How to Pick the Best Organic Face Wash for Your Skin Type
Your face is the first thing people see when they look at you, so it makes sense to want facial products that keep you looking your best. Face wash is your first line of defense against unwanted bacteria and pore-clogging build up. It’s meant not only to clean, but to refresh, rejuvenate, detoxify, and even moisturize and nourish your skin.
And quality ingredients make all the difference.
Something you might not be thinking about is variety. Most people find a facial wash they like and then use it twice a day every day without any variations. What you might not realize is that there’s an advantage to switching it up a couple of times a week. Or you might find that one type of cleanser works better as a morning cleanser while you want something different before bed.
Adding an array of organic facial cleansers to your skincare routine will help keep your skin balanced and avoid stripping it of its natural oils and protective mechanisms. Sticking with natural ingredients and accommodating your skin type will help you narrow down your choices and ensure that your face is clean and radiant every day.
Know Your Skin Type
Knowing your skin type will help you decide how to develop the best protocol for you. Most people have some form of combination skin, whether they’re dry and oily, aging with acne, sensitive and flaky or some other variation.
Acne-Prone Combination Skin
We often associate acne-prone skin with oily skin, but that’s not always the case. In fact, in some cases, the skin is hanging onto blackheads and whiteheads because it’s not hydrated enough to let the blemishes break down and go away.
Even in the case of oily skin, cleansers that promise to dry out acne tend to strip away too many natural oils, which are there to protect our skin. This often makes the problem worse.
If your skin tends toward oily, and you’re stripping away too much moisture from your skin, then it will just overproduce more oil. In a case like this, it might make more sense to use a highly moisturizing, non-drying cleanser in the morning rather than something harsh and drying.
Look for something with nourishing ingredients like aloe vera and rose hips to help balance skin tone and heal anything that you might have picked at (which you should try to avoid at all costs, even though we know how tempting it is!).
In the evening, you want to make sure you’ve removed all of your makeup before adding your toner and moisturizer. That could mean either using an oil-based makeup remover before cleansing or using a stronger cleansing gel to ensure that it’s all clean. Experiment to see which way works best for you.
Combination Dry Skin
If your skin is on the dryer side, we recommend using a cream cleanser both morning and night on most days of the week. If you need to use something stronger to remove your makeup, make sure you use a hydrating oil and a moisturizing toner to ensure your make up remover doesn’t dry you out.
Dry skin can be accompanied by fine lines that might age you beyond your years, so be on the lookout for rich and nourishing anti-aging ingredients in your natural face wash. Antioxidants like vitamin C and green tea both contribute to a healthier glow.
Natural and organic face cleansers aren’t automatically gentler than their conventional counterparts, so read the label. Tea tree oil is a natural ingredient that is too harsh for a lot of skin types, especially dry and sensitive skin.
Often redness and irritation accompany sensitive skin. Like with dry skin, it’s important to nourish sensitive skin without stripping or over-drying it. Opt for fragrance-free (not unscented) organic face washes or use a single-ingredient oil cleanser (jojoba oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil) to ensure that you know exactly what’s going on your skin. These oils happen to be great eye makeup removers for all skin types as well.
If you opt for oil or cream cleansing, add the cleanser to damp skin and gently wipe away with a soft, dry towel. From there, tone and moisturize using gentle products with anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera and chamomile.
As a general rule, regardless of your skin type, you don’t want your skin feeling tight and dry after you’ve used your facial cleanser. Rather, you want it to feel soft and supple.
What About Exfoliating?
Exfoliating is an important part of any skincare routine, even if you have sensitive skin. How, and how often, you exfoliate will depend on your skin, but no one should be exfoliating every day. This is another place where that variety we mentioned comes in. In addition to switching up your morning and evening skincare products, you should consider adding in an exfoliating cleanser.
Depending on your skin type, you’ll probably want to exfoliate between one and three times per week. Exfoliating too often will work against your efforts and eventually cause some irritation (and possibly even a breakout), so start with one day a week if you’re adding this step into your routine for the first time.
There are a few different options for exfoliation. You can either use an expensive exfoliating device, such as an electric face brush, or you can go for a less pricey option and select a high-quality exfoliating face wash with natural and organic ingredients.
But not all natural ingredients are created equal. You’ve probably seen the peach and apricot cleansers at your local drugstore, the ones that advertise using crushed up fruit pits as a natural exfoliator. While this might seem like a good, natural idea, these crushed up pits actually create microscopic abrasions in the softer skin of your face, which can allow bacteria in and cause breakouts. Leave the harsh, scratchy stuff for the bottoms of your feet and choose something gentler for your face.
A gentle exfoliator like Renewed by Feel is a great place to start. This cruelty-free vegan product uses walnut powder to gently slough off dead skin cells. Because the exfoliating agent is a powder, rather than synthetic oil beads or jagged crushed peach pits, your delicate skin is safe and clean. The pumpkin seed in this gentle exfoliator offers a host of nourishing antioxidants, including alpha hydroxy acids, zinc, and vitamins A and C, all of which promote healthy cell turnover to reveal radiant new skin. These antioxidant ingredients help neutralize free radicals on the surface of the skin, offering healing protection and rejuvenation.
The Right Products for You
Now that we’ve laid out all of your options, you have a clearer understanding of what to look for to find the best natural or organic face wash and skincare routine for you. You know to avoid synthetic fragrances and harsh chemicals, and to choose an exfoliant that’s gentle rather than one that will tear up your skin.
You also know that selecting a stripping, drying face wash that leaves your skin feeling tight isn’t ideal, even if your skin tends toward oily. And finally, you know how incredibly important it is to choose a product with nourishing, natural ingredients. Check out the Feel Super Soft Kit to get started down the path to nourished, glowing skin.