Cleansers. What exactly is the final word on this much (mis)used beauty staple?
A cleanser is often our initiation into skin care. After a trusty deodorant, cleansers are swiftly introduced to the chaotic bathroom shelf of a teen and evolve as dramatically and whole heartedly as our skin over time. From the foaming pumps of our youth, to the aspirational elixir’s that promise to rid our skin of years of mistreatment and environmental exposure, the actual purpose of the humble cleanser can often get lost over the years of skin care regime metamorphoses.
Back To Basics...
Essentially, the reason for a cleanser is to gently rid the facial skin of makeup and daily impurities. As the name implies, after exposure to daily pollutants, our faces need to be cleansed to re-establish pH levels and eradicate grime, sunscreen, make up and particulate matter from pollution in our environment. These factors, if not removed can clog pores, and more importantly, lead to skin ageing. What they should not do is strip the skin of sebum (the oil that hydrates and protects it), promote hydration as a priority (that’s the job of a great daily moisturiser), prove effective only when used within a complicated regime beginning with a scrub, or break the bank!
What we recommend...
As a staple, these three cleansers are fantastic for their simple, no nonsense approach to effectively getting the job done whilst not having a bearing on your house deposit savings;
1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (250ml) - $25.70
The best of the budget bunch, Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser is a favourite for a number of reasons. Free from harsh fragrances and soap, this product helps maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance, doesn’t block pores (non-comedogenic) and can still effectively remove daily makeup.
2. Propaira Eczema Prone Skin Ultra Calming Cleansing Gel (100ml) - $24.95
Eczema and acne are two of the most prevalent skin conditions around and using the right cleanser can be paramount in controlling the production of oil that can contribute to the condition. Many cleansers disrupt the skin barrier, harshly stripping the skin of its essential oils leaving the pores unprotected and wide open to pollutants. Aside from that, the body will naturally attempt to re-establish oil levels and will over likely produce instead, resulting in even more oil and even more acne. Propaira Eczema Prone Skin Ultra Calming Cleansing Gel has been designed to cleanse the skin without itchiness, dryness, redness, burning, stinging and tingling. It is formulated with Niacinamide (our holy grail) to help calm and reduce inflammation associated with acne.
3. Missha Super Stop Cleansing Oil (305ml) - $45.90
Although not the cheapest of the bunch, Super Stop Cleansing Oil from Missha has a powerful ingredient not overly prevalent (yet) in Australian skin cleansers. Pollustop is a revolutionary lab created ingredient that forms a non-occlusive film on the skin to protect against pollution. With a dramatic increase in urban pollutants over the past few years, the introduction of powerful ingredients like pollustop into skin care will become extremely beneficial to fighting skin stress caused from unavoidable exposure to harmful UV and environmental pollutants.