ARE YOU CHOOSING THE RIGHT CLEANSER FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE?
Choosing the right cleanser for your unique skin type is uber important to making or breaking a good skin regime. You want to choose a product that will effectively clean the skin, without leaving it feeling dry or stripped of its natural oils.
Sadly, many mainstream cleansers are jam packed with some pretty cheap and nasty ingredients. Including - Sodium lauryl sulfate (foaming agent/harsh detergent), triclosan (antibacterial ingredient - linked to hormonal disruption), mineral oil (derived from petroleum). Using these ingredients may make you FEEL like you've achieved ultra cleansed skin, but they actually leave the skin dehydrated and depleted of it's natural oils. Not good friends.
The different types of cleansers?
Gels - Great for combination, oily and acne prone skin.
Cleansing milks - Suitable for normal/dry and sensitive skin.
Foaming cleanser - Great for combination/oily.
Oil based cleansers -Suitable for all skin types. Oils can surprisingly (to some) help balance oily skin types. They help to reduce excess oil production by balancing the skin's PH.
How to choose a cleanser?
Knowing your skin type is the first step when choosing the right cleanser. Here I have listed my top cleansers for all skin types (tried and tested of course).
DRY SKIN - If you have dry skin you will want to use a cleanser that will add moisture and hydration. Cream and oil based cleansers are fab for this! Steer clear from foaming cleansers as they have the potential to irritate and dry out the skin
My pick - Edible beauty cleansing milk.
THOUGHTS - The scent of desert lime will intoxicate your senses from the first waft. Having dry skin type personally, I found this cleanser thoroughly cleaned my skin while leaving it feeling fresh and hydrated. The milky texture feels like a "breath of fresh air" on the skin. INGREDIENTS - Coconut oil to gently wash away make up, surface impurities, environmental toxins and excess cell build-up while protecting the skin's moisture balance. Apple Extract naturally brightens the skin Strawberry fruit enzymes boost the skin's natural radiance. Australian Wattle Seed supports skin elasticity and firmness. Revel in the uplifting and refreshing smell of Melon and the essential oils of Orange and Lime.
COMBINATION SKIN - The most common skin type. Combination skin work best with gel based cleansers. They give the skin a good clean without being to harsh or drying.
My pick - Mukti balancing foaming cleanser
THOUGHTS - A lightly foaming wash that gently cleanses, balances and removes excess oil and impurities. It will assist with balancing sebaceous activity without depleting the skin of its natural oils. I love how quickly it removes makeup and helps to balance the skin.
OILY SKIN - If you have oily skin its really important to use a cleanser with non-comedogogenic ingredients (non pore clogging) Gel or foam based cleansers work well to remove excess oil and impurities.
My pick - Quite Frankly natural balancing daily foaming cleanser
THOUGHTS - This cleanser is jam packed with some amazing ingredients to help decongest, gentle exfoliate and refine oily skin. Including superfine white French clay and lactic acid, certified organic pomegranate and cucumber with high anti-oxidant, anti-ageing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Certified organic kakadu plum with potent vitamin C and anti-oxidant content may help promote collagen production, maintain elasticity and improve damaged skin. Very impressive for such a great price point!
SENSITIVE SKIN - People with sensitive skin can react to all different things. Looking for a cleanser thats fragrance free is the number one tip I can give. Cream or oil cleansers are usually the best, as they are soothing and gentle.
My pick - Miskin smooth cleanser
THOUGHTS - An ultra gentle cleanser formulated with a magical organic emulsifier that turns milky in contact with water. It will soften,smooth and calm the skin. I adore this cleanser. It was my saviour this winter. The cleanser does need to be applied to dry skin then removed with a muslin cloth.
Have you tried a natural cleanser you are loving?