There are Many Different Methods by Which to Cleanse the Skin
The end result, however, is always to remove dirt, oil, and dead cells at the surface of your skin.
There is no standard or “by the book” routine that will work for everyone. This category has multitudes of products, some of which can cause more harm than good. Products can include abrasives, clarifiers, cleansing creams, cleansing lotions, soaps, toners, or astringents.
Something as simple as a “well-known” soap that you may use in the shower or bath can be an irritant. Therefore, it is important to understand your skin, the various types and meaning of cleansers, and what your needs are. Do you have flawless skin, normal skin, mature skin, combination skin, or oily skin? Are you having a flare-up of acne or are there major concerns with on-going acne? Are you dealing with radiation or chemotherapy for cancer treatments? Is your face always dry with patches of flaky skin? Does cold weather or hot weather affect the appearance of your skin?
Once this has been determined, and it can change, you need to find the products that will best handle these specific needs. In order to do so, you need to understand the significance or importance of the ingredients within each product, i.e., is it one of the first ingredients mentioned or one of the last? The most significant ingredient is listed first; the least significant is listed last except in the case of OTC Drugs.
The Type of Cleanser you Need Should be Based on Skin Condition and Skin Type
Numerous variations exist within each product group. Most of them are mild with regard to feel. Yet, that does not guarantee mildness. Therefore, you need to discover the range of products within your skin type and find one that feels comfortable to you and works effectively.
• Abrasives or Scrubs remove dead cells, excess oils and dirt. Most products, including Buf-Puf, are abrasive and can easily damage or scar the skin. Products claiming to be exfoliators should also be smooth in texture. Any graininess can, again, be too irritating or abrasive.
• Clarifiers strip the skin. Many contain acetone or similar ingredients. Even though some physicians like these because it can exfoliate, we do not recommend products containing acetone, which is toxic.
• Cleansing Lotions are traditionally used to remove the oily residue left after applying a cream. Some contain alcohol, which can leave your face drier than you need or want. Try to find a cleansing lotion with no alcohol or as little alcohol as possible. There are a few lotions that add moisture and keep the face from drying out.
• Soaps have always been the most popular type of cleanser. They are, however far from the best means to cleanse the skin. Soaps can be very misleading because of the tremendous variety of products, which include “detergent soap bars” and some very irritating ingredients.
• Astringents and Toners do not really “tone” the skin, but rather de-fat the surface of your skin. They effectively remove grease, oil and dirt without leaving any residue. Astringents contain drying alcohol so you may find these too drying, even for oily skin. Most, including Witch Hazel, also contain coal tar derivatives, which can be irritating to some people. These may feel cool on the skin but hey will begin to over-stimulate oil glands within 4-6 weeks of daily use. Toners are milder than astringents, they help the skin feel cool and refreshed while possibly eliminating mild irritations.
Competitive Cleansing Products for Your Skincare Routine
We know that our clients demand exceptional value, without ever compromising on quality. Our team is committed to keeping prices competitive, while at the same time as offering excellent therapeutic skin-care preparations that can really make a difference. To find out more about our products or to place an order, call us at (800) 922-2883.