Ever on the search for the best skin care regime, whether anti-wrinkle, anti-bag, anti-sag, and anti-fill-in-the-blank, we generally skip this most essential part of any routine. The one thing that dare I say most people jump at night – the horror! The main step and product in everybody’s skin care and beauty regime should be your cleanser.
The obvious, it removes dirt, excess oil, dirt and pollution in the face and more importantly the pores (for people with oily skin). In spite of dry skin, it’s crucial as the impacts of the day, pollution and grime, can be seen on the skin. Not only does cleanup eliminate dirt, but with the manual movement it also removes dried loose skin that’s hanging on for dear life (which can cause the skin to appear dull).
Second, removing that filthy, filthy layer off the skin will allow skin care creams to penetrate without needing to fight a dirty face. And you’re not smearing dirt and dirt all around the face when employing a lotion/serum. Having a primed skin to the next step in any beauty regime enables your lotions for to work.
Cleansing the right way
Morning and night particularly for those who have oily skin types. People who have severely dry skin may skip the morning when the night was not skipped. Having said that having a gentle product means cleaning does not need to be skipped. And forget about the misconception that all cleansers strip skin. If after washing, dry scaly patches seem then that specific cleaner is too high in sulfates and too unpleasant for you.
TIP: Sulfates are available in cleansers for your own hair, face and body. Look for products that are free out of or are low in Sulfates. Sulfates are detergents and remove oil (good and bad) which disrupts the natural skin barrier resulting in redness, dryness and cracked skin.
An increasing number of businesses are incorporating anti-aging, moisturizing, exfoliating ingredients to cleansers so not only do they wash but they work double duty. A cleanser won’t take the place of the regime but will act as a spring board.
2-1’s cleanse and eliminate all looks of makeup while leaving skin soft and balanced. Look for Neroli Oil (Citrus uranium) in the blossom of the bitter orange tree is used in skin care to enhance elasticity, soften scars and wrinkles. And the fragance is stated cure negative psychological conditions and is an aphrodisiac.
Another dual-action super cleanser. Exfoliating and cleaning is the task of the cleanser. Look for Lactic Acid as the exfoliating ingredient, it functions to smooth, retexturize and wash the skin. Lactic Acid is a alpha-hydroxy acid (one of the milder AHA’s) that enables the skin turn cells over faster (good for a mature skin).
Dry skin cleansers
For dry to sensitive skin types. Look for Almond (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus) and Calendula oils to moisturize. Almond oil is readily absorbed, balances the moisture from the body and helps restore moisture loss.
Oily skin cleansers
Look for cleansers formulated with Tamarind extract, an African Fruit saturated in AHA and enzymes which works to assist cell turnover and can be an gentle astringent.
And a few last words, at times, it takes some time to find the ideal cleanser so try and keep on trying. Companies are always upgrading their formulations using fresh ingredients and technology for harder working solutions. And if the product doesn’t fulfill your expectations bring it back.