Skin Care 101: Cleansers

Trust me, your skin needs and wants a cleanser.  Clean skin is healthy skin. Or, rather, the first step towards healthy skin is proper (technique and timing), effective (targeted to your needs and wants) cleaning. Complicated right? Only slightly. Thankfully, our skin itself is a great barometer for letting us know when we have it right or wrong. When it is healthy, it looks it: Smooth, hydrated, consistent even color. Often, a doctor can judge a person’s health by their skin.

Skin has three main functions (aside from holding all your parts in); 1: It’s a physical barrier to all the germs and debris we meander through on a daily basis (thank goodness). 2: It helps to regulate body temperature; and 3: It is the vessel for our sense of touch. It is the largest organ you have, and it’s on the outside of your body. Think about that for a second. Your skin, your largest organ, is on the outside of your body. Pretty weird, right? Goes to show just how much we take our skin for granted. We don’t think about what it is exposed to, smeared with, run through, brushed against — it is under almost constant bombardment of external factors, it would makes sense then, that it might have some needs? Some wants?  

The first step in caring for you skin is getting it clean. No doubt skin takes some abuse, and some crazy exposure to all sorts of things we have zero control over. My main reason for choosing products that don’t contain any extra or potentially toxic ingredients, is that  we have so little control on the chemicals and such that we are exposed to, it’s important to moderate the ones we get to choose. Another boon of clean skin it that it allows for more effective penetration of treatment products; and hydration. Source Vital Apothecary offers a selection of amazing cleansers. All  are  “. . .completely natural. . .and result in a remarkable feeling of purity and a healthy, balanced complexion!”
My personal favorite is the Lemon Gel Cleanser.

Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Cleansing Water is the perfect gentle face cleanser and makeup remover for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin.
All Skin Types/Liquid: used with cotton rounds

Features & Benefits

  • No-rinse
  • Non-greasy formula
  • Gently removes impurities, dirt, oil, and makeup
  • Never strips skin of vital moisture and nutrients

Key Ingredients

  • A blend of seaweed, cucumber, and Lavandin Essential Oil makes our Micellar Cleansing Water unlike any other micellar water on the market.
  • Laminaria (brown alga) – Rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, beta carotenes, amino acids, and enzymes to purify, hydrate, soften, and improve the appearance of skin tone and moisture
  • Cucumber Extract – Soothing, purifying, cleansing, reduces the appearance of puffy eyes and skin
  • Lavandin essential oil – Soothing, calming.
Lemon Gel Cleanser – <3

Inspired by the fresh and clean scent of lemon, this gel cleanser is uniquely formulated to remove oil, makeup, and pollutants without drying or upsetting the skin’s delicate pH balance.

Made specifically for oily, combination and acne-prone skin types, Lemon Gel Cleanser is the first step to getting and keeping the complexion free from the appearance of blemishes, spots and enlarged pores. Source Vital has gone on to supercharged it with skin-loving ingredients such as Elder Flower extract, Turmeric Root Powder, USDA Matcha Powder, Copaiba Oil, and Yarrow Oil to amplify the cleanser’s ability to soothe and improve the look of oily, acne-prone skin.”  

Geranium Cleanser

Foaming cleanser too drying? Cream cleanser too greasy? If you fall somewhere between the two, this ultra-mild, non-sudsing, oil-based cleanser is for you.

A blend of pure, natural ingredients thoroughly cleans skin, removing makeup and impurities, without the feeling of dryness or oil imbalance. Geranium Essential Oil lends a sense and harmony for mature skin and those going through hormonal changes.

The complexion is left looking rejuvenated and glowing. Geranium Cleanser, infuses a sustainable, microalgae cleansing oil and eco-certified micellar technology that makes it easier to dissolve makeup, dirt, and oil. Bran Wax was added for feel-good hydration.  

Lavender Cleanser

Over-cleansing with the wrong cleanser for your skin type is one of the main causes of irritation of dry and sensitive skin. This ultra-gentle oil-based cleanser is made with pure, all natural ingredients chosen specifically to care for the look and feel of delicate skin types, while effectively cleansing and removing makeup.

Packed with antioxidants, this cleanser also works to annihilate free radicals that can weaken and age healthy skin. A treat for the skin and senses, our mild cleanser is made with a healthy dose of feel good lavender.

Algae Deep Cleanse

Healthy skin begins with a great cleanser. Great-looking skin starts with keeping pores clean from the excess dirt, oil and grime that can cause breakouts and irritations. Like no other cleanser you have used before, Algae Deep Cleanse is your green beauty go-to – and not just because it’s actually green!

Made from an active blend of seaweed, purifying clay, nourishing botanical oils, and 100% pure essential oils, this formula penetrates deep into pores, leaving the skin thoroughly clean with a refreshing, tingling sensation. When used bright and early in the morning it’s like a cup of coffee for the skin and the senses.

Algae Deep Scrub

Natural Deep Pore Facial Cleanser and Exfoliant with Algae, Rosehip Powder, Kaolin Clay and Hemp Seed OilThis seaweed-based exfoliating cleanser provides all of the deep cleaning, tingling Peppermint action of our popular Algae Deep Cleanse, but cranks up the exfoliating-power with newly added Rosehip Seed Powder, and an algae-based exfoliant with rounded particles, that gently polish skin, leaving pores thoroughly clean and free from dead skin cells, dirt, and other debris.

This scrub is an easy-to-use 2-in-1 product that’s a great addition to our other cleansers and exfoliators. Also infused with a sustainable, microalgae cleansing oil and eco-certified micellar technology that makes it easier to dissolve makeup, dirt, and oil.

Facial Cleanser- unscented

This simple cleanser is creamy and super gentle without added fragrances, colors and other harsh chemicals. Think of it as the all-natural, healthy cousin to mainstream cleansers marketed for ultra-sensitive skin types.  Facial Cleanser Unscented is made with all natural Hi-Oleic Safflower Oil and soothing Aloe Vera Extract to offer thorough cleansing with a light hit of moisture. No stripping or irritation. Just clean, fresh, happy skin.

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Algae Cleansing Face Paste – Sir Vital

Thick and creamy formula effectively cuts through dirt and oil without drying out the skin. Use to wake up the skin and senses first-thing in the morning or to refresh after a long day. 

Made from 100% natural, hard-working ingredients that nourish the skin and keep it looking free from blemishes, irritation and the signs of age.

So many choices though!

Choosing a cleanser is half, what is best for your skin type; and half what your personal preference is in the cleanser itself, cream/milk, foam, gel, or water/liquid. Effectively cleansed skin should feel refreshed, and clean; but never tight. One should not go for “squeaky clean”, that is a scrub too far, and better left for the next blog: Exfoliation! Good God ya’ll, what is it good for?”  A good clean will leave your skin feeling refreshed and ready for the next step in your regieme. 

These are just some guidelines to help you narrow in on what texture cleanser might be best for your skin according to its type (Normal, dry,oily, combination, sensitive, acneic, and mature). This handy table will give some good insight into your options. There are some cleanser types that work better with particular skin types, but again, your preference is the ultimate decision maker.

Stay tuned dear reader. In the next blog post we will examine the importance of a good scrub.

Cheers, thanks a lot.

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