Cleansing 101 with CBD Face Cleansers | NTY Blog
You may have heard the expression “good skin starts with clean skin” before and honestly, that’s 100% accurate. Cleansing is an essential step in ensuring skin is looking and functioning at its best but there are some important do’s and dont’s you should keep in mind when building a skincare routine best suited for your needs. Before we jump in, let’s talk about what cleansing is and some of the basic needs-to-knows!
What is Cleansing?
In short: cleansing (or washing your face) is typically the first step in a skincare routine and is intended to remove “stuff” from the surface. By stuff, we mean impurities, makeup, surface buildup, sunscreen etc.
Why is Cleansing Important?
Most of us know that going to sleep with makeup up isn’t exactly a winning situation but the same goes for letting excess oil, dead skin cells, and impurities stick around longer than they need to. Cleansing the skin helps avoid pores from clogging as easily which can lead to breakouts, rinses away pollution particles that can cause premature aging, and helps avoid surface buildup that not only shows up in the form of uneven texture but can also prevent your skin from absorbing all those treatments and moisturizers you’ve invested in.
What to Look for in a Facial Cleanser…
This is going to come down to your skin type and individual concerns. PSA: Remember that it’s ok if a popular product your favorite influencer uses isn’t quite right for you – skincare is personal and customizable! Here are some quick tips to point you in the right direction:
DO: Pick a texture that’s best suited to your needs
Yes, texture serves a purpose. There are a ton of options out there with each providing its own unique function. Here are a few common examples:
- Micellar Waters: great for a quick, waterless cleanse if you’re in a hurry, need a mid-day refresh or need a pre-cleansing step to remove makeup. Usually suitable for all skin types
- Oil Cleansers: easily remove even the heaviest of makeup and are ultra-nourishing. Often used as step 1 in double-cleansing. Usually suitable for all skin types but best for normal to dry.
- Gel Cleansers: have a nice cooling texture and are generally geared towards clarifying support. Great for oily or blemish-prone skin types
- Cream Cleansers: ultra-soothing and often packed with moisturizing ingredients. These are best for normal to dry skin types and those who are more sensitive.
Squeaky clean does not equate to a good cleanse! Over cleansing can strip your skin of essential oils and good bacteria that help keep the barrier intact and thriving. A compromised skin barrier can cause all sorts of inflammatory response and reactions like dehydration and dry patches, redness, sensitivity, and yes, even breakouts! Cleansing twice a day should be more than enough but listen to your skin and gauge what’s feeling best for you. If you feel the need to cleanse midday after a workout, try incorporating a gentle face cleanser or Micellar Water into your routine or if you only like to cleanse once a day, try dedicating that cleanse to the evening to wash away the day’s build-up before bedtime.
Do: Try one with a chemical exfoliant
Those with sensitive skin types can easily start their chemical exfoliation journey through cleansing. Chemical exfoliants work to dissolve buildup while helping everything from discolorations to excess oil, blemishes to unevenness, and the best part is there’s less sensitivity risk because they’re not physically abrasive (we’re talking to you scrubs). Since it’s a rinse-off product, you don’t have to worry about the leave-on treatment commitment if you’re not quite there yet. Some chemical exfoliants to be on the lookout for are:
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA): Glycolic, Lactic, Mandelic, Citric
- Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA): Gluconolactone
- Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA): Salicylic
- Enzymes & Extracts: Fruit Enzymes, Willow Bark
Similar to over-cleansing, there is such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to exfoliating – even during the cleansing step. If you’re already using a chemical exfoliant in your cleanser, you don’t need to double up with a physical one. This can shock your skin barrier in a similar way over-cleansing does, plus you might rupture any active breakouts which is never fun in the long haul. If you want both in your routine, try alternating days or saving the scrub as an end-of-week treat. If you feel like your skin needs some healing from over exfoliating, try a hydrating all night mask.
Do: Get a cleanser that does it all
Duh, right? A cleanser that removes impurities while nourishing, calming, clarifying, and exfoliating may sound too good to be true but your friends at No, Thank You have you covered with A Facial Cleanser for Anytime. This CBD cleanser is packed with nano emulsified, full-spectrum CBD oil + CBDa to calm inflammation, nourish dry skin, and provide potent antioxidant defense while Glycolic Acid and Activated Charcoal Powder gently exfoliate and absorb excess oil and impurities. What more could you ask for when it comes to cleanser benefits?
So, is cleansing important? You bet it is but it’s all about choosing the right cleanser for you and developing a routine best suited to your skin and individual needs. To learn more about why CBD skincare benefits are a daily essential, check out our science page or follow us on Instagram @NTY.co for the latest tips and tricks.