Could you imagine that facial cleansing once felt like a chore? Being certifiably the most lazy human on Earth, every night I used to dread the mandatory trip to the bathroom that would take off the day’s face. Still, it was a mandatory process and still continues to be. Back then, however, I hardly took care when it came to selecting the right cleansers for my skin type and I also had little to no knowledge of the role they were meant to play in my journey to healthy skin. Today, I’ll be sharing the selection I currently have on rotation. While it’s not quite necessary to use them all at once, they each do a little something different and I have subsequently come to love them all!
THE GAME CHANGER
Last year, I started a new skincare regimen that saw me introduce a bunch of new products into my routine primarily from luxury skincare brand ELEMIS. I believe that each product lent a helping hand in allowing me the ability to have my skin be how it is today. But what I specifically wish to highlight for now is the resurfacing action that is present in most of the brands anti-aging products.
Unlike typical cleansers, the ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash (R670* at selected Edgars stores) does not foam up. As an exfoliating cleanser, it does not rid skin of make-up but instead works to gently slough away dead skin cells and stimulate the skins natural renewal cycle. Because I swear by double-cleansing, I use this facial wash after my initial cleanse which serves to remove make-up, dirt and oil build-up.
Because of the triple enzyme action present in its formulation, you will notice the texture of your skin significantly improve, becoming more smooth, refined and radiant. It is recommended to use this cleanser twice daily, morning and night, but if used in the morning it is crucial to make use of an SPF 30 lotion or higher.
I recently attended the media event for the new Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant which is set to launch in the next few months. It’s another exfoliating cleanser that works with powder and water to release powerful enzymes, skin-resurfacing alpha-hydroxy-acids and anti-pollution technology. Considering that I have two exfoliating cleansers, I do like to alternate between them making use of the other every second day.
Why you need it:
Besides the natural aging process, environmental and biochemical triggers are known to accelerate skin aging. What is then needed to combat this is an active ingredient that will purify skin and absorb environmental toxins within your pores. Activated Binchotan Charcoal is the powerful powder used in this formulation. It not only detoxifies pores but also leaves skin feeling incomparably smooth and deeply cleansed. Note that like the ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash, this is not your make-up remover and should be used in the second step of your double cleanse.
Can’t wait for the launch date? Discover its sibling, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.
THE BASIC CLEANSER
I call this the basic cleanser because it revisits the simple yet effective way to cleanse – with soap and water. There are about four variations in the Clinique Liquid Soap (R490* at Clinique) and you will be matched with the one that most suits your skin type. For my dry/combination skin, I use the Clinique Liquid Soap in Mild. It is formulated to gently cleanse and can be used twice daily. At night, after removing make-up with an oil cleanser, I reach for my mild liquid soap and proceed to gently massage it into my skin and rinse it off. However, I do prefer to use this in the mornings on a completely bare face.
THE ANTI-ACNE AGENT
If frequent breakouts happen to be your norm, a cleanser like the SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel (R875* at skinmiles.com) is needed. Salicylic acid is one of acnes’ greatest enemies. Its molecular structure helps to dissolve the type of skin debris that clogs pores and causes blackheads and whiteheads. It also reduces sebum secretion (over production of oil), which is another way it can help reduce acne and is an anti-inflammatory which can help calm inflamed acne. [Read more here.]
The SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel contains 0.2% salicylic acid and also contains 3.5% glycolic acids which work to slough away dead skin cells revealing smooth skin, evening out skin tone and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Like I said, it’s not necessary to have all four cleansers in your arsenal but it is definitely advised that you do a little bit of research in an effort to get to know your skin and what it needs the most. I try as best as I can to not compromise on the quality of skincare products that I use which is why one would think the prices of these cleansers to be quite steep. But remember, you pay for ingredients as it is the ingredients that to do the work, not the pretty name or the packaging.
What is your facial cleanser of the moment? Is it a holy grail or do you change it up often? Let’s discuss below!
*Prices at time of publication
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