Today I wanted to talk about probably the most crucial step in skincare: cleansing.
Cleansing is the most important step because all other skincare is pretty much useless if you apply it to dirty skin. It’s like a blank slate for your skin. You get to start fresh every morning and night, wash off all that grime and dirt and pollution and give your skin some love. All those serums and moisturizers are indeed chockfull of amazing ingredients, but they need a clean, clarified surface in order to penetrate. This is why the double cleansing method has become such a craze. Clean skin = healthy, glowing skin.
We need to ensure we’re giving our skin a deep clean every day, but I still think it’s important to remember that we don’t want to strip or irritate our skin either. For that reason, I prefer to use gentle cleansers. Gentle cleansers are great because they won’t disrupt your skin’s PH, and they’ll keep your skin in a calm and happy state.
Yes, they’re not always the best at removing your makeup, but thats what cleansing balms and micellar waters exist for.
Harsher cleansers, such an exfoliating cleansers or cleansers targeted for acne are great once in a while, but I don’t believe that they should be used for everyday use. I was once using this crazy charcoal based cleanser (which was all natural), and it contained some pretty astringent ingredients and essential oils, like peppermint. That first night i used it, I was convinced it was a miracle, but with continued use my skin became so red and irritated. Because my skin was so stressed out, it became to overproduce oil, thus causing it to break out even more.
This is why I only stick to gentle cleansers. Also, if I happen to work out in the middle of the day and need to shower, I don’t have to worry about the repercussions of a third cleanse. My skin just stays calm and happy.
If you still have those treatment cleansers that you love, you can and should absolutely still use them, but perhaps only once or twice a week. Your skin will thank you, I promise.
So what constitutes a gentle cleanser?
I say anything mild. Cleansers with short ingredient lists, that are fragrance free and not full of crazy chemicals.
Here are some recommendations for gentle cleansers:
- Good ol’ Cetaphil.
- This one by Marcelle. (My current obsession).
- Clinique‘s Classic.
- Paula’s choice (this one has rave reviews on the internet).
- la Roche Posay (this brand can do no wrong in my eyes).
- Equate‘s dupe for the Clinique. (Just as fab, just way cheaper).
Hope you find your perfect gentle cleanser! 🙂