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The simple act of washing our faces at night is a daily ritual we share with men and women all around the world. A good cleanser can make this ritual feel like a pleasure, rather than a chore. If you noticed your cleanser is too drying, you might like to switch to one that makes your skin feel soft and taken care of. Although it is easy to use a cleanser to wash off your makeup, I am a firm believer in using makeup remover and toner. This way you are not tugging and pulling at your skin, especially if you wear waterproof or long-wearing makeup. In my teens, a friend who had the most beautiful skin gave me some sage advice on how to wash my face the right way. First use warm water (never hot) and once you are done, finish off the ritual with cooler water. I feel this closes up my pores. Dab, dab, don’t rub, to dry. Apply your moisturizer (and other products) immediately after. Waiting even a few minutes can leave your skin seriously dry. This would be a problem for me, as I have very dry skin to begin with. Skin that is freshly washed and still a little damp is much more willing and able to absorb your skincare products.
These are the cleansers I am rotating in my face washing ritual right now. Put them on your radar and you might ditch your current cleanser.
Georgette Klinger products tugs at my heartstrings because, like me, their founder came over to the US from former Czechoslovakia. The year was 1941 and Georgette Klinger brought the best of European skincare to Madison Avenue. Needless to say, I love the entire line. The Coconut Cleansing Milk is velvety soft and feels luxurious. The coconut scent is very mild and not overpowering. While this cleanser is great for all skin types, I find it to be an ideal match for my dry to combination skin. It is everything you might desire from the perfect cleanser, non-drying, non-irritating, and provides much-needed moisture without greasiness.
The founders of Planted In Beauty have created ideal products for those looking to embrace overall well-being. For many years, Lynne Florio and Renee Tavoularis worked at La Prairie. They are on a new journey now, heading towards healthy living. Planted In Beauty’s approach to beauty is more than just skincare. The brand’s founders are strong advocates for beauty that starts within; using the powers of nutrition and holistic wellness. It is a lifestyle brand. I am loving all of their products, but the cleanser is my favorite. At the end of the day, daily pollution and toxins can disrupt the health of your skin. The Soothe + Soften Cleansing Emulsion is gentle yet effective. It leaves my skin soft, feeling fresh and hydrated. Plant extracts of White Lily and Jasmine make this a unique cleanser – one that I reach for every day.
Although I love DIY beauty, when my friends ask me to come up with sugar cleanser recipes, I point them to MyChelle. MyChelle is one of my favorite healthy brands. Their non-toxic formulas are ideal for anyone looking to clean up their skincare routine. I am just obsessed with this cleanser and use it sparingly once or twice a week. It is extremely gentle, yet effective. If you happen to be fond of delicate exfoliation, the sugar turns into a beautiful foam that really cleans it up. The delicate sugar scent makes cleaning your face a fun experience, one that leaves your skin radiant and ready to take on the day.