ask an esthetician: cleanser

Q:  what cleanser should i use?

A: your best cleanser choice should clean your skin thoroughly but not so much that it feels tight or dry after you rinse.

Longer Answer: read on + some recommendations!

the best cleanser for you is one that cleans off the debris of the day (sophisticated SPFs, environmental stuff, makeup, moisturizers etc) and leaves your skin feeling comfortable. if your skin feels too tight or hot or dry or sensitive to touch, your cleanser is too strong or stripping for your skin.

our skin has a lovely protective barrier on it. and if we use too strong of cleanser too often, we might damage that barrier. then our skin is more susceptible to irritation, discoloration, and dryness. so we want to use a cleanser made of components that can break down excess oil and debris, but not strip the skin.

i LOVE oil cleansers for just this reason. oils work well to break down cosmetic ingredients and the lighter oil our skin produces but typically leave your skin calm and smooth. most of today’s oil-based cleansers rinse clean, leaving your skin dewy and fresh.

here’s a link to my fave oil-based cleanser: Bioelements Sensitive Skin Cleanser

now, i’ve heard from clients over the years that simply don’t like the feel of an oil cleanser; they never feel quite *clean*. so i’ve searched high and low for 2 other cleansers that give you more of that traditional cleanser foam and feel:

SkinFitness Deep Pore Sensitive and Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser

you can review the ingredients and see if your preferred skin care line has something similar. or, you can order the Bioelements and Farmaesthetics cleansers yourself (i need to order the SkinFitness for ya).

i do NOT recommend cleansers with salicylic or fruit acid ingredients. your cleanser should have an alkaline pH to properly break down your skin oils.  plus, salicylic and most other acids need to be left on the skin to achieve their goals.

more Qs? let’s see if i have the As … hit me up or come see me for a sugar!


common sense disclaimer:  i am not a doctor or a therapist. so if you need immediate medical attention, please call your health professional.