When it comes to cleansers, it's almost impossible to find one product that works for everybody.
Foams and gels, for example, are usually better for combination-to-oily folks, while drier complexions often need more moisture via milky, lotion textures. It's no fun when you find yourself using a cleanser that's too rich or too stripping—breakouts, clogged pores, tight skin or increased sensitivity are all possible outcomes.
But there IS one face wash I've discovered that I do think you'll like, no matter what your skin type.
It's readily available at Sephora, is free of the harmful ingredients I always caution against, and is gentle but oh-so-effective. Let's talk about the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, if you don't know about it already:
Initially, what impressed me about the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser that it is free of sulfates and fragrance—always the very first things I check for with cleansers.
(In my opinion, everyone should avoid sulfates because they can irritate and sensitize the skin, and compromise its barrier. Same with fragrance, which is the most common cause of negative skin reactions, such as dermatitis.)
This cleanser is also packed with glycerin, aloe and allantoin to condition and hydrate the skin. Here are the ingredient deets:
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Coloyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, White Tea Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Allantoin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.
I think the white tea leaf is the "antioxidant booster" they talk about, but never mind that because it's not in contact with your skin long enough to do anything.
Otherwise, it's a VERY simple formulation, with not a lot of bells and whistles, that does exactly what it claims to do: remove oil, dirt and makeup, leaving skin soft and supple.
Here's what the actual product looks like:
If it reminds you a bit of liquid hand soap, you're not alone. It's got the same pearlescent white hue, but the texture is a little more luxe, thick and whipped. And unlike hand soap, it's fragrance-free, of course.
Once you start massaging it around, you'll notice that it transforms into a cream:
Believe me, I usually dislike creams because I find they don't get my skin thoroughly clean. This one is an exception; it cuts through makeup really well, even though it doesn't lather like a traditional cleanser.
How To Use It
Step 1: Apply a small amount to damp skin. A little goes a long way, so a dime-sized squeeze would be more than enough to do your entire face. Massage it around with your fingertips to break up the dirt, oil and makeup.
Step 2: Remove it with water or wipe it off with a warm, steamy cloth. As with any face wash, I don't recommend rushing through this step, because traces of cleanser left on your skin can cause breakouts. If I'm washing at the sink, I'll gently steam my face with a soft cloth for a few seconds before wiping it off. I repeat that process two or three times, and then rinse one final time.
Step 3: Repeat if necessary. If you are wearing a lot of makeup, sunscreen, and/or silicone-based products, you may want to cleanse twice, or use this product as the second step in a double-cleansing routine.
Step 4: Moisturize. Once I've rinsed off, my skin doesn't have any tight, "stripped" feeling. But no matter what, I always follow up mist, serum, moisturizer, etc. to keep my skin's moisture levels intact.
There's one more thing I love about this cleanser... all the size options! The price for this 2 oz. size is REALLY affordable ($12.50 Canadian / $10 US), especially given how little product you'll need each time you wash. They also have a 5 oz. and an 8 oz., once you're ready to commit!
Where To Buy
Find the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser at:
Have you tried this cleanser?
Or anything else from First Aid Beauty?