Hello everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the holidays, I know I am (tons of desserts and whiskey). This is another post on what skincare is and how to build a steady, consistent regime to aid in protecting the skin barrier and keeping these cells healthy.
What are cleansers?
Cleansers contain surfectants and cleansing agents such as cocamidopropyl betaine, a mild cleansing agent derived from coconut oil that can be found in cleansers in order to dissolve makeup, oil, and dirt. They are sometimes made from great ingredients from vegtables and fruits and some that have not so great ingredients like animal fats.
The are two types – mild and harsh.
Mild cleansers are moisturizing, generally contain plant extracts and oils to remove bad bacteria yet leave the good ones alone. They should have soft or no scents and should not be extremely foaming.
Some great ones that I have used are-
Natural: Dr. Bronner’s castile soap and my own homemade recipe (coming soon!).
Harsh Cleansers are disrupters that are laced with strong fragrances and alocohols. They dry out the skin barrier by strippping it of natural oils and good bacterias. This causes clogged pores and congested skin because the glands overproduce oils to compensate the lack of moisture. Through time, acne and hyperpigmentation will increase and so will different skin conditions like sensitivity, eczema, and acne.
I would stear clear of:
Anything from St. Ives
Any cleansers that say oil controlling or made for acne and foaming (unless the ingredients show mild surfactants).
What type of cleansers should you use?
Of course everyone should use only mild ones. A cleanser should only clean and moisturize the face, not leave it dry and tight. Moreover, a cleanser can only provide so many advantages yet can completely ruin the skin so all of those crazy claims, are just that-crazy. The only cleansers that can make a difference are oil cleansers because some residue of the oils lingers on the skin.
A specific type of cleanser for the people with acne, oily skins, etc. is not needed so long as it cleans without stripping.
Hopefully this helps if you are unsure on the type of cleanser you should be using. Remember, harsh is never the answer.