I have noticed that often people will spend money on every other product in their routine and not care about their cleansers. Here’s the thing, yes it is washed off but what you use to cleanse the skin is actually important.
- When you use a cleanser, you don’t want it leaving your skin tight and dry because that means it stripped your skin.
- Sometimes even when you use a gentle cleanser, this can happen. Make sure you always finish your routine after cleansing. If you do it in the shower, make your skin care routine the first thing you do.
- Never use a bar of soap to cleanse your skin. The most simple reason is because the ingredients that bind a bar of soap together, are dehydrating (they have a high pH balance).
- Avoid cleansing oils. While I’m sure these feel great on those with dry skin, they unfortunately leave behind a residue of and barrier on the skin. This prevents your serums from getting deep within the skin where they need to go to benefit you the most. Even if you don’t think (or feel) it’s leaving behind a residue, it is. Using a water-soluble cleanser is important so that it washes away completely and you are left with a clean slate. Serums can do wonders for the skin but won’t be able to if they are blocked by a barrier of oil.
- Your cleansers can be used for shaving. It’s more expensive obviously but in a pinch, it’s an option.
- Cleansing should be done for about 30-45 seconds to make sure you get rid of all the dirt, oil and/or makeup.
- Professional cleansers go a long way because they are so concentrated so you don’t have to use a lot. This is actually true for all professional products.
Now I’m going to discuss the 4 cleansers I retail and use on myself and in my treatment room.
Pomegranate Creamy Cleanser– This creamy pomegranate cleanser nourishes and hydrates the skin with aloe vera as the pomegranate antioxidant brings the skin to life giving it a healthy, radiant glow.
These are great for dry skin but I have found that a lot of times a cream cleanser is used wrong and people don’t like it. It is to be used on dry skin with dry hands, almost like you’re applying your moisturizer. Massage in gently and rinse when done. You can also use cotton squares to remove it or a gentle washcloth. I suggest a baby washcloth since they are really gentle and soft.
Benefits of this cleanser:
- Soothes Skin Irritation
- Reduces Inflammation and Redness
- Clarifies and Heals Breakouts
- Assists in Boosting Hydration Levels
- Limits Pigmentation and Scarring
Green Tea Citrus Antioxidant Cleanser- This green tea citrus cleanser contains grapefruit, lemon and yucca to remove excess oils as the green tea antioxidants calm the skin and bring it new life giving it a radiant glow. Lemon deep cleans while yucca soothes the skin. This one smells good.
This is definitely my biggest selling cleanser. People love it and so do I. I used to use the Pomegranate Cleanser but switched over to this one about 1 ½ ago when my skin started changing. It’s gentle and yet I know it’s cleansing my skin. No sting factor or dryness with this one.
Clarifies and removes excess oils
Maintains healthy cell function
Protects from bacterial attacks
Provides cellular protection from free radicals
Soothes and restores skin balance
Raspberry Refining Cleanser- This raspberry-based acne control cleanser will increase cellular turnover bringing oil and debris to the surface of the skin; salicylic then dries the uplifted oil. Tea tree calms and soothes the skin. And this has a nice raspberry smell.
This is a cleanser you would use about 2-4 times a week at night, depending on your skin. It has glycolic and salicylic acid and also tea tree oil to help fight blemishes. It’s more gentle so you probably won’t tingle with this one. I recommend this to all my teen clients and sometimes older clients when they are still dealing with breakouts. Also great for sensitive skin.
Provides surface renewal and resurfacing
Purges and exfoliates
Removes oil and debris
Prevents future breakouts
Glycolic Cleanser- This 17% glycolic cleanser breaks down oil and encourages cellular turnover to minimize oil and refine pores to reveal fresh, healthy skin.
You can definitely feel the glycolic in this one but it doesn’t hurt, only tingles. Great for anti-aging clients and for those who might still be dealing with mild breakouts. I recommend this to be used about 2-4 times a week at night, depending on your skin.
When I use my bio-brasion machine in my treatment room (which is a microdermabrasion machine on wet skin), this is the cleanser I will use with it. Makes the skin glow!
Refines Pores and Renews the Skin
Reduces Visible Wrinkles
Brightens and Invigorates the Skin
Assists in Boosting Hydration Levels
Reduces Acne Scars
Enhances Cellular Turnover