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Cleansing when talked about in skincare is the first step in the regimen and is specifically designed to remove dirt, oil, makeup, and environmental pollutants from the surface of the skin. It's recommended by most to clean your face every morning & night but not to overdo it to prevent tripping the acid mantle*. Let's go over the differences in cleansers and which one you should look out for.

Foaming cleansers

Skin characteristics: combination or oily skin, which can be acne-sensitive. The foam will reach in to clear out pores, remove dirt and also remove makeup.

Gel cleansers

Skin characteristics: normal, combination, or oily skin and skin that is sensitive to redness and acne. They offer deep cleansing with just one wash and also decongest pores, remove excess oil, and clean out acne-causing bacteria.

Creme & lotion cleansers

Skin characteristics: normal, dry & sensitive skin. They do not produce much lather or strip away the skin’s natural oils, hence will not leave your skin dry and dehydrated. They, however, tend to leave a creamy texture that can cause clogging.

Cleansing Balm & Oils

Skin characteristics: all skin types. These are great to break down makeup and act as a pre-cleanser.

Micellar water, water-based cleansers & liquid make-up removers

Skin characteristics: all skin types. Follow with a traditional facial cleanser to ensure that no leftover makeup stays on your skin. Great to have in your makeup kit.

Cleansing wipes

I suggest you do not use. They will not take all your makeup off and increase the aging process from the wiping of the skin and can cause irritation.

Soap (cleansing bars)

I suggest you do not use. They can leave the skin very dry and clog pores.

I personally clean my face at night due to my skin leaning more to the dry side. I do occasionally spray my cucumber toner in the morning and gently wipe with a cotton round, moisturize, SPF, and out the door. Micellar water is a great option for mornings as well. Observe your skin daily and see what it needs. One cleanser won't do it all but the right one can make a huge difference. What cleanser do you use?

Believing in you!

- Joleen Rose

Additional info

*acid mantle

is a very fine, slightly acidic film on the surface of human skin acting as a barrier to bacteria, viruses, and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin.

Client Favorite: Skin Script, Green Tea Cleanser

Great for normal/combination skin, mild teen-age acne, men and is even gentle enough for rosacea and sensitive skin. This classic foamy green tea cleanser removes excess oils while the green tea antioxidants calm the skin giving it a radiant glow. It also does double-duty by removing make-up. Lemon deep cleans while yucca soothes the skin

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