The 1 reason why your daily cleanse might actually be harming your skin
Ahh, cleansing! It seems like the simplest part of your skin routine. No one could possibly get it wrong, right? Incorrect. You’d be shocked by how many people end up doing their skin more harm than good by cleansing ineffectively or over-cleansing.
There's generally one key reason why this happens.
Over cleansing might be harming your acid mantle
Your acid mantle is the fine, slightly acidic film on the surface of your face that acts as a barrier to bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants that might otherwise penetrate your skin. Your acid mantle is a mix of sweat and sebum (oil). Sounds gross, but these two things are incredibly necessary for maintaining clear and healthy skin.
Okay, so now that we’re done geeking out, what does your acid mantle have to do with cleansing? The short answer: EVERYTHING.
Is your cleanser messing up your acid mantle?
The purpose of cleansing is to wash any makeup and dirt from your face. But if your cleanser is too harsh it will also deteriorate your skin’s acid mantle barrier. When this barrier is compromised, not only are you exposed to contaminants, but your oil glands go into overdrive, producing an excessive amount of sebum oil to compensate.
That tight, squeaky clean feeling you get after cleansing? Yeah, that’s a direct sign you’re using the wrong cleanser and the aftermath isn’t pretty. Using harsh cleansers generally goes one of two ways, either you dehydrate your skin (which causes early signs of aging), or your skin will start producing excess oil (clogging pores and causing pimples). The worst part? Many people start cleansing, even more, when their skin gets oily. So it becomes a never-ending cycle!
How do I know if my acid mantle is compromised?
If you're using any of these common cleansing culprits - then there's a good chance your acid mantle is compromised: Foaming cleansers, scrubs, exfoliating more than once a week, soaps, and any cleanser with harsh, unnatural ingredients.
You know any of those niggling skin issues you have? It's likely they're connected to this.
What's the one way you can GUARANTEE you're protecting your acid mantle?
Stop using a cleanser that damages your skin. Your best bet is to always opt for a high quality oil cleanser.
Oil cleansing is ideal for ALL skin types. It uses oils to dissolves oil without stripping your skin. So, although oil cleansing will remove any excess sebum oil, it won’t completely remove it and dehydrate your skin. Cleansing oils also hydrate and nourish drier skin, while still removing dirt and makeup.
Don't panic - your skin won't feel at all oily. When used correctly cleansing oils won't leave a trace of oily residue - your skin will feel matte & clear. And the great news - when you stop stripping your skin with harsh cleanser & surfectants - your acid mantle will restore itself - all those common issues will start to resolve themselves.
GoodieCo has you covered, girl!
Oil-based skincare, & especially oil cleansing is our JAM. We deliver all-natural & fabulously effective skincare routines to women worldwide - providing beautiful skin, one perfect acid mantle at a time!
Every Goodieco routine starts with our Cleansing Oils - made with all-natural ingredients native to Australia, so you can ensure you’re not putting any harsh chemicals or toxins on your face! These Cleansing Oils will reverse damage caused by harsh products - restoring life, moisture and balance to all skin types.
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