Choosing right facial cleanser is as important as using right facial oil or moisturiser. Most of us always want to invest in a moisturiser rather facial cleansers. But choosing right cleanser is key since properly cleansed skin paves way for your expensive and nourishing moisturisers t do their work. Read on more to know how to choose cleanser for your skin type.
Dry skin lacks hydration and sebum so it is necessary to use something that won’t strip your skin. A cream cleanser will be the best option for dry skinned beauties. Look for emollient and occlusive ingredients like sweet almond oil, shea butter, mango butter. Oil cleanser is also a great option but make sure you use cleansers that is easy to rinse like a gel to milk cleansers. It is not a good option to use a hot towel to remove oils from your face when you have the dry skin.
Oily skin lacks linoleic acid so invest in an oil cleanser that has oils rich in Linoleic acid like hemp seed oil, hazelnut oil, rosehip oil. Follow the oil cleanser with a cleansing grain to keep textured skin at bay since the oily skin is prone to textured skin often.
SENSITIVE SKIN AND ACNE PRONE SKIN
Both sensitive skin and acne prone skin should be handled gently. Skipping stripping face cleansers is must if you wanna have good skin. Look for something soothing like oats, lavender, chamomile, Calendula if you have a sensitive skin. Look for antibacterial and antifungal ingredients like neem oil, tea tree oil, tamanu oil if your skin is prone to acne.
Honey wash is nothing but using raw honey to wash your face. Honey is an amazing humectant which means it draws moisture from the atmosphere to our skin. It has soothing and antimicrobial properties. These qualities make it perfect to be used by people of all skin types. You can use honey to wash your face in your morning skincare routine.
Double cleansing is using an oil-based cleanser first to remove sebum and oil-soluble impurities and then following it with water-based cleanser to remove eater soluble dirt and grime. Double cleansing is also beneficial for all skin types unless and until they use oils that suit their skin type.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN CLEANSER
Despite your skin type it is better to avoid the following ingredients in your cleanser
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage.
Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. Due to its property as a penetration enhancer, it aids harmful chemicals to enter into your skin faster, causing irritation. PG is derived from petroleum. PG tends to sit on the surface of the skin after you rinse it, dissolving the fats and oils your skin needs to stay nourished. Your skin reacts by becoming parched and dry and requiring more applications of moisturizer, which make skin dryer, requiring more moisture. It’s a sad cycle.
Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Studies raise concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.
“But I like nice smelling things!!” some people say. Why is fragrance (also called perfume) bad for your skin? A fragrance is basically a blend of aromatic extracts from natural and synthetic ingredients. Used in nearly 50% of beauty products, it actually has a LOT of unknown toxic chemicals that can be harmful to you. Without you knowing, fragrance can irritate skin, have toxic hormonal effects, and may even cause cancer. It may smell fabulous, but it can lead to not-so-fabulous effects on your skin and health. As an alternative, try to find natural fragrances that are chemical free.
If you take a look at your product label and notice FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colours. F — representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a colour and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colours are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colours are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labeling consider it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it.