Laziness is a big no-no when it comes to daily facial cleansing, especially when you have your sunscreen and make up on. Yes, it can be a chore after a long day or a night out after x amount of drinks. Just remember this...
When it comes to cleansing, many of us immediately associate having our skin feeling squeaky clean and dry. That is actually not quite the case. As you may or may not already know, our skin produces sebum which helps to protect your skin and prevents it from drying. If you have oily skin, stripping off all the oils with harsh cleansers actually make your skin produces more sebum. You want to have a gentle cleanser that cleans and nourishes at the same time.
Ingredients to avoid in a cleanser :-
Alcohol – Usually added to make the product lightweight and help other ingredients like retinol and vitamin C penetrate the skin more effectively. However, it is extremely drying to the skin.
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (momoethnanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine) – Commonly found in personal care products that foam. Just chemicals that you do not need anywhere on your face.
Parabens (Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, and Ethylparaben) – Chemical preservatives in cosmetics that may increase breast cancer risk.
Petroleum and Mineral Oil Derived Ingredients (Propylene Glycol, Parraffin, Mineral Oil, Butylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol and Petrolatum.) - You should look for natural plant oils as they provide plenty of nourishment without clogging your pores.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) – One of the most irritating cleansing agents used in skincare products. It strips the skin of natural oils which gives your skin that squeaky clean feel.
Synthetic Fragrance – Many synthetic fragrances are stabilised with phthalates which has been linked to increase risk in breast cancer. It can also be drying and irritating to your skin. Opt for products that use essential oils or fruit and plant extracts.
Triclosan – Liquid soaps labelled “antibacterial” usually contain triclosan which may contribute to antibiotic resistance. Yet another skin irritant and is drying to the skin.
Let's be real. It is impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can limit the amount of toxins your skin is exposed to. Now take a look at the ingredients of your current favourite cleanser. If you do need a new one, check out our Beet This Honey Cleanser.