Cleansing … the foundational first step of your routine. Seems pretty straightforward, right? You wash your face and then move on to the rest of your routine, and yes that is all true… but cleansers do so much more than they are given credit for.
Let’s start with the basics. Cleansers remove bacteria, dead & loosened skin cells, dirt and oil from the skin. While it seems like a simple process, choosing the right cleanser can also help balance hydration levels, exfoliate or help control oil production. Many cleansers on the market contain harsh detergents called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). skoah cleansers do not contain SLS because they dehydrate and strip the skin of natural oils. Our cleansing agents range from coconut based, oil free surfactants to vegetable-based emulsifiers for a gentler pH balanced cleanse.
So why do we cleanse?
The first is the obvious one - to remove buildup, whether that be dirt, oil or any other unwanted debris. Without washing, the skin would be covered by a thick layer of dirt and grime, making it difficult for other products to penetrate skin properly.
The second reason is to boost hydration. That’s right, we aren’t just cleaning the skin, but also ensuring that the skin is maintaining a proper level of hydration, which helps manage the pH level of the skin, thus enabling sufficient water and product retention.
And last, but not least - to maintain clear skin. Under the skin, there are tiny glands that produce sebum, our naturally occurring oil, which protects the skin from the danger of outside elements. These glands use hair follicles within the skin as a pathway to allow the oil to reach the skin's surface to form a barrier that prevents penetration of bacteria or other harmful agents. Any excessive dirt built up on the surface of the skin can cause blockage of the follicle, trapping the sebum, sweat and dead skin cells. The lack of sebum on the skin’s surface allows bacteria to penetrate the follicle causing inflammation and potentially blemishes and acne. Proper cleaning of the skin clears pores of debris to prevent buildup and allows sebum to reach skin surface unimpeded.
What if you stopped cleansing?
As we discussed above, your pores may get clogged, resulting in the development of blemishes. Also, you could experience a combination of severe redness, dryness, and irritation from insufficient hydration. This, in turn, can develop into incredible itchiness, and the desire to constantly scratch your face, which could lead to breaks and tears in the skin.
So, to re-cap - the benefits of cleansing in 4 quick points:
- Your skin will look radiant and healthy
- Helps maintain proper skin care
- Helps with anti-aging and high-performance products to work properly
- Encourages proper skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oil
skoah kleansers quick facts:
kleansing lotion - highly refined olive oil to lift away impurities without stripping your skin of the good oils it needs. Great for normal to dry skin. Use with dry hands onto a dry face and then rinse with water.
gel kleanser - oil-free, coconut esters create a microfoam that lifts away impurities on the skin. Great for normal to oily skin and anyone who prefers a squeaky clean finish. Can be used directly on a wet face and is a great in shower cleanser option.
kream kleanser - shea butter adds and retains moisture and keeps skin calm while cleansing with this fragrance-free cleanser. Acetyl dipeptide-1 calms irritation, sensitive skin, and puffiness. Perfect for dry, sensitive or mature skin. Use with dry hands onto a dry face and then rinse with water.
charcoal kleanser - charcoal is a natural detoxifier and helps draw out impurities in the skin, tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial ingredient and also contains salicylic acid for oil control. Coconut esters cleanse the skin without stripping the skin. Great for oily, blemish-prone skin or a deep cleansing for all skin types.
PRO tip: alternate with your regular cleanser if oily, use weekly for normal skin or mix it with kleansing lotion or kream kleanser if dry to get the deep cleanse with added moisture.
klearity kleanser - this oil free cleanser contains alpha hydroxy acid for a gentle exfolation and tea tree & cimicifuga extract to treat blackheads and blemishes. Use this kleanser as a treatment cleanser as needed to prevent overdrying your skin.
skrubbin’ face wash - 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser. Ground up pumice to slough away any dead skin, hyaluronic acid, meadowfoam and sea kelp algae to help rebuild skin cells. Perfect for anyone that needs a fast and easy way to regularly exfoliate.
rock wash face polish - 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser has the consistency of a lotion but also contains super ground up pumice to remove dead skin and designed for thicker and durable skin. Good to use daily.
deep klean + moisturize - this moisturizing cleansing balm deeply cleanses your skin while adding a heavy dose of moisturization. Contains rice powder and rice brain oil & extract to condition, soften and nourish skin.