Is Your Facial Cleanser Clean?

Your face is the first thing people see when they look at you, it is your calling card to the world and can be a reflection of your overall health. It also takes a lot of damage from UV exposure and collecting dirt and debris during the day. So, your face, particularly the skin on your face, needs a little extra care to help mitigate some of the damage caused by all these environmental stressors. You probably do try to take care of your face by at least washing off the remnants of the day. But, are you certain you are cleaning your face in the most effective, healthiest, and supportive way you can? Is your facial cleanser actually clean?

In looking for a facial cleanser, you may at first focus on what it does for your skin, maybe your concern is acne or wrinkle prevention. But, consider shifting your focus a bit to the types of ingredients that are included instead of what the product claims it does on the label. There can be loads of toxic ingredients in various skin cleansers, making them risky to put on your skin day after day. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website has a long list of beauty products it considers “safe”, including several facial cleansers. But, here is a general idea of what you can look for on the label based on the type of product:

Foaming Cleansers

Foaming cleansers may contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a chemical used to help the product foam. This ingredient dries out skin and strips it of natural oils. It can be also very irritating to people with sensitive skin. If you already have dry skin, it is important to avoid foaming cleansers all together.

Cleansing Oils

Cleaning your skin with oil may seem counterintuitive, but it actually does clean and helps maintain skin’s natural moisture. Oil is ideal for removing make-up and can reduce the occurrence of blackheads. It also helps maintain the skin’s natural pH.  Since the oil doesn’t need to foam up, most products do not contain any surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate, making them a less abrasive option. Although it is not toxic, avoid products with coconut oil because it can cause breakouts in some people.

Anti-aging Products

There are many facial products out there that claim to reduce wrinkles, but proceed with caution, especially if they contain ingredients such as retinyl palmitate or retinol. There can cause damage to DNA and speed up the growth of skin tumors.

Other Ingredients of Concern

A few other ingredients to avoid when looking for a facial cleanser are fragrance, parabens, and alcohol. Manufacturers are not required to disclose what is in a “fragrance” leaving you open to a ton of chemical ingredients you have no control over. Parabens are known hormone disruptors and have been linked to certain types of cancers. Alcohol is quite drying and stripping of skin’s natural oils and pH.

Here at Pressed Vibrance we want to support you at every touch point for your health from how you eat to how you exercise to how you cleanse your skin. Our Cleansing Oil was designed without any chemical ingredients, just three organic oils, to give you a clean and glowing face.

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