How to choose a natural cleanser
Get the most out of your face wash with this simple guide
Cleansers are often overlooked in terms of skincare importance. But as the essential first step in your skincare, it’s got a lot of heavy lifting to do – so you need to get it right. Here, we talk you through some face wash basics so you always get the best clean possible.
Not all cleansers are created equal
A good natural face wash will remove any impurities from your skin, dirt, grime, sweat, pollution, but it won’t necessarily also tackle both makeup and sunscreen. Ideally you would remove makeup prior to cleansing, using a micellar water or makeup remover, following with a cleanser. However, you can also double cleanse, by using an oil-based natural cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen and then following with a regular natural (water soluble) cleanser.
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When to cleanse
While some people swear by a twice-daily cleanse, others believe you only need to cleanse at night. We like to just use the common sense rule. If you use nighttime products, it’s likely you’ll need to cleanse in the morning, even if it’s only to remove this with a gentle face wash (no need to double cleanse in the morning). The key is not to over-wash your face as this can strip the skin of its natural oils (which in turn leaves it susceptible to more irritation).
How to choose the right natural cleanser for you
Here’s the thing: With any skin care product you choose, you first need to assess your needs and your skin type. And while this is true for cleanser, it’s also true that you want something gentle, and free from irritants like added synthetic fragrances, parabens, soaps or alcohol. This is where natural cleansers really step up to the plate, utilising natural scents and gentle formulations enhanced with products from nature. With that in mind, the formula (cream, oil, gel, foam) really comes down to personal preference - but you can also use the ingredients list to guide you to which formula will best suit your skin’s needs. Here are a few of our picks:
Breakout prone: Look for antibacterial and skin-clearing actives like tea-tree oil, paired with soothing ingredients like aloe and chamomile to balance the skin.
Dry/ sensitive: Creamy textures often feel more soothing and nourishing on dry skin types, which is why a cream or milk work well. In addition, stay away from products with alcohol which is notoriously drying, and look for soothing ingredients such as aloe and seed oils.
Makeup removing: As mentioned above, not all face wash will take off makeup. Oil-based ones work excellent as oils are attracted to other oils – they work like solvents to dissolve to the product (and skin oil). Plus, they leave the skin feeling super-soft, which is a bonus! Cleansing waters are also great to pre-cleanse the skin. Or if you want a one-product wonder, look for a cleanser that specifically notes it will remove makeup too.
All-rounder: If you have a normal skin type and are just looking for a solid cleanser to do its job (get rid of impurities, leave your skin feeling fresh, soft and nourished) then opt for one with gentle, non irritating ingredients that’s free from parabens and artificial fragrances and scents.