When it comes to face wash, the possibilities are endless. Whether you have skin that sheds and cracks more than the skin of a boa constrictor, or a complexion of radiance and shine, there is a face wash for you.
Personally, I have skin that cries out for hydration and never seems to be able to quench it's thirst. Although I should be thankful that pimples are somewhat of a rare occurrence for me, it's no easy task to take on dry skin. That being said, this post will focus slightly more on the best face washes for those who struggle with "flakey face" for its what I've experimented more with.
First things first, I believe in the more products the merrier. I find that my face quickly becomes immune to the beneficial nutrients in face washes, so I constantly have to rotate between products in order to ensure I receive all the care that my skin so proudly deserves. This is why I have incorporated two face washes into my skincare routine; a morning face wash and a nighttime face wash.
The moment I wake up in the morning and after chugging a full glass of water I can't wait to approach my bathroom sink and start my regimen for the day. I know it sounds a little silly, but I get so much bliss and satisfaction from prepping my skin for the day. Recently, I start off by splashing my face with cold water and lathering it with Olay Foaming Face Wash. This face wash is a drug store brand and costs roughly around $7. I find that in the morning I can afford to use a simple wash like this one because my nighttime routine, which I will speak about next, removes the impurities from my skin so that the only thing that I'm trying to scrub away from my complexion is a good nights rest. Although this face wash is oil-free, I find it's still soothing enough that it doesn't strip my face of its natural oils and helps to keep my skin hydrated when interacting with my serum and face cream throughout the day. Overall I find that this face wash gets the job done and makes my face a fresh base for the rest of my morning skin care routine. The only downside I would say about this product is that it contains phonexyethanol, which is a preservative that is unfortunately found in most products. Small doses are not harmful but it is definitely something that should be monitored. Since I think its very important to constantly switch up face wash to ensure that nutrients within the cleanser are properly working and interacting with the skin, it only makes sense to save money on this aspect of your skin care routine so you can splurge on trying out different products. That being said, although I wouldn't argue that this step is the most important in achieving healthy skin, it is essential to be conscious that the face wash that you do decide on is free from parabens and
other harmful chemicals!
Once the sun sets and nighttime approaches things begin to change up a bit and get a little more luxurious. After a long day of work, school, or even just running errands and enjoying whatever it is you are doing, your skin is exposed to countless amounts of bacteria, toxins, dirt, and grime. It can be scary to think back of how many things you touched during the day right before rubbing your nose or resting your hand on your cheek. It's safe to say that our face endures ALOT in 16 hours - obviously assuming that you get those 8 hours of sleep a night! Since it's important to clean out those pores and remove all those negativities from your face it only makes sense to use the best face wash to achieve the radiant results we desire. This is where I find myself splurging and committing to a face wash that scrubs away the bad and the ugly. What I have been using for the last few months is a cross between a face wash and an oil. Since I have dry skin I find that sometimes intense face washes not only strip the toxins from my face, but they tend to run away with the essential oils that my face needs to feel fresh and alive. This is where face wash oils play an important part in my nighttime routine. The face wash oil that I have developed a intimate relationship with is the the Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser. This oil cleanser delves deep into my skin and sucks out everything from the day that can harm my complexion while at the same time leaving a brightening residue that hydrates my skin and keeps it happy. While reading this you may be thinking that I'm absolutely crazy putting oil on my bare face, but as I mentioned before my dry and brittle skin thanks me for it and doesn't punish me with pimples but instead awards me with blemish-free skin! Argan Oil is filled with fatty acids and antioxidants which results in plump lively skin instead of a dull and washed-out looking face. Not only this, but this cleanser is loaded with certified organic ingredients which is always a bonus! Who doesn't love organic? What's great about this cleanser is it works as a makeup remover as well, so it ensures that squeaky clean result we all aim for. To use this cleanser you begin with a dry face and lather two pumps of the oil all over. It definitely is a strange sensation to become accustomed to for it's stiff and unusual, but you'll get the hang of it! Once the oil is spread all over the face add a splash of water so that the oil can do it's magic and transform into a milky residue that lathers and cleanses. After the makeup melts of your face rinse with water and follow with your usual skin care process. This oil cleanser is roughly $32 and can be purchased online at josiemaran.com or at Sephora, which is where I purchase mine from.
Although these face cleansers are the ones that I hold true to my heart right now, I have a few more that are worth a mention...
1. Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel: This is a great daily cleanser for those with more oily skin. It gently cleanses the face, but is a little tougher on blemish areas to reduce and remove pimples. For times that I do break out this is an automatic go to for me! Approx. $32.
2. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam: This cleanser is also perfect to start the day off as it is suitable for all skin types and is built with a brightening complex that instantly delivers a radiant glow to the face. The only thing I dislike about this cleanser is it leaves that skin feeling slightly stiff if it isn't followed by a hydrating skin cream. Approx: $9.
3. Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm: This cleansing balm is similar to the Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser as it is oil based and strips the face of impurities while transforming into a milky, hydrating foam. The only thing I disliked about this product is that there is no pump and instead you have to dig out the product with your fingers from a jar. Not recommended for those long nail lovers! Approx. $45.
As easy as it is to continue writing about my favourite cleanser and all the amazing properties that come with them, this blog post could eventually develop into a short novel. I'll leave it at this for now and be sure to keep updates on new products that I recommend, dislike, and experiment with!
Stay healthy, happy, & hydrated!
Liss - xx.