutants from the skin. The right cleanser can help to unclog pores, brighten the complexion, prevent break outs and prepare the skin for oncoming products.
There are really no hard and fast rules on how often you should cleanse although it is always recommended that you cleanse after a work out and on an evening where you have applied spf and/or make-up during the day. Many people enjoy a double cleanse on an evening:
Step 1- an oil/balm cleanser or micellar water,
Step 2 - a water based cleanser.
For those with skin on the oilier side you may find it beneficial to repeat this double cleanse for your morning routine. However, those on the drier side usually find just the water based cleanser sufficient or even simply a cool water rinse.
It is important not to over cleanse as even the most gentle product can be irritating if used excessively. Evening cleansing is really the priority so experiment and find the frequency and products that suit you.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)/ Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are found in a number of cleansing products due to their foaming action. However, they have been found to be extremely irritating to skin. All of the products in the skind line-up are SLS/ SLES free.
Below is a summary of the various cleanser types and who they are best suited for along with the products we have selected under each category.
Perfect for All
While washing your skin with oil sounds counter intuitive, especially if you have oily skin, it is in fact the most gentle and effective way to loosen pore clogging debris, pollution, make-up and spf without irritating your skin. Cleansing oils draw out other oils, make-up and impurities that congest pores with a “like attracts like” approach. They typically contain botanical oils such as sunflower, safflower, apricot kernel and grape seed that emulsify with water to rinse away cleanly.
Essentially formulated with many of the same ingredients as cleansing oils, the major difference here is texture. Although cleansing balms melt into an oil once massaged between your hands, they start in a more solid state. They range from a wax-like salve to a creamy gel consistency, with many options in between. This mess-free texture can make a balm more convenient for travel and for application.
Cleansing Cloths and Sponges
When it comes to skin care it is so often the simplest changes that can have the biggest impact on your skin health. Incorporating a cotton/muslin cloth or konjac sponge into your cleansing routine can help to thoroughly remove impurities while also sloughing off dead skin cells. They are effective, relatively inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.
Perfect for Oily/Combo skin
Gel cleansers are clear and, as the name suggests, have a gel-like consistency. Generally these are designed for deep cleansing, they are effective at decongesting clogged pores, removing excess oil and killing acne-causing bacteria, thanks to their antiseptic and exfoliating properties.
Foam cleansers are lightweight cleansers that start out as cream or gel and burst into a rich, foamy lather. This type of cleanser removes excess oil as effectively as gel cleansers. It is important to avoid foaming cleansers which contain SLS/SLES as they can be extremely irritating to the skin. All of our products are SLS/SLES free.
In recent years bar soaps have been through something of a renaissance. Having fallen out of favour due to concerns about the ingredients used to form the product into its solid state many companies have now created wonderfully simple formulations which are both non-drying and non-clogging. In addition, bar soaps require little packaging and are often housed in cardboard rather than plastic making them an eco-friendly alternative to many liquid washes.
Known for their absorbing power, clay cleansers purify your skin by drawing out excess oil and toxins from your pores.
These cleansers, powdery soft when dry, disintegrates into a creamy paste upon contact with water, thoroughly cleansing your skin while providing gentle exfoliation. Unlike traditional physical exfoliants like beads and scrubs, powder cleansers glide smoothly on your skin, so could be used every day even on sensitive skin.
Perfect for Dry/Combo Skin
Cream cleansers are usually thick, creamy and contain moisturising ingredients like botanical oils. They gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Cream cleansers can also come in the form of “milk” or “lotion.”
Micellar waters feature micelles which are tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water that attract oil, dirt and make-up allowing it to be wiped away. This is normally used swept across the face using a cotton pad and although you can do so there is no need to rinse them off with water.
The Skind Collection
Here at Skind we are constantly looking to add to our collection of cruelty free and fragrance free products. We have a selection of cleansers which we hope you will find to be gentle but effective. Should you try one we would love to here your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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