You’re probably wondering why cleansing makes such a drastic difference to our skin care regime as a whole. The answer is simply: The first step always counts and in skincare - that begins with cleansing.
Cleansing the skin is the very first step to the rest of your evening/morning routine. Just like a canvas, we need to start fresh. Cleansing the skin properly, not only makes your skin feel incredible, it removes sebum build-up, pollutants, dirt and free radicals from the skin's pores and surface. By doing so, the skin is left bacteria-free and rid of potential infections that can lead to pimples and blockages under the skin.
For years, many of us have been underestimating the importance of the right cleansing routine and the vital ingredients that can transform our skin. If you've been wondering why your skin lacks that radiant glow or feels stripped after cleansing, you might be missing out on these game-changing ingredients.
1. Exo-P (Algae Extract): This natural ingredient is essential for those living in urban environments. It works diligently to purify the skin of pollutants, ensuring a luminous and youthful complexion. By cleansing skin of pollutant particles, it actively prevents irritation and signs of ageing.
2. Aloe Vera: Not just a remedy for sunburn, Aloe Vera's rich vitamin profile is a boon for the skin. It works wonders in calming the skin and providing essential hydration.
3. Sweet Almond Oil: Gone are the days when oil was considered an enemy of clear skin. Sweet Almond Oil, with its rich Vitamin E content, ensures that your skin remains moisturized post-cleansing, preventing that dreaded tight feeling.
4. Vitamin E A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E is crucial in protecting the skin from harmful free radicals, ensuring that your skin remains youthful and radiant.
5. Lime Pearl: Want smoother and brighter skin texture? Lime Pearl is rich in AHAs that aids in exfoliating dead or dull skin cells, revealing a refreshed and revitalized complexion underneath.
Let’s start with the water temperature.
The temperature of the water you use to cleanse your skin has a significant impact on how your skin reacts and your skincare results. The water temperature should be lukewarm. Lukewarm water does not leave the skin scorched or highly sensitive and susceptive to dryness compared to hot water. Cold water, on the other hand, fails to open the pores and does not remove build-up on the skin properly e.g. SPF, make-up and oil. Therefore, lukewarm water is the only temperature you should be washing your face with when attempting to properly cleanse it. Water temperature may just be the crucial step that is either making or breaking your skincare results. (You can thank us later!).
Once you’ve got your water under control (that sounded better in my head), let’s move on to the cleanser that works for you and your skin.
Various cleansers work for various people and their skin types. This starts with reviewing your own skin texture. Cream cleansers such as Kōtia’s own Exfoliating Cleansing Milk, is a gentle and moisturising cleanser, that leaves your skin cleansed and hydrated all at once. Ingredients such as Lime-Pearl, helps to properly cleanse the skin whilst retaining moisture. Cream cleansers work best for those with naturally drier & dehydrated skin, as it assists in retaining moisture and adding vibrance to the skins’ appearance.
As oily-skin sufferers are more prone to deeper dirt and bacteria hidden in the pores of the skin, oily skin types should look at using either a foam or gel cleanser. These work to deeply penetrate through the oil barrier and effectively cleanse the skin.
The number of times you should be cleansing your skin every day, is dependant on your day-to-day activities. For those who wear make-up and SPF on a daily basis, you should be cleansing the skin every night, twice. Yes, we said TWICE and for 60 seconds.
Let’s break it down…
So that’s our tips on getting in a good ole’ cleanse, whether it’s because you don’t cleanse enough, or your water is far too hot or maybe you’re just not using the right stuff for your skin. This is your chance to see what’s missing in your skin cleansing routine.