By now, you’ve probably put away your Havianas and Mara Hoffman two pieces…but has your summer season purge reached your shower yet? Here are some non-soapy facial cleansers you should swap in for those sudsy, foaming cleansers that got you through summer.
Great for glass, fatal for face. We’re taught that getting our skin “too clean”, thus stripping away the natural oils, is a skincare no-no, and will lead to all sorts of unwelcome results: wrinkles, pimples, redness, etc. Not that that ever stopped me. For some deep-seated psychological reason with which a shrink would probably have a field day, I’ve never felt my cleansing was complete until my skin literally squeaked.
Summer Steam Calls For Extreme Measures
In the steamy days of summer I felt completely justified; the mixture of sweat and city grime seemed to call for extreme measures. But even in winter I’d wash like the dickens, and then slather on about 3 layers of serums/creams/oils/lotions/essences to re-dew my dermis.
Now, perhaps it is the sickeningly swift approach of a certain benchmark birthday, but of late, I have been more receptive to creamier cleansers. While these more nourishing formulas don’t give my skin the squeak, they still leave it deeply cleansed and comfortable.
The Cleansers: There’s One For Everyone!
Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Facial Cleansing Mask. Whether I leave it on for 30 seconds or three minutes, I get complimented on my skin every time I use this 3-in-1 makeup remover/cleanser/mask. Binchotan charcoal is blended into every drop of this rich mask to revitalize and tone your complexion. Charcoal’s natural detoxifying powers draw out impurities from pores which prevents future breakouts and absorbs excess oil. This product is a great choice for anyone who’s really fretting over foregoing the foam, as it cleanses skin so deeply you can see the difference.
This cleanser looks like latex paint when you first pump it out of the bottle, and it is slick and silky to the touch. Just a little bit creates a thick mask, but unlike other dark detoxifying masks, it doesn’t dry up and harden, so it never leaves skin with that tight, parched feeling. When used as a cleanser, it just slides on and off with water. I massage it in for about 20 seconds and then let it wash off in the shower. Unlike so many soapy/foaming cleansers, this one is truly safe for eyes – zero irritation or stinging, even when massaged in to remove mascara! It’s a “clean” cleanser, too: no parabens, alcohol, oil, fragrance or synthetic dyes.
Heaven Skincare New Edition Cleansing Cream. I was (pleasantly) shocked at how well just a little dab of this featherlight cream completely and thoroughly cleaned my entire face and eyes. It also happens to be the first bee venom cleanser in the world, which gives it anti-aging properties. It is the ultimate strong yet gentle cleanser. All Heaven Skincare products are made with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients, so the anti-aging effects are achieved without nasty and/or harsh chemicals.
May Lindstrom The Honey Mud. This silken, pudding-like cleanser/mask detoxifies, soothes and conditions skin. It gently frees skin of the day’s pollutants, infusing it with active enzymes and nourishment while restoring optimal hydration. It not only looks like a delicious dessert, it smells divine as well. That is thanks to its long list of organic ingredients: Raw honey is a naturally antibacterial humectant that promotes healing, Halloysite Clay deeply yet gently purifies and detoxifies and Colloidal Silver is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and antibiotic. Leave it on for a minute or two and rinse off.
Cosmetics 27 Cleanser 27 by M.E. SkinLab (Found in the new SOS 27 Kit). A cleanser rundown wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this parisian exfoliating & moisturizing cleansing balm from Cosmetics 27, now available in the SOS 27 Kit! This cleansing balm and makeup remover nourishes and hydrates while refining skin’s texture. It gently purifies even the most sensitive and/or dry as well as mature skin, without dehydrating it, restoring lost radiance and elasticity. Just message into wet or dry skin. All Cosmetics 27 products are made with 100% natural ingredients and are paraben free.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. Who’s the richest of them all? This jar par excellance. Emma Hardie is another natural, organic line from the United Kingdom. This cleansing balm is Emma’s superstar product, having won about a dozen beauty awards since its launch. This balanced daily cleanser thoroughly cleanses deep in the pores, moisturises and calms the skin. It thoroughly removes all traces of face and eye makeup, and is so pure it doubles as a soothing and hydrating mask (just leave it on for ten minutes).
This is one of the best smelling products I have ever used, and it is completely devoid of any “fragrance”. The amazing scent comes from a long list of natural botanical ingredients (which also make it so beneficial for skin):
- Grape Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil rich in essential fatty acids help to plump and soften
- Moringa Seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E balance, purify and help to minimize the appearance of open pores
- Essential oils of Orange, Neroli and Mandarin rejuvenate and revitalize the skin and calm the senses
- Jasmine and Rose help to recondition dull, dehydrated and/or mature skin
The cleanser is a semi-solid, but quickly emulsifies into a luxurious liquid once you begin to massage it into damp skin. It feels and smells so good I think I go into a bit of a trance every time I use it…just standing in front of my bathroom mirror at the end of a long day zoning out. For an extra added refresher, store in the refrigerator. It turns it into a solid and is cool and soothing to the touch.
Say “No” to Soapy Cleansers
Are you ready to say “no” to soapy cleansers? Have you already sworn them off? Leave us a comment and let us know!
By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack