Forget the tall, dark and handsome variety. We prefer the natural, kind and loving type that is the perfect match for us in every way. Where do we find such a partner? In the Balance Me cleanser guide below. Warning: they may hog the bathroom counter just a little.
‘The right cleanser is the basis of a good skincare routine. Get this right and you’re half way to healthy, glowing skin,’ says Balance Me therapist Mandy Oxley Swan. You may cling to your topical favourite cleanser, but as our skin changes with seasons, hormones, stress and late night partying, it pays to go back and look at our skincare basics. To find your perfect skin match, grab the nearest mirror and swap your cleanser accordingly with our helpful tips. Saying goodbye to an ex never felt so good.
Ask yourself ‘what type of skin do I have today?’ and address this. Balancing skin means caring for it daily. If your skin is mostly dry, sensitive or lacking radiance, choose a cleanser that targets this.
Creamy, exfoliating, oil-based? Each has their unique benefits for different skin types but be sure to choose a texture you like to use too. Cleansing should be a joy, not a chore, and a luxurious texture will make this daily task a pleasure.
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Here’s our guide to finding your perfect match…
Squeaky-clean skin isn't always a favourable approach. Over-washing skin with harsh, stripping formulas from sulphates can cause skin to dry and tighten. If your skin is feeling taut, switch from a foaming cleanser to a hydrating cream or balm formula to restore balance. Look for ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate skin, which is a key ingredient in the Balance Me Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser. Massage it onto skin to remove daily grime and makeup. ‘You can leave it on for 5 minutes to let skin soak in the benefits before washing off. If skin is sensitive or very dry, just tissue off the residue,’ recommends Balance Me’s Head Facial Therapist, Mandy.
‘Tiny bumps can indicate skin is producing excess oil to rebalance the PH levels – perhaps due to a harsh cleanser or it can also signal your cream is too rich,’ reveals Mandy. To restore a smooth complexion, make sure you give skin a thorough cleanse and gentle exfoliation at least once a day. Mandy suggests treating skin to a mini facial in the evening with Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. Massage this balm texture onto skin for a deep, gentle cleanse. It contains fine oat powders to exfoliate and the muslin cloth provided also gently refines the skin’s appearance.
Did you know water can aggravate sensitive skins? Along with harsh foaming agents it can strip skin of its natural oils that support the protective function of the skin. ‘It’s vital in sensitive skins to protect the barrier function,’ says Mandy. Opt for gentle formulas that you can wipe off with cotton pads, or if you prefer a creamy texture, try Balance Me Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser. But for those in need of a refreshing cleanse, wipe Balance Me Micellar Water over skin. This 99% natural formula lives up to the Balance Me natural promise with zero skin irritants. It is chamomile-infused and contains Rose Otto, Palma Rosa and Rose Geranium essential oils to fortify delicate, reactive skin.
Keep skin clear of excess oil, sebum and grimy pore cloggers with a wash off cleanser such as Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash. Combining Grapefruit Oil to deeply cleanse skin, Frankincense Oil and Spruce Knot to reduce the appearance of shine and spots, this sulphate-free formula won’t strip skin of its natural oils.
Lucky you! If your skin is happy and balanced keep up the good work with your current routine. Remember to check in weekly for a skin/mirror close-up to gauge any changes in your skin.