By Contributing Beauty Expert and Advisor Tracey Brown
Contrary to popular belief, there is a proper way to wash your face. If you cleanse and shortly thereafter feel like your ponytail is giving you a facelift, then you are probably doing something wrong.
While we equate loads of lather with squeaky-clean skin, in actuality too much lather is most likely too much of a good thing— it strips the skin of it’s natural ph level. Ph? Yes—flash back to chemistry 101. Our skin is acidic and soaps are alkaline. So when we use soap, particularly a bar soap, on our delicate facial skin, we are not doing our skin a favor.
Instead look for cleansers that effectively wash your skin and at the same time protect your moisture levels. Fortunately, there is a cleanser for every skin type and concern and we have whittled down your choices to the best of the best.
1. Anti-aging Cleanser
For: Fine lines, discoloration, and uneven texture
Try: Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser $30
This non-drying formula is strong enough to remove makeup, but gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. African red tea strengthens the skin’s outer layer, slows the aging process, calms and soothes the skin.
2. Exfoliating Cleanser
For: Lackluster appearance, clogged pores
Try: Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser $29.95
This cleanser improves clarity, unclogs pores, reduces dullness, exfoliates dead cells, smoothes dryness, lines & wrinkles, and reveals fresh, new skin. And it’s vegan.
3. Acne Cleanser
For: Mild to moderate acne
Try: CoralActives™ Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser $22
Contains sea whip extract, known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and mild cleansers, retinol for deeper cleansing and very fine micro-beads to help exfoliate the skin.
4. Organic Cleanser
For: All skin types, anti-aging
Try: Vapour Organic Beauty Clarity Cleansing Oil $26
This makeup removing cleansing oil is a blend of Organic Camellia oil to keep skin bright, toned, and balanced, and Organic Evening Primrose oil, rich in anti-aging EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) to lock in moisture and boost skin elasticity.
5. Cleansing Towelettes
For: All skin types
Try: Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes $12
These gentle wipes remove makeup and impurities from face and eyes, nature’s way—with a blend of aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber, and vitamin E.
6. Cleansing Bar
For: Anyone who can’t break the habit of a bar soap
Try: Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Soap $40
A luxurious, skin-softening botanical soap with essential oils such as tea tree, clove bud, lavender, and geranium oils to provide soothing aromatherapy benefits and olive and sunflower seed oils to provide intense moisture to skin.