Ingredients 101: look for a cleanser with ingredients you can both pronounce and understand what they are with complete confidence. If you can’t pronounce it or have to Google it, it’s probably not the best choice for keeping your skin happy. Avoid alcohols, PEGs, ingredients that begin with “phe,” end in “exol” or “ol,” synthetic vitamin e and glycerin. These compounds are synthetic grease stripping ingredients, and they are designed to attack the grease on your skin, which gauges a reaction from your skin in an attempt to protect itself. In response, you’ll overproduce oil in certain areas or notice congestion. Rule of thumb: if you don’t know what it is, don’t put it on your skin.
- Water Temperature 101: a common cause of agitation and dehydrated skin is scalding water temperatures. While it’s true that warm water is best at breaking down grime and removing it from your face, if your water is too hot you are parching your skin. This in combination with a harsh cleanser will only cause your skin to react more radically to protect itself and its barrier. Avoid water that is too hot, but know that cold water isn’t advised either. Cold water is not strong enough to break down and dissolve grease and dirt from your face. Use warm water, not too hot and not too cold.
- Cleansing Technique 101: ditch the harsh scrubber or scratchy face towel. First wet your hands with nice warm water. Then apply a small amount of your cleanser to your palms and work into a nice lather Use your fingers! Now using only your clean fingers gently massage onto and into your skin. Be gentle. Your fingers offer a circulation-stimulating massage for your face, and your fingers are the perfect texture for you delicate facial skin. Small, inward circles are the best method of application. Be sure not to over-cleanse, twice a day is all your skin needs.
- Exfoliation 101: if you notice your skin is a little oilier than usual, don’t punish it with harsh acids or walnut scrubs. These acids are drying your skin out immensely, and you will overproduce oil to compensate. The problem with walnut scrubs is that the particles are irregularly shaped and jagged. When you apply this to your skin, it creates abrasions which are called micro-tears. While you may not notice them, your skin does and it’s already reacting. These micro-tears impact your skin’s barrier, which is its way of protecting itself from the elements. Over time, your skin will lose its natural elasticity and may become more sensitive.
Our Bar Soap was the first cleansing product developed that men can use on their body and face. Women’s facial skin is more acidic, so while our bar soap is safe for use on the body, we needed to offer a soap that was PH adjusted lower. With a soap-based cleanser in mind, we were inspired by Ayurvedic medicine to incorporate oils and offer something both gentle and nourishing that won’t strip away hydration from the skin. We had sensitive skin in mind when creating this product, so this cleanser can be used universally by all skin types. Down to the water used, which, we use reverse osmosis filtered water, we wanted our cleanser to be pure. If you read the label, every ingredient is one you’ll understand, and one that nourishes your skin. This is true for all of our products.