This article will teach you how to find the best facial cleanser and wash your face the right way! There may be slightly more to it than one might think!
WHAT IS A FACIAL CLEANSER?
A good natural facial cleanser must be a staple in everyone's skin care daily routine. Its' purpose is to rid face of all the contaminants such as dirt, oils, and make-up. If used correctly, a face wash can also provide all the necessary exfoliating power needed to expose fresh skin and help it absorb the nutrients it needs.
FACIAL CLEANSER AND PH
Natural oils secreted by the skin, sebum, and sweat together create a protective layer called Acid Mantle. It has a pH of approximately 4.5, which is slightly acidic.
Facial cleanser needs to maintain a certain pH level in order to bind with oil-based dirt and remove it. You don't want your face wash to strip away the acid mantle completely but rather gently remove the dirt and bacteria that it contains.
The lower the pH, the milder the cleanser. Sounds good, right? Not necessarily as it may not be very effective removing dirt and bacteria. If the pH is too low, the effect of facial cleanser will be minimized and the dirt that is supposed to be cleansed off your face will remain increasing your risk of developing acne.
Some face washes are advertised as skin pH balancers meaning that they lower your pH levels in order to avoid harming the acid mantle. Facial cleansers containing pH lowering acids such as salicylic make good a case for a hot advertising campaign for balancing skin pH level but rarely do what they are supposed to. Salicylic acid will be completely neutralized by the cleanser before reaching your skin and, at the same time, lower the effectiveness of the product.
On the other hand, the higher the pH, the harsher the cleanser as it will bind with low pH acid mantle, remove it, and leave your skin dry. Confusing? Certainly. How do we find the right cleanser. Avoid sulphates and other common harsh detergents added to face washes and look for mild and effective natural detergents such as coco-glucoside that can be found in our all natural Pore Refining Facial Cleanser. Balancing and lowering your skin's pH can be easily done by applying our Antioxidant Facial Toner right after washing your face.
EXFOLIATING FACIAL CLEANSER
Exfoliating facial cleansers may contain the now-banned micro beads or other types of abrasive materials. Avoid these face washes as skin rubbing may lead to minor scratches increasing the risk of acne and potential thickening of the skin, a condition called Hyperkeratosis. A severe case of Hyperkeratosis would be callus formation where skin meets frequent friction. While callus formation is highly unlikely on the face, it serves as an example and demonstrates the mechanism of skin thickening. See the paragraph below for useful face exfoliating tips.
THE BEST WAY TO USE A CLEANSER
Facial cleansers should be used daily, in combination with a toner and moisturizer. For best results, cleanse after a steam treatment or shower, by applying a small amount of face cleanser on a soft cotton pad or wash cloth, gently massaging skin for a minute or two to exfoliate. With consistent use, that should be the only face exfoliation you will ever need!
FACIAL CLEANSER AND SKIN TYPE
DRY SKIN. If you have dry skin, use a mild natural facial cleanser containing mild detergents to avoid excessive skin drying. You should immediately apply a moisturizer on damp skin in order to seal in the moisture in your skin.
OILY SKIN. If you have oily skin, you may need to use the facial cleanser a few types a day. However, don't forget to moisturize as oily skin may not always mean that your skin is well-hydrated.
COMBINATION SKIN. Combination skin may require a sort of spot cleaning to keep your skin happy, that is, evenly cleansed and hydrated. Massage the oily areas with diluted facial cleanser a bit longer than the dry ones or avoid rubbing dry skin areas altogether.
So, don't expect a it to be a multitasking tool, just pick an all natural facial cleanser to wash your face, nothing else. You will get the hang of it after a few sessions, remember that nobody knows your skin better than you!