Skincare basics: Cleansing as easy as 123!



Most people I know spend their money on a good moisturizer but neglect their cleanser. Some believe that a cleanser just cleans your skin and that a bar of soap will suffice. What they don’t appreciate is that soap can block your pores, so it is better to use a liquid cleanser. Even more importantly, it is better to use a gentle cleanser that nurtures your skin in anticipation of moisturizing rather than irritating it.

I have an oily skin so I’ve spent years and fortunes stripping it bare with aggressive cleansers until I experimented with an oil cleanser and a cream cleanser. It sounds counter-intuitive but the results were phenomenal. My skin didn’t “react” to the richness and ironically produced less oil. My skin feel comforted and cleansed instead of burning dry and irritated gasping for moisture.

Depending on my mood, time and inclination, I pre-cleanse with tissue oil (even olive oil in a pinch) because oil dissolves oil, followed with a cream cleanser to to lift the oil and a again with a liquid face wash. It’s triple cleansing to the extreme but I love the process and I love the results. You can omit either of the steps. If you’re a guy, I use the liquid face wash after shaving to remove shaving debris.

At the moment I’m quite fond of using Celltone Cleansing Lotion. It is a soap-free cleanser that is both mild and soothing that I think would work for any skin type; especially for irritated skin.

I also love the ingredients that nourish your skin as opposed to stripping it:

  • Vitamin B5- acts as a humectant that basically draws water thus increasing the skin’s hydration, elasticity whilst reducing the loss of water in the skin.
  • Vitamin E – dubbed the “universal cleanser” due to being able to accommodate all skin types and clear dirt and dead cells. Vitamin E also contains antioxidants that aids in healing injured cells.
  • Vitamin C- contains collagen which is a superhero with regards to anti-aging, preventing wrinkles and reviving the skin’s texture and appearance
  • Snail Body Extract- I know it sounds gross but it works because it contains allantoin. It’s a great antioxidant that assists in the regeneration of the skin as well as provide soothing properties.
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Extract- Aloe has many beneficial uses for the entire body both internally and externally. Its biggest claim to fame is its anti-inflammatory properties, a great aid in healing the skin quickly.
  • Jojoba Oil- very common in hair products as it is a great moisturiser and the same is applicable for the skin. It also controls the amount of sebum produced by the skin.
  • Witchazel- is often overlooked as a modern skincare product but it is a great (natural) toner that has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and reducing redness while removing excess oil from the skin. It also helps to retain moisture and balance the skin’s pH balance.

With autumn on our doorsteps and winter not too far behind, Celltone Cleansing Lotion is a great cleanser that nourishes your skin without stripping it dry. Celltone’s range is based on their snail gel extract but also contain key ingredients to ensure the products work at a much faster rate and deliver results. Targeting all skin types and people of all ages, replacing synthetic ingredients for organic and natural formulations where possible. Superior products with a superb end result.

Besides delivering great results, it only retails for R149.

Visit www.celltone.co.za.

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