BACK TO BASICS : HOW TO CLEANSE

Cleansing- the first and most important step in your skincare regime. Not only does it rid your skin of the days build-up of SPF, make up and pollution, but it sets the stage for serums and creams to follow- these don’t stand a chance of penetrating the skin if you haven’t cleansed properly!

Picking the right cleanser for your skin, adjusting to the seasons, and taking the time to indulge in this daily ritual will set the foundation for a healthy, radiant complexion

First things first, pick a cleanser suited to your skin. Whether its sensitive, dehydrated, oily, or combination- this should be the first factor in guiding your selection.

Discover our guide below:

SENSITIVE SKIN

Look for products that are formulated with gentle hypoallergenic ingredients, that will soothe redness, and calm inflammation. Avoid fragrances or any unnecessary ingredients that could cause further irritation

INÈS PICKS:

Dr Rogers Restore

With only 8 hypoallergenic plant based ingredients, this cleanser is extremely gentle, fragrance free, and effectively cleanses without irritation.

Sensibio Cleansing Gel

A classic fragrance free cleanser that ticks all the boxes. Formulated specially for sensitive and intolerant skin. With lipid restoring and moisturising properties, skin is left clean and comfortable

Picking the right cleanser for your skin, adjusting to the seasons, and taking the time to indulge in this daily ritual will set the foundation for a healthy, radiant complexion.

DRY SKIN

Avoid gel cleansers that tend to foam up and dry out skin, opting for formulas with creamy textures, like a balm or oil. TIP: watch water temperatures- keep it tepid. Hot or overly cold water can dry out skin even more

INÈS PICKS:

MARA Cleansing Oil

A skin soothing formula that floods skin with marine botanicals, hydrating squalene, vitamins and fatty acids as well as a blend of fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate as it cleanses.

Warming Honey Cleanser

A rich, creamy treatment cleanser with the purest raw honey, royal jelly, and propolis. Cleanses and gently exfoliates, leaving skin ultra-hydrated, moisturised, while balancing problematic skin types./p>

OILY SKIN

Look for oil-free gel cleansers containing AHA’s and/or BHAs. These will gently exfoliate skin, draw out impurities, and curb excess oil production. BHA’s in particular, (salicylic acid) are non-abrasive, gently resurfacing and help with blemishes, blackheads and enlarged pores.

Also look for antimicrobial properties such as honey.

TIP: avoid the desire to over cleanse oily skin! Excessive cleansing can cause skin to produce more oil.

INÈS PICKS:

Cleansing Complex

An iS Clinical best seller, this lightweight cleansing gel is powerful yet gentle enough for sensitive skin. Formulated with Willow Bark Extract (salicylic acid)- a natural BHA known for its ability to help remove dead skin cells and clear pores leaving skin clean, soft and smooth.

Warming Honey Cleanser

Enriched with the antimicrobial properties of pure raw honey, papaya enzymes for gentle but powerful exfoliation, and green tea extract- a potent antioxidant to support blemish prone skin. A rich luxurious cleanser to help balance problematic skin, while leaving it smooth and nourished.

TIP: Let the cleanser sit on the skin for 5 mins, like a mask, to benefit from enzyme activity

Skincare should be enjoyed. If you’ve got the time at the end of the day- take it slow, and enjoy the process. Spend a couple of extra minutes massaging your cleanser into your skin.

NORMAL SKIN

Not too oily, not too dry- pick a cleanser that does the job without too many frills. Look for basic gel formula that gently foams, or one that has mild exfoliants to support skin cell turnover, leaving skin bright and healthy.

INÈS picks:

Dr Rogers RESTORE - A cleanser for everyone. Gentle, hypoallergenic and wont strip the skin, but thorough enough to wash away the day’s build-up of make-up and impurities. Great for dry skin, acne prone skin and those in between.

Cleansing Complex

A universal cleanser for all skin types, and iS Clinical top seller. Containing a balance of bio nutrients, antioxidants, and mild resurfacing ingredients, it thoroughly cleans the skin surface and into the pores, without stripping natural oils.

Excellent for all skin types and ages.

DULL SKIN

INÈS picks:

Joanna Vargas Vitamin C

With a potent medley of Vitamin C ingredients, Acai, Goji Berry and hyaluronic acid, this cleanser is the complexions perfect pick me up- leaving skin purified, revived and invigorated.

MARA Algae Enzyme Cleansing Oil

A blend of four fruit enzymes- papaya, pineapple, grapefruit and pumpkin- means this nourishing cleanser works to actively exfoliate and hydrate while it cleanses. Skin is left clean, nourished and glowing

Finally, some tips to boosting your cleansing ritual...

DO double cleanse.

When done correctly, a double cleanse won’t strip your skin, but keep skin as clean and healthy as possible. After a day’s build-up of make-up, SPF, and pollution, a double cleanse should be an essential part of your routine. The first cleanse will remove the surface layer of makeup and grime from the day- the second cleanse will work away at the dead skin cells. This ensures any products applied after will absorb more efficiently.

Start with an oil cleanser to melt away impurities, and follow with a gentle foam cleanser or a micellar water. We're huge fans of a swipe of Bioderma Sensibio H20 after the first cleanse. Nothing makes you feel cleaner - an INÈS essential. 

DO: Exfoliate or deep cleanse weekly

A weekly mask or enzyme peel can work wonders on your complexion! An enzyme peel or exfoliating treatment will increase cell turnover, and rid your skin of dead skin cells- revealing bright smooth skin and allowing for better penetration of serums.

And last but not least...Don’t Rush

Skincare should be enjoyed. If you’ve got the time at the end of the day- take it slow, and enjoy the process. Spend a couple of extra minutes massaging your cleanser into your skin. This won’t only ensure a through clean, but the massage will help with lymphatic drainage, de-puffing face, improving circulation and boosting natural radiance

TIP: Opt for an oil or cream cleanser with slip to enhance the massage

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