Type-Cast Cleansers

Cleansing your skin is the first step to any skincare regimen and one of the most important. If your skin isn’t clean, lotions or serums will not perform to their best ability. To reap the benefits of any cleanser, wash for 30 to 60 seconds and leave it on your face for another 30 seconds or so before rinsing well with plenty of warm water. Best of all are products using natural ingredients like this sampling:

I appreciated African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser by Ole Henriksen for a variety of reasons. Just a few pumps are needed, and the 7oz bottle lasts for months. It is rich with antioxidants, like African Red Tea, which strengthens the outer layer of skin, and Vitamin C, which stimulates collagen. Borage seed oil has anti-inflammatory qualities and citrus extracts serve as an astringent and antiseptic. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin and cleans thoroughly without drying. About $30.

Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel is designed for challenged or tired skin. When applied it melts from a gel to a luxurious, milky cleanser. Argan oil is a key ingredient. This rare oil is from a tree that is only found in Morocco and has both nutritive and cosmetic antioxidant benefits. Rosemary leaf helps reduce puffiness and moringa peptides are believed to be effective in ridding skin of environmental pollution, as well as protecting it. This cleanser is particularly good for oily skin. About $35 for 4.2oz.

Inspired by traditional Japanese herbal medicine, Zelens Radiance Luminous Facial Cleanser is a hydrating cleanser that appeals to me because my skin is on the dry side. Camellia oil, known as the “beauty oil” thanks to its age-defying qualities, contains natural antioxidants, vitamins and omega-3 and other essential fatty acids. Natural pearl extract contains amino acids and proteins, helping to retain moisture. Aloe Vera aids in regeneration and works as an anti-inflammatory, and Vitamin E provides protection on a cellular level. About $60 for 4.2oz.

If you prefer your cleanser unscented and have normal, dry, sensitive or mature skin, Bayberry Naturals Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser is an excellent option. It’s 81-percent organic, free of sulfates, parabens, and artificial fragrances and dyes. I prefer unscented products and I liked the way it gave a deep cleansing, yet my skin didn’t feel dried out. The organic green tea, along with multiple vitamins, nourish and protect, while milk, rose and organic aloe, chamomile and lavender soothe dry or sensitive skin. This is a bargain at about $16 for 4.2oz.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.