There are so many misconceptions about facial cleansing, especially for those who have combination or oily skin types. I was at a skincare gathering and talking to a very pretty young teen (14 years young) who said she used a well known drug store brand cleanser which is meant to help clear up breakouts. She was perplexed, "I just don't understand that even after drying my face with that cleanser--I still break out!". Hmmm... I don't even know where to start!
The purpose of facial cleansing is to gently remove the day's accumulated soil and makeup and to help shed dead skin cells. All skin types benefit from what I call the "Clean Palette". Properly cleansed skin is then ready to receive the wonderful benefits of your toners, serums, and moisturizers. However, cleansing your face should never mean stripping, insulting, or depleting your skin of moisture!
Even oily skin should be treated gently. When skin is stripped of its natural hydration, the sebaceous glands go into overdrive to produce oils from the stripped face--resulting in making breakouts worse!
On the other side of the spectrum-many with dry skin don't cleanse their faces enough for fear of stripping their skin of what little amount of precious oils their skin contain. Now, there's a different problem! One of the functions of proper cleansing is to help shed dead skin cells. If all that dead skin just hangs around--skin looks lifeless, dull, wrinkled and... dryer!
So, ALL skin types from Oily, Combination, Normal, Sensitive and Dry--should properly cleanse their faces! What should we look for in good quality cleansers?
- Gentle Surfactants (those are known as the 'foamers') SLS is the devil! Never should SLS be used. There are so many great 'foamers'--why would any cleanser use SLS?? The only answer I can think of is that it's very cheap. Some surfactants have very little foam (best for dry skin), some more. But the surfactant should not be harsh.
- pH Balance. We cannot stress this enough! Our skin does not like chalky, high pH cleansers (alkaline which is a pH of over 7). Our skin favors slightly acidic cleansers in the 5 to 6 pH range. This is crucial for healthy skin (and hair too)! This is also why "soap" should never be used on skin. To remain a "soap" the pH must be higher than an alkaline level of 7 or else it isn't "soap". With all of the better and more natural surfactants available today, there is no excuse for using alkaline "soap"!
- So many wonderful, Effective ingredients can help the various skin types with their specific issues! Plant based extracts can help reduce over production of oil (Willow Bark or Witch Hazel) or antioxidant properties (Green or White Tea) or provide soothing properties (Chamomile or Aloe). Plant based oils can provide emollience (sunflower, castor, apricot kernel--the list is endless!). Humectants such as the humble but hard-working Glycerin or Betaine (from Beets), Sorbitol or a myriad of others provide healthy hydration. And, my favorite ingredients for gentle but thorough cleansing are Goat Milk and Oat powders! These provide amazing softening benefits for all skin types!
Char's Effectives Facial Cleansers are ALL pH balanced! Our choices for each skin type:
- Luscious Silky Milky Facial Cleanser--for ALL skin types (from Oily/Combination/Normal to Dry/or Sensitive).
- Sweet Almond Oil Facial Cleanser--for Normal to Dry skin types
- Calming Facial Cleanser for Normal/Combination/Oily skin types
- Refreshing and Hydrating Rose Toner--not a cleanser but a wonderful first hydrating step right after cleansing!
A proper cleanser is crucial for that healthy, well exfoliated, hydrated, fresh Clean Palette!
Thanks for reading and until next time, Cheers!