How to use a cleanser
How to use a cleanser? Sounds a bit simple for all you bright sparks doesn’t it! Well, we’re here to unearth why this important step in your skincare routine should never be missed – morning or night. We’re all guilty of slipping into the duvet after a late night adventure, omitting our cleanse until morning. The odd occasion is forgivable, but regularly – it’s a total no-no. After all, we all want a clear, radiant mug that puts a smile on our face, right? We’ll give you tips to execute your cleanses properly, with some fab products and tools, whatever your skin type or concern.
How to apply a cleanser
There’s a good chance you’re in a hurry and want to dive straight into the basin, but let’s learn how to apply a cleanser first. Why not build a few more minutes into your morning or bedtime face routine to savour the whole process? Step back, relax. Now, unless you’ve got a short hair crop, you’re going to enjoy things a whole lot more with your barnet tied back properly. Grab our washable Headband, perfect for the job. Wash your hands, then fill the sink with lukewarm water and dip your mitts in and give your face a good splosh to dampen it.
By now hopefully you’ve found our best cleanser for your skin type and skin concern. So whether it’s a creamy, oily, gel or foaming variety usually a coin size squirt does the job. If you’re looking for a dreamy all-rounder grab our Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash, enriched with vitamin E and wheatgerm oil, our formula leaves skin feeling supremely refreshed and clean, day or night. Put a blob in your hands and rub together and then rub onto your face in an upward swirling movement. Be careful to avoid those peepers.
Now here’s a moment to savour. Take a deep breath and massage your cleanser carefully around your damp face. You can use circles of different sizes to get into all the nooks and crannies around your nose and chin and up along your temples, and across your forehead. Not only does a good massage with a cleanser get rid of grime and dead skin cells but it also stimulates the area, helping your natural radiance shine through. And the benefits are more than skin deep, you’ll touch pressure points on your face too, relieving tension for a great start or end to the day.
And now the super satisfying bit. A darn good rinse. Make sure you’ve got a clean sink full of lukewarm water. We all have our different ways of rinsing, but we find a double-handed splosh while blowing out through your nostrils feels fun and invigorating. Or to be super thorough try rinsing with the help of our organic Muslin Cloth, particularly helpful at night to help wipe away makeup. Whichever way, make sure you do it a few times with a least a couple of water changes or rinses of the cloth. How does that feel? Skin tinglingly sparkly clean, or what?
And for a tingly-clean feeling grand finale – try our Vitamin E Hydrating Toner with our Organic Cotton Rounds X100. Toning is where you can swipe away any remaining cleansing residue or dead skin cells that just hang on till the bitter end. Toning helps balance your skin, and beauty experts believe this makes your skin more receptive to moisture and hydration products that follow. Our Vitamin E Toner is great for all skin types, infused with vitamin E and soya oil from Brazil, it’s gentle and beautifully hydrating, leaving skin feeling clean.
What types of cleansers are there?
Foam cleansers for oily skin
Oily skin needs a no-nonsense cleanse that leaves skin feeling like there’s no excess oil hanging around on the surface. That said, no one wants skin that feels overly dry, either – especially if your skin’s sebum (your face’s natural oil) is naturally go-go-go. When you use products that strip your skin of moisture, it can cause your sebaceous glands (where oil is produced) to try and compensate, leaving your skin right back where you started – looking and feeling oily. Instead, go for our best foaming cleanser for oily skin, the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser. This bestseller has a dense, creamy foam that feels refreshing on skin, not over-drying. Instead, the mild and gentle formula helps to cleanse, leaving oily and blemish-prone skin feeling fresh and looking matte. Or why not try our Drops of YouthTM Gentle Foaming Wash, a vegan cleanser that doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy, but revitalised and soft.
Cleansers for dry skin
For a gentle but deeply nourishing feeling, our best cleanser for dry skin is our Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-In-Gel. Combining the best of two textures in one cleansing oil, it’s enriched with a blend of three precious seed oils – black cumin oil, rosehip oil and camellia oil – in a formula that feels luxurious on skin with a gorgeous scent, all culminating in one sensorial cleansing experience. Helping skin to feel hydrated, not dry or greasy, this caring cleanser helps to dissolve the day’s grime and impurities as well as effectively remove makeup, even the stubborn sort for eyes. That means your skin is left feeling clean and looking purified. But more than just being clean – dry skin is left feeling soft and replenished with moisture for up to 72 hours.
Cleansers for sensitive skin
If we’re being all proper about it, you should know that sensitive skin is not a skin type, but a skin concern. That could be because your skin’s natural moisture barrier isn’t quite working as it should do, holding on to all the lovely moisture your skin needs to feel soft and hydrated. Instead, your skin might feel tight, taut, dry or irritated. That’s why your face needs mild mannered formulas and a light touch to feel calmed and comfortable again. Our best cleanser for dry, sensitive skin has got to be the Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser. Feeling gentle and moisturising on skin, this cleansing cream helps to remove makeup and impurities effectively, easily wiping off without any greasy feeling. Or if you prefer the feel of oil on your skin, try our Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. Either way, your skin will feel clean, soothed and softer.
Cleansers for combination skin
Combination skin typically displays the same oiliness as oily skin types, but only in the T-zone (that’s your forehead, chin and nose, FYI). The rest of your face might feel like a normal skin type, or be dry. That means you basically need very different things for different parts of your face. Helping you to find a bit of balance, our Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash is our best cleanser for combination skin. It helps to effectively eliminate impurities, makeup and excess oil, shoo-ing off those nasties that can shore up on your face in a formula that’s enriched with seaweed from Roaring Water Bay, Ireland. Lathering well without blocking pores, it’s a total refresher of a cleanser, helping skin to look less shiny and feel moisturised, softer and pure after rinsing.