Facial cleansing is the first step towards a perfect dewy skin.
This simple daily ritual should be repeated every morning and every evening without exception to get rid of make up and unblock pores.
Regularly washing your face also helps exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate skin renewal.
If there is one step in your beauty routine that you should never skip, it has to be this one.
But have you ever wondered what you should wash your face with twice a day?
The majority of common face washes are full of artificial substances and chemicals such as petrolium, parabens and the much feared Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).
These substances don’t just damage the Ph balance of the skin. They are highly irritating and are absorbed much more deeply with toxic effects that can have dangerous long term impact.
Foaming washables that have a soap base, and are particularly concentrated, can break the incredibly delicate fatty film that covers the epidermis and which is there to protect it and keep it hydrated. These soaps wash away small micro-organisms that defend the skin from aggressive external sources.
What are the consequences?
Dry skin becomes even more dry, sensitive and subject to ageing.
Greasy skin gets into a vicious cycle that leads to even more oil production, making skin even more shiny and prone to breakouts.
SO WHY CHOOSE A NATURAL PRODUCT FOR FACIAL CLEANSING ?
Quite simply because they are made with “friendly” and healthy ingredients. Their non-toxic formula gently cleans the skin with a deep, restorative and protective action. They don’t damage the hydrolipidic film and cutaneous micro organisms and help to rebalance the skin’s natural metabolism.
WHICH FORMULA SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Natural cosmetics can be tailor made to cater for all skin types and personal preferences.
We particularly like formulas that have a vegetable oil or butter base, which often come in a cream and should be used with a muslin cotton or bamboo fibre cloth.
Yep, that’s right, cleansers that are made using fatty primary materials.
It might seem contradictory but oils and butters are some of the most efficient for deep cleaning skin, and they are often the most gentle.
Why? Because they penetrate the skin absorbing dirt, disinfecting pores and removing even the most resistant make up. As well as all this, they leave skin enriched and silky soft. The cotton muslin fabric that they are used with also removes all product residue and has a light exfoliating effect that stimulates micro-circulation.
OUR FAVOURITE PRODUCTS FOR FACIAL CLEANSING
Our ab fav are:
1. Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser by Grown Alchemist
2. Gentle Cleansing Melt by Evolve
3. The Balm by Nucifera (a real multitasker, you an use it in thousands ways!)
4. Hydra Restore Cleansing Cream by Grown Alchemist
In case your facial cleansing routine has to be a two step cleanser and toner process, don’t worry, the possibilities are endless!
As well as delicate milky cleansers that are rich in raw ingredients, natural toners can be seamlessly inserted into any daily routine in an instant: these products are called hydrolates, they don’t contain alcohol and are ultra pure distilled toners made using floral and fruit water extracts.
STILL NOT READY TO GIVE UP YOUR “SOAP + WATER”?
If you’re more of an old school soap and water type, and this is the only way you feel like your skin gets a really good clean, go for a cleansing bar made with natural oils that doesn’t contain surfactants. We love MV Skincare’s Gentle Cleansing Bar and the cleansing “soaps” at Herbivore Botanicals that are available for a range of skin types, including dry and sensitive skin.