Choosing the right cleanser.
At a very superficial glance, if you’ve got no specific skin complaints - cleansers for normal skin are for you to maintain a healthy, balanced skin. Shiny around the t-zone (forehead and nose) but drier patches elsewhere - you’ll want a cleanser for combination skin. More breakouts than you’d like - grab a bacteria-busting clay cleanser for blemish-prone skin. And if you’ve got more reactive skin types, with occasional redness - a refreshing cleansing gel for sensitive skin is great to cleanse without over drying. If you’re already dry and sensitive, switch it for a creamy milk cleanser. Now we’ve narrowed down the options a little - here’s some cleansing tips and tricks for all skin types.
Double (cleanse) up.
The ever-famous double cleanse: it’s a two-step cleanse routine to keep skin optimally clean and clear. Start with a creamy, hydrating cleanser first to remove your skincare, makeup and SPF and follow up with a water-based cleansing gel (based on your aforementioned skin type) to rid your pores of sweat and dirt. Cleanse & Reveal Hot Cloth Cleanser is the perfect clean-to-planet alternative to single-use facial wipes, while effectively and gently exfoliating and smoothing your facial skin. Once you’ve washed with your water-based cleanser, follow-up with a micellar water to remove any final traces of makeup and debris, leaving a perfectly cleansed base, helping the rest of your skincare to absorb.
But don’t over-do it, either.
Our sulphate-free, cruelty-free cleansers are formulated to be pH balanced, never upsetting the natural balance or good bacteria of your skin. But harsh cleansing routines can strip away your natural oils, especially counterproductive for oily or combination skin, as it can make your skin compensate by producing more oil. We also debunk the myth that using cold water will minimise your pores - too cold or too hot temperatures actually shock your skin, too hot especially can cause broken capillaries. For pore control - a double cleansing routine is enough, and always use tepid or lukewarm water, which is best for skin. If you feel you may be guilty of an over-cleanse, microbiome-restoring Perfect Canvas Primer and Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream will help rebalance good bacteria and get your skin back on a healthy track.
Boost your cleanser.
That said, there’s no harm in giving your cleanser an upgrade. Every skin type - but especially city-dwelling skin - is at risk of going a little dull or grey from pollution exposure. Falling victim? Give your cleanser a brightening boost with a pea-sized amount of Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial and massage over your face (avoiding the eye area) as you usually would. The potent Vitamin C will be activated by the water in your gel cleanser, powering through pollution, delivering active ingredients and restoring energy to your skin. It’s also better for sensitive skin, which using Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial may be too potent for. If your skin is especially sensitive and you're wary of strong Vitamin C treatments, you can still get the glow with a gentle exfoliating cleanser - all in one step.
Lastly - keep it clean.
Now you’ve officially mastered the art of cleansing - take some steps to keep your skin clean. Cleansers are formulated to remove makeup - so they’re especially great at cleaning makeup brushes, stopping them transferring built up bacteria back onto your freshly-cleansed face. It may seem like a waste of product, but it’s keeping your skin clean - which is the principle of any cleanser - right? To combat pollution, after you’ve applied the last step of your makeup - or skincare routine if you’re going fresh faced - spritz with Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist. It forms an invisible barrier helping to stop pollutants and free radicals from reaching your skin. And as they sit on the skin - they’ll be easier to wash off later during your nightly cleanse.