Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Benefits of Cleansers for the Face

Skincare Cleanser Products
 A bar of soap seems so simple, but in fact it can create havoc on your tender and delicate face. Cleansers are used to remove makeup, dirt and oils that can clog skin pores and create acne or other inflammations of the skin.  Cleansers are typically used in the morning to start the face with a clean surface to apply moisturizer, toner, makeup and sunscreen.  At night it is used to clean the face of products applied to the skin during the day as well as dirt and other pollutants.  Their are 3 main reasons to use a cleanser over a bar soap:

1. Bar soap PH is typically 9 or 10, while facial skin is around 4.7 PH.  Changing the PH balance can lead to overgrowth of bacteria which can result in acne.

2. Bar soap has thickeners to give the bar shape, which can clog pores and lead to acne.
3. Bar soap can remove natural oils, causing the oil glands to overproduce, leading to clogged pores and acne.

Tips for When and What to buy for a Cleanser

Cleansers are needed when makeup, dirt and oil invade our skin.  If your skin is clean though, for instance after a night of sleep after you cleansed before bed, their is no reason to cleanse again unless you feel oily and dirty.  Natural oils in your body are a good thing, they retain moisture, help skin functions and generally are made by your body for a reason!  However too much of a good thing can turn bad, so gauge yourself when it's time for a cleanse, not necessarily a strict routine.  

Cleansers are on your skin for a short time.  Choosing one that is expensive and claims of all kinds of posh ingredients are not needed, the short time it is on your face will not allow those beautiful ingredients to soak in.  A cleanser is supposed to be washed away, save your money for the next step after you cleanse, like Retinol, Vitamin C Serum, Eye Cream or Anti Aging products.  Using a Cleanser before applying your skincare will allow the product to penetrate and absorb better.  Using a Clarisonic brush with a cleanser will help penetrate your skincare products better by 61% studies show. 

Cleansers for Acne

NeoStrata Antibacterial Facial Cleanser
Exuviance Clear and Smooth
PCA Skin BPO 5% Cleanser
Ilike Lemon Cleansing Milk

Cleansers for Humidity

 SkinCeuticals Simply Clean

Cleansers for Normal Skin

Revision Brightening Wash 
PCA Skin Facial Wash
NeoStrata Facial Cleanser 
NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash 
Ilike Grape Stem Cell Cleansing Milk 

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