Cleansing the face is such an underrated part of any skincare routine. Which is usually why when the skin starts acting up and breaks out, we tend to put the blame on everything under the sun, including our scrubs, serums and moisturisers, not realizing that the real culprit might be something we least suspect, something right under our nose—our trusted cleanser.
But surely something that is meant to help remove dirt, impurities and bacteria won’t be causing those nasty pimples and blackheads, right? Well, it most definitely can. A cleanser not meant for your skin type will wreak all sorts of havoc on the skin, not only causing you to break out, but also cause the skin to dry out or feel extremely sticky and oily.
So what are some signs that your cleanser isn’t doing its job?
Your skin feels too dry
We love a squeaky clean face, right? Well, if your skin feels that a little too much, it means that it is excessively drying out your skin. What’s funny is that you probably don’t notice that your skin starts to feel oily and sticky not too long after you’ve cleansed your face. This is because the skin over compensates for the natural oils that were stripped off due to the harsh formulation by producing more oil. In the long run, it can cause your pores to get clogged, resulting in whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.
Your skin feels irritated
In the case where your skin feels a tingling or burning sensation while using a particular cleanser, it might be possible that the product contains ingredients that don't suit your skin or is allergic to. Ingredients such as sulfates, parabens and fragrances can very easily cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Your skin feels too sticky
If despite cleansing, your skin continues to feel oily, sticky and greasy, it’s possible that the formulation is too gentle and isn't removing the dirt and impurities effectively. This can result in a full looking complexion, along with frequent breaking out due to clogged pores.
If you experience any of the above, it’s most likely that the cleanser you’re using is not suited to your skin type. Once you’ve identified whether your skin is dry, oily, combination or sensitive, you’ll be able to make better and informed choices about the type of cleanser you choose.
Types of cleansers for different skin types
There are many different kinds of facial cleansers, but we’ll keep things short and simple.
For oily skin type, your best bet is a foaming cleanser. It helps to remove excess oil while maintaining optimum pH levels. However, it’s important to note that moisturizing and hydrating post cleansing is extremely important. Yes, even for oily skin.
For dry skin, a gel cleanser, consisting of hydrating and moisturizing ingredients like vitamin E, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid are recommended. They don’t allow excessive stripping of natural oils, keeping the skin feeling comfortably hydrated.
For sensitive skin types, a gentle cleanser without harsh exfoliants is the best one to opt for. Artificial fragrances, colours, and alcohol should be steered clear of as they can further aggravate the skin’s sensitivity, causing flare ups and inflammation.
What more can you do to get the most out of your cleansing routine?
- Make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly before you touch your face. This prevents the dirt and bacteria present on your hands from transferring onto the skin where they can cause more havoc.
- Double cleanse, especially if you’re wearing makeup. Like dissolves like, and since most cosmetics contain oils, using an oil based cleanser allows it to dissolve and get removed much more easily and quickly. Next, go in with a water based cleanser to get rid of any leftover impurities.
- Don’t substitute the oil-based cleanser for a raw or natural oil. While the former contain emulsifiers which ensure that they get washed off, the latter can leave a thin film on the surface of the skin, causing further clogging of pores and hence breakouts.
- Cleanse properly by gently massaging every inch of the skin in circular motions. Don’t rub too vigorously, as it can cause redness and irritation.
The Leovard Multicleanser
This cleanser, unlike any other, is perfectly suitable for all skin types, especially those battling sensitive skin that easily reacts and gets inflamed. Its natural and organic formula make it perfect for everyday use, without compromising on its ability to get the job done immaculately.
The papaya extract allows for gentle exfoliation, the ginger helps reduce blemishing and dullness by providing rejuvenation, oat kernel helps with soothing and green tea aids in brightening of the skin’s complexion.
The added botanical oils, along with hyaluronic acid help to give a boost of hydration, while salicylic acid helps fight acne and lactic acid slows down early aging.
All in all, this product is wonderfully delightful and you won’t be surprised if it makes you ditch all the others. And that is what we like to call the Leovard effect.
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