Cleansers come in many forms and you should use them twice a day.
Avoid a cleanser that will strip, sensitise or remove the acid mantle of the skin (its protective barrier). This can leave this delicate super protective organ open to Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), infection, and sensitisation from external forces. In some cases, damage to the dermis (the lower layer in the skin) may occur with improper cleansing formulas.
A good cleanser will deep cleanse, protect the outer skin layer from invasion, leave your skin hydrated, and treat your particular skin condition. Cleansers that rinse clean with water and are not too harsh are the best choices. Cleansers that are especially helpful are ones that are pH balanced to maintain the delicate acid mantle of the skin and protect against TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss).
It is also important to change cleanser as our skin changes, or as the season’s change (your skin therapist will assist you with this).
We do not recommend soap as it can leave a film on the skin and can be quite alkaline, causing dryness. Although it may be tempting to use a soap on very oily or acne skin to feel squeaky clean, we don’t recommend it as it encourages the oil glands to pump even more oil to combat the dryness.
With technological advances and more and more research into ingredients, there are many different styles of cleansers available for all skin types and conditions. The basic forms are face washes (gel), cleansing oil, cleansing water, and creams or milks.
Types of Cleansers – which one should I use? (aka Cleanser confusement!)
Your cleanser choice should be determined by your skin type or condition. From there, its a personal choice as texture, smell and after feel are all very important.
We’ve created a basic guideline for you…
We recommend Gel Cleansers for skin that is predominantly combination with an active T Zone. They can also be used as a great summer cleanser if you feel a milk cleanser is a little too heavy.
For normal to oily skin, use Deep Cleansing Gel (Algologie).
For Oily to Acne skin, we recommend Foaming Gel Cleanser (Algologie). This cleanser also contains zinc and vitamin B to help with the immunity and repair of the skin.
We recommend Gentle Cleansing Oil (FDM Cosmeceuticals) for all skin types, except for Acne. Oil cleansers deeply emulsify oils and debris in the follicle. It’s great for difficult to remove make-up. Massage the oil cleanser into the skin first, then add water to emulsify all particles on the skin and rinse. Great for the young and mature alike.
Micellar Cleansing Water (Algologie) This colourless, non-oily, clear solution contains 1000’s of micelles which are microscopic sponges that surround and trap impurities such as dirt, pollution, make-up etc. If you use a cotton pad to smooth away the impurities, you will not need to rinse as no trace is left on the skin. Its a very gentle cleanser that is even suitable for sensitive skin.
Cleansing Milk (Algologie) is a milk cleanser that contains special emulsifiers that gently dissolve make-up, impurities and traces of pollution. It leaves the skin feeling supple and provides rapid hydration, and helps to nourish and re-mineralise the skin.
We recommend Fruit Acid Cleansing Milk (FDM Cosmeceuticals) for any skin that requires assistance in gentle resurfacing. Its great for combination skins, ageing skins, or skin that would benefit from the removal of cellular debris on a daily basis.
Triple Action Cleanser (FDM Cosmeceuticals) is perfect for dry skin, and for skin conditions where there is a lack of lipids, such as eczema and dermatitis. Its also a great winter cleanser when the skin reacts in cold conditions, or a very dry climate.