The first secret to glowing skin is effective cleansing, do you agree? We are now on the same page, and so here are eight options of face cleansers that are packed with beneficial natural ingredients. They are gentle, safe and score high on efficacy.
A well-cleansed face provides the canvas for further skincare and makeup. Clean skin drinks up the nutrients from your serums, essences and moisturizers, giving you that ‘much-desired’ plump, glowy and dewy skin.
When is the best time to cleanse your face?
Every type of skin…. even problem skin needs daily cleansing and twice a day at that! At bedtime, or after you get back home in the evening to dislodge the build-up of dirt, grime and makeup that sat on your face all day! And the first thing on waking up to remove residual oils from the night (read natural sebum plus bedtime skincare products).
How to cleanse effectively without drying the skin?
First and foremost, say no to harsh chemicals and choose gentle formulations from trusted brands. Opt for natural ingredients that target your skin concern.
But, before I take you to some hero face cleansers, just a few tips on how to give your skin a little TLC.
Do’s And Don’ts Of Face Cleansing
- Properly remove all your makeup first – use a gentle makeup remover and a soft cotton pad to do so.
- Use lukewarm water – extreme temperatures of water can harm your skin, and do no good.
- Skip the washcloth – much touted it is on social media, but it can irritate skin due to rubbing.
- Allow the face cleanser to sit on your face for a few seconds to dissolve and dislodge the impurities. Do not wash off immediately. Massage the product gently on your face and neck with your fingers.
- Tools like face brushes and loofahs are not really essential. A good face cleanser applied using your finger tips will do the job.
- Your neck is an extension of your face in the beauty world, so give it the same care as you would a face.
- Pat your face dry gently with a soft towel and avoid rubbing it on.
- Apart from washing your face twice a day, cleanse it additionally only if required (in cases of sweating) and use only the required amount of the product. Over-washing can dry up your skin.
When you are done cleansing, do remember to follow up with a toner/serum/moisturizer that suits your skin type and concern.
I have put together eight of the best facial cleansers to suit all skin types, and have you covered with natural ingredients – only after I have tried and tested them on myself and some members of a test team so that I recommend only the safest and the best. These products are available in India on the brand websites as well as at Aardae website in Singapore. I have provided links to the products in India at the end.
Aminu – the essentials AHA FACE WASH
A face wash to fall in love with, you certainly wouldn’t want to miss this. If its classy packaging draws you to it at first glance, prepare to be wowed by the gentle, soothing potion that leaves your skin smooth, radiant and fresh as dew. With five natural AHAs, natural sugars, antioxidants, botanicals and mild resurfacing ingredients, this face wash is a ‘multitasker’.
Skin Type – Dry, Normal, Combination, and Oily
Skin Goals – De-Tanning, Spot-Correction, Blemish-Clearing, Brightening. Sensitive skin types can avoid this and opt for Aminu Cream Cleanser.
Earth Rhythm-Cleansing Balm With Propolis
If you love the ingredient ‘propolis’, this cleansing balm is for you. A face cleanser that not just gently cleans, but brightens up skin instantly, like none other. Keep this handy if you have an event to go to and you may shine the best. Plant-based fatty acids replenish, while the rest of the rich natural ingredients balance, heal and soothe skin.
Skin Type – Acne-prone, Dry & Problematic.
Skin Goals – SkinBalancing, Healing & Soothing, Retaining Moisture.
Omorfee – Green Apple Face Wash
‘An apple protein to deep clean oily skin’ is its simplest description. Oily skin throws up many challenges when it comes to face washes and moisturisers. But this Omorfee green apple face wash, devoid of sulphate extricates all grime without disrupting the healthy skin mantle. Could be your best bet to taking care of oily/acne-prone skin and keeping it healthy.
Skin Type – Oily & Acne-prone.
Skin Goals – Sebum balancing, Clearing Pores, Controlling Acne.
Shankara Naturals – Hydrating Cleanser – Fine Line
A good one for combination and dry skin types. It’s not often that products are formulated for combination skin, but this one is. A face wash that feels luxurious yet cleanses thoroughly, leaving skin soft and smooth. A perfect blend of highly potent natural ingredients that helps in protecting the natural acid mantle of the skin.
Skin Type – All
Skin Goals – Skin acid mantle protection, Soothe skin and keep it moist, Remove makeup gently & effectively.
Detoxie – Anti-pollution & De-tan Refreshing Face Wash
Made for city life, made for you! City life is riddled with pollution and many environmental stressors, which in turn stresses our insides too, resulting in inflammation, damaged skin barrier, acne and pigmentation. Detoxie face wash has been designed to combat just that. It’s enriched with potent nutrients like Japanese Matcha, Peach Extract, Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Witch Hazel Extract, Alpha Arbutin & Jojoba Ester. Together they help in cleansing pores to the core, minimizing blemishes and all that without drying the skin.
Skin Type – All
Skin Goals – Cleansing of all pollutants, Brightening of Skin, Clearing Pores.
Juicy Chemistry – Saffron, Marula and Ylang Ylang Face Wash
This face wash is a boon to dry and mature skin. Enriched with antioxidants, phenols, plant vitamins, fatty acids and terpenes, this Marula and Saffron face wash cleanses without drying mature skin further, and reverses free radical damage. Women who have used have reported smoothening of skin texture too! So that’s a big plus.
Skin Type – Normal to Dry
Skin Goals – Nourishing dry skin, Enhancing Tone & Texture, Plumping.
Soul Tree – Indian Rose Face Wash
Absolutely wonderful on normal to dry skin. Dry skin particularly is always under threat of losing its plumpness and elasticity. Potent extracts of Indian Rose and Turmeric are super beneficial to maintain the elasticity of the skin. Forest Honey and Aloe Vera together leave skin refreshed and hydrated.
Skin Type – All
Skin Goals – Retain elasticity, Keep skin blemish-free, nourished and hydrated.
Oily skin can be tricky, one is never sure of what face wash and moisturiser to use. But, here is one product that puts your fear to rest. Brillare’s Oil Away Face Wash cleanses pores deep enough to clear it of the residual sebum, thereby leaving no room for microbes. Leaves skin non-greasy and fresh.
Skin Type – Oily & Acne-prone
Skin Goals – Oil balancing, Clear Pore
So those are some top-notch recommendations for high-performance face cleansers with pure and natural ingredients.
Bonus Tip :
Foods containing preservatives and artificial ingredients may irritate skin and cause breakouts even in the healthiest of skins. For eg, foods high in trans fats, such as margarine, processed food, and fast food. Foods high in sugar may also trigger eczema flare-ups. Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike, which can result in inflammation.
All products at Aardae are free from harsh chemicals, are not tested on animals and are eco-friendly. With natural ingredients sourced ethically from across the globe.
See you soon again. Till then, stay beautiful, naturally!
Aminu AHA Face Wash : https://aminu.life/Item/23/products/AHA-Face-Wash
Earth Rhythm Cleansing Balm : https://www.earthrhythm.com/collections/propolis/products/healing-cleansing-balm-with-propolis
Omorfee Green Apple Face Wash : https://www.omorfee.in/products/green-apple-face-wash
Hydrating Cleanser Shankara Naturals : https://www.shankara.in/products/hydrating-cleanser-fine-line
Detoxie Anti Pollution Face Wash : https://detoxie.in/products/anti-pollution-de-tan-refreshing-face-wash
Juicy Chemistry Face Wash : https://juicychemistry.com/products/saffron-marula-ylang-ylang-organic-face-wash
Indian Rose Face Wash Soul Tree : https://www.soultree.in/products/natural-indian-rose-face-wash-1
Oil Away Face Wash Brillare : https://www.brillare.co.in/products/oil-away-facewash-for-oily-acne-prone-skin