Top 5 MUST HAVE ingredients in your cleanser. What are they?
The top 5 MUST HAVE ingredients to look for in your cleanser. What are they? What can do they do for your skin? The most common misconception with cleansers is that they’re used simply to wash off all the dirt, grime and buildup of products we put onto our faces every day. To many, cleansers are simply a product used for cleaning and not much more. Sometimes we even get lazy or we’re too tired from a night out and can’t be bothered cleansing our faces.
There’s plenty of excuses for not wanting to cleanse your face. You’ll drop into bed and tell yourself, your skin will manage just one day without being cleansed. However we are here to tell you how wrong that is. Much like ensuring you start your makeup routine with a great base primer; cleansing is an absolute necessity and there are certain ingredients in cleansers to look out for that help pack that extra punch for your skin.
It’s important to know that your cleanser is just as important as your moisturiser, toner or essence. With the right cleanser for your skin type and the right formulas, a cleanser can work wonders for your skin. They can help brighten, tone, smooth, nourish and hydrate and even clear your skin. A great cleanser can be the saving grace for your skin but this all depends on whether or not you know what to look for to turn a cleanser from being simply “okay” to being great!
Here are the top 5 ingredients to look for in your cleanser:
Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. They provide skin with the first line of defence against UV rays, weather changes and the effects of ageing.
Blueberries for example are part of the much loved super fruit family and hold many benefits for the skin. They contain resveratrol, an antioxidant known to protect the skins barrier while also soothing redness and calming skin irritation.
They are the king of antioxidants and protect our skin and bodies from unstable molecules that can damage cellular structures. Antioxidants can also help to reduce DNA damage which can help to slow down the ageing process.
To summarise, antioxidants hold a handful of benefits to the skin and including them as part of your cleanser means you’re giving your skin the best chance to fight any signs of damage.
AHAs are alpha hydroxy acids – a class of chemical compounds that can be either naturally occurring or synthetic.
These acids offer a chemical exfoliation as an alternative to manual exfoliation, working primarily by dissolving the bonds between skin cells to allow the removal of dead cells and a subsequently smoother skin surface.
Though we may tend to think that AHAs strip the skin, they actually do quite the opposite and help keep our skin nice and hydrated.
Their main purpose is to resurface the top layer of the skin, leaving it smoother and tighter.
A consistent use of AHAs can help reduce the size of pores as they work to speed up the dead skin cell removal process in our skin to remove dirt, impurities and pollution that make the skin look dull as opposed to its natural glow. AHAs can also be found in skin peels, serums and creams.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin to keep it refreshed, stable and encourages skin cell renewal. It is however much loved for its ability to retain water and is known for its ability to hold up to 1000x its weight in water.
As a general fun fact; we are actually born with extremely high levels of hyaluronic acid which is why the skin on babies is so plump and dewy.
Through the skin ageing process our skin becomes drier and its ability to retain water lessens. This results in loss of firmness and causes fine lines. Collagen is mainly made of water and this is exactly what keeps skin looking youthful.
Hyaluronic acid can benefit all skin types. It’s obviously great for dry and mature skin due to its hydrating and anti-aging properties, but it can also help to improve and benefit those that have oilier complexions or combination skin.
Each skin type needs hydration and the lightweight formulation of hyaluronic acid is perfect as it feels weightless on the skin, whilst still packing a punch and providing much needed moisture the skin craves.
When it comes to skin brightening ingredients, our favourite is Peony.
According to traditional Chinese medicine; Poeny is also known as the “King of Flowers”.
As part of skincare, Peony can help for a youthful-looking glow. As our skin gets older its ability to renew surface cells slows down. This is a natural process called desquamation which involves the shedding of dead skin cells buildup on skin’s surface to reveal new, brighter-looking skin.
Due to this, our skin can lose its natural pink tone which is a tell-tale sign of youthful skin and as a result, our complexion can appear dull and sallow. This is why it’s important to incorporate products that both exfoliate the surface of the skin to remove impurities and debris and also moisturise to provide optimal hydration.
Peony can be found in a lot of skincare products or cleansers and is an absolute great ingredient to erase oxidative damage that cause sunspots which in turn reveal a brighter more glowing complexion.
When it comes to our favourite nourishing ingredients, we can’t help but go past Seaweed, Sea Kelp, and Algae. These ingredients offer superior hydration as well as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Packed with amino acids, vitamins and minerals, its anti-bacterial properties make it an ideal ingredient for fighting everything from acne to signs of ageing.
Seaweed is an ultra-powerful, multi-tasking ingredient that’s not only anti-inflammatory but also helps to reduce redness, fight acne and other harmful bacteria. It not only removes dirt and grime, but it also gives back to the skin by providing nourishment to keep your complexion healthy and hydrated.
To improve your skin tone, search for products containing nutrient-packed ascophyllum nodosom seaweed. Certain products that increase skin cell turnover, such as Mermaid Beauty Seaweed C-Serum, will ultimately help reduce sun damage and age spots, keeping your tone nice and even.
To take aim at redness, eczema or psoriasis, use a seaweed scrub or exfoliator, which are also usually mild enough for sensitive skin types. Laminaria seaweed heals, hydrates and calms skin, while rockweed seaweed can relieve muscles and joints after a taxing workout.
Are you ready to find the ultimate cleanser?
There are a wide range of cleansers out there made to cater and suit all kinds of different skin types. The best kind of cleanser is one that contains at least one or more of these ingredients to help keep your skin nicely hydrated, and cleansed while also offering a wide range of beneficial properties to soothe and calm our skin and prevent or reduce the ageing process.
It’s great to get into the habit of not only using your cleanser on your face, but also on your neck. Old wives tales have always said that you can tell someones age by looking at their neck and this is mainly because a lot of people tend to forget about their neck and focus solely on their face. Come on, you’re probably guilty of doing this much like we were when we first started our cleansing routine.
We’ve tried and tested a lot of cleansers and we found one that contains not only one, not two but ALL FIVE INGREDIENTS and this cleanser is none other than Glow Recipes – Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser we previously spoke about in our super berry post. Get your hands on this cleanser and tell us how much it’s changed your skin game. Drop us a comment on how it’s helped bring you that glowing, plump hydrated more youthful looking skin.