Many cleansers that fall into the foaming, gel, or face wash category contain harsh detergents that strip your skin of its natural oils. Over time these types of face wash can age for your skin. They cause dryness, irritation, and weaken the skin barrier. Three things that lead to wrinkles.
So, what's the solution?
Clean beauty cleansers! My tip to avoid damaging your skin slowly but surely over time by using the wrong product, is to make better choices when it comes to your skin. on how to avoid "bad" face washes and cleansers, plus as usual I've sifted through the ingredients list to bring you my top ten clean beauty picks.
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How To Choose A Cleanser That Won't Dry Your Skin Out
The key to choosing a more natural cleanser for your skin is to avoid harsh detergents. Here’s how to spot them —the most common ones used in face wash are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALS).
Natural skincare brands tend to use kinder alternatives. Look for these ingredients instead, Sodium Cocosulfate (derived from coconut oil), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Disodium/Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Decyl glucoside, and Lauryl glucoside.
How To Cleanse Your Face —Properly!
Cleansing is by far the most important step in your skincare routine. By removing all of the day's dirt, grime, and makeup from your pores it creates a 'clean slate' that allows the anti-aging ingredients in the rest of your skincare to penetrate deeper layers of skin. Where they do their best work!
The Double Cleanse
If you want fast results from your skincare routine, start doing the double cleanse in the evening.
This two-step process involves the oil cleansing method followed by a cleansing gel, wash, or bar.
STEP 1: Pre-cleanse the skin with cleansing oil or balm to attract and break down dirt, grease, and impurities that cause congestion (blocked pores). Massage the oil or balm into a dry face and neck for 1-2 minutes. Remove with warm water and a bamboo face cloth. It feels like a steam clean for your face!
STEP 2: Next wash your face with a (natural) foaming cleanser, gel cleanser, or cleansing bar. This step removes all traces of make-up and pre-cleanser from your pores. Now your skin is ready for the next step.
It's also important to choose oils that are suitable for your skin type. Organic plant, nut, and seed oils like hazelnut, avocado, hemp seed, or rosehip seed oil are just a few that are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids (omegas).
For more help with cleansing oils check out this post.
I know initially the double cleanse sounds like a lot of work, especially after a long day.
But, if you don't cleanse your face properly then your skin won't reap the benefits from the rest of your skincare!
Clean Beauty Cleanser Recommendations
Here's my top clean beauty cleanser picks. As usual I've sifted through the ingredients list so you don't have to!
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