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We have been receiving many queries with regards to Cleansers! So we have decided to write this short blog to answer your queries!
Here is a PART 1 of Choosing your cleansers!
DID YOU KNOW CLEANSING ACTUALLY DAMAGES YOUR SKIN?
Cleansing your skin is damaging as it not only removes sebum, dirt, makeup and sunscreen on your skin. It also removes very important lipids which helps prevents moisture-loss on your skin! (more on it later)
However, it is necessary to get rid of all these unwanted harmful chemicals and particles that has accumulated on your skin throughout the day as they will tend to clog your pores, cause outbreaks and even make your skin look dull and lack-lustered.
1. HOW DOES CLEANSING YOUR SKIN WORK?
This is mainly done by using surfactants! What are they? They are ingredients that helps to remove all the grime and strips the surface of your skin clean of all these unwanted stuff. These ingredients are very common in your everyday items such as body wash, facial cleansers, shampoos and even detergents!
When surfactants are added to water, they come together to form - micelles. Does this sounds familiar to you? Now you know why brands call their cleansing water as Micellar Water!
When harsh/strong surfactants are used to cleanse your skin, both the good oils and unwanted particles are removed. This causes the structure to be disturbed and hence the reason why you get dry, itchy or even irritated skin! Have you experienced this before?
What about tightness in your skin? This is also an effect of some harsh surfactants as they ‘stick’ to proteins in your skin causing them to swell causing that ‘tight’ feeling after cleansing!
2. DOES PH OF CLEANSERS AFFECT MY SKIN
Our skin’s natural pH is around 5.5 - which is mildly acidic. This is important as our skin functions within a small bandwidth pH of 4.5 - 6.5. This preserves the ‘acid mantle’ - protective barrier on surface of skin composed of sweat, skin oils, and dead skin cells. It protects our skin from bacteria, fungi, viruses, environmental pollutants, makes skin soft and supple — it does everything! Hence having a cleanser that is slightly acidic helps to maintain its integrity and allows the skin to function normally such us recovery and cell reproduction.
#FACT - A high pH encourages bacterial growth! If you are suffering from acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and dermatitis, a high pH will leave your skin more susceptible to bacteria growth. This is a reason why our cleanser are always slightly acidic. You can check out our Jeu Demeure Acne Cleanser that has a pH of 5, or our Huangjisoo Cleanser for sensitive skin (~pH 6)
3. INGREDIENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN CLEANSERS
As mentioned previously, the difference in cleansers are the ‘strength’ of their Surfactant. In this case stronger does NOT mean better! Have you ever experience the squeaky feeling that leaves your skin tight and uncomfortable? This is the first sign that the cleanser may be too ‘strong’ and damaging for your skin.
If you are unsure if the ingredient is safe, you can always use free resource websites like EWG and search the ingredient you are investigating! Getting a 0-2 result is ideal.
We are not asking you to stop cleansing! We are asking you to choose your cleansers wisely. As many of you that have written in to us have been hearing us repeatedly emphasising, “Your cleansers are the most important step to your skincare regime! It determines how effective your after care products will be!”
We will be touching on the different types of cleansers - Foam, Gel and Oil Cleansers in our next post! So stay tuned if you are keen in finding out how these different cleansers can make a difference on your skin.