Did you know that as many as 80% of Americans wash their face incorrectly?
You may think you're safe from this statistic, but the truth is, you're probably one of the crowd. Washing your face incorrectly isn't the only part that affects your routine; it also includes what type of facial cleanser you use and how often you use it.
Is your facial cleanser disappointing you? If so, then read on. We'll tell you what you need to look for in one and why our superfood cleanser is exactly what you need.
You may have a general idea that a facial cleanser, well, cleanses! But what exactly does it do, and what is its role in your daily routine?
Facial cleansers usually come in a creamy, gel-like form. When you use it on your face, it doesn't lather up like soap or other cleaning products do. And in most cases, you don't have to wash it off; you can simply wipe it off with a clean towel.
A facial cleanser is great to use at the end of your day before you go to bed. This is because it not only gets in deep to remove all the makeup, grime, and dirt from the day, but it also has excellent ingredients that hydrate our skin.
While it's important to use your facial cleanser in the evening, it's also vital to use it in the morning to keep your skin looking the best it can!
So why exactly would you be unsatisfied with your current facial cleanser? Here are a few reasons.
The skin on your face is supposed to feel refreshed and rejuvenated after you use your facial cleanser. So if it feels dry and flaky after, then there's certainly something wrong.
Chances are, the product is full of chemicals and toxins, which are leeching your skin's health instead of improving it!
Wait a second: isn't facial cleanser supposed to get ridof grime and dirt, not add to it?
The unfortunate truth is, many products today leave behind an unnatural and uncomfortable residue that doesn't actually come off. Again, this is because of the awful chemicals they fill their facial cleansers with.
Considering other cleansers are chock full of chemicals, you'd figure they'd at least do something for your skin. But to no avail; your current facial cleanser isn't actually making an actual difference in your skin.
So not only are you wiping toxic chemicals on your skin daily, but it's not even making a dent in your skin's condition. This is because big brands nowadays use tons of detrimental chemicals in their products that don't even contribute any benefits to our skin. We'd call that a fail!
If you're fed up with your facial cleanser because of the above reasons, then you'll need to take a closer look at the labels before you buy. Keep reading to find out which ingredients you need to avoid to keep your skin silky smooth and radiant!
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is often found in skincare products, such as shampoos, conditioners, and yes, your facial cleansers. SLS is a type of surfactant, which lowers the surface tension in ingredients.
This is one of the most irritating ingredients you'll find in facial cleansers. In fact, it may even cause allergic and sensitizing reactions!
Whenever scientific studies are conducted, scientists actually compare the effects to what effects SLS has on the skin. That's how horrible it is for you, so make it the number one item on your list of no-nos!
Petroleum and mineral oil-derived ingredients are used in the beauty industry to prolong the shelf life of their products.
While it may seem great at first that your facial cleanser seems to last forever, it's not so great news for your skin. While petroleum and mineral oils do help retain moisture in your skin, that's not the only thing they lock in. These ingredients can also trap dirt and bacteria in your skin, plus cause signs of premature aging.
The ingredients you should keep an eye out for and avoid include paraffin, propylene glycol, mineral oil, isopropyl alcohol, petrolatum, and butylene glycol.
These 3 ingredients stand for diethanolamine, monoethanolamine, and triethanolamine. If your facial cleanser has any of these ingredients, then you probably suffer from irritated eyes, dry skin, dry hair, and even allergic reactions if you're sensitive enough!
DEA, MEA, and TEA help products foam, which is why you'll commonly find them in beauty and skincare products. However, they'll usually react with other ingredients to form n-nitrosodiethanolamine, or NDEA. This is a very dangerous carcinogen that can disrupt your natural hormones.
Your facial cleanser should help you look good, not give you cancer!
As we touched upon earlier, parabens are a type of petroleum (they're derived from it). They're also used as a preservative for skincare products.
Studies have shown that parabens may be estrogenic endocrine disruptors, which means they can affect your reproductive organs and fertility. They can also cause harm to your baby if you're pregnant, and even give you cancer!
Considering you probably use your facial cleanser every day, this is a very high chance for you to absorb these harmful parabens through your skin daily. This is why it's vital you avoid using products with this ingredient.
After reading the above section, you're probably realizing that the current facial cleanser you're using is not the right one for the job. The one recurrent theme you might've noticed is the presence of unnecessary and harmful chemicals, so the best thing is to avoid those!
But how do you find the Prince Charming of facial cleansers for your royal skin? By using our following tips of what ingredients you should look for!
When shopping for a facial cleanser, you should look for all-natural ingredients. You might think natural ingredients won't do the job as well, but you'd be surprised at just how powerful they can be! When formulated correctly, facial cleansers with all-natural ingredients can actually work even better than all the other products.
For instance, natural plant oils won't clog your skin like petroleum and mineral oil-derived ingredients.
Consider all the ingredients you should avoid from the above sections: what do they all have in common? They're all manmade and/or synthetic (besides petroleum and mineral oil)!
How can you clean your face properly and gently when the ingredients are harsh and can possibly cause cancer?
The only way to go is with organic ingredients, as they're less likely to have carcinogens or properties that disrupt your body's natural processes.
Antioxidants play an important role in keeping our skin looking as perfect as can be! They eliminate free radicals, which are harmful to our living cells and tissues.
By using skincare products that are rich in antioxidants, you can keep free radicals from building up in your body.
The result? Flawless skin that makes you look years younger!
You now know what you should look for in a cleanser, so we can move onto the fun part now!
We at Teami Blends have created a superfood cleanser that will work hard to decongest your clogged pores and remove excess oil, dirt, and makeup from your skin. But it'll also be very forgiving! We've chosen the ultimate ingredients that'll refresh and rejuvenate your skin, and they're not toxic for you at all.
While superfoods are meant to be eaten, you can still reap their benefits by applying them to your skin. In our superfood cleanser, you'll find aloe vera, matcha, apple, sea kelp, Irish sea moss, turmeric, and carrot seed oil. All of these are chock full of antioxidants!
What's great about our superfood cleanser is that not only does it use natural ingredients, but it's also good for all skin types. Yes, that includes acne-prone skin! In fact, our product has antiseptic and exfoliating properties that'll be super effective on your pimples.
Plus, it'll tighten your skin and pores. That, in addition to all the wonderful antioxidants found in the cleanser, will keep your skin looking absolutely stunning.
Our superfood cleanser also doesn't leave a film of residue on your skin, like most other facial cleansers on the market. It's made of 76% organic ingredients and carefully selected surfactants that are both renewable and gentle on the skin.
We also use pure organic Aloe barbadensis leaf juice instead of water as the main ingredient. This means it'll hydrate instead of dehydrate your skin. As a result, you can use this more often than normal facial cleansers, as there are no irritating surfactants or harmful ingredients present!
Now you know exactly what's causing your facial cleanser disappointment. With this knowledge, you know what you need to look for when shopping for the perfect facial cleanser!
So what are you waiting for? It's time for you to ditch that mediocre cleanser and to pick up something that'll truly get rid of all the grime and dirt on your face, all while still being gentle on your skin!
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Teami Blends - Co-Founder + CEO
Certified Nutrition Health Coach