Friends, the foundation of all beauty routines is the cleansing process. This is the step that can make or break your skin and/or makeup for the day. I prefer and seek out gentle cleansers that can remove makeup and the day's grime without compromising the natural barrier the skin creates as a protectant.
The cleansers I'm sharing today are my current go-to's, the tried and true. I prefer these for warmer months because they provide extra bacterial support for those days you may "glisten" a little more than others... Since we are approaching toasty summer days here in the states, I thought I'd give you all a head start! Don't worry, if you're heading towards colder months, I have a few suggestions for you too :).
Both of the cleansers I am sharing today come from brands that are clean and set high standards for their ingredients. If you've been following along with my skin care series, you have become very familiar with Evan Healy products. I share a lot about the care and dedication to quality Evan Healy demonstrates in my shares on serums, moisturizers, and hydrosols. The new brand I wish to share is a wonderful go-to for my friends that are new to the clean skin care approach and have recently experienced that good 'ole inevitable price shock. Say hello to Andalou!
Buuuuuuuttttt That Price!?
Cost is always a factor that trips up even the most dedicated when it comes to selecting products. I often get asked why the price point is so much higher. I need to share a whole write-up on it for you all. I have shared a bit here and here, but to put it simply good ingredients are much much more expensive than toxic or low-quality ingredients, especially here in the States. Naturally, this results in a higher price point. I am a very strong believer in making quality products and food a priority in your home, lifestyle, and budget. That being said, I know the transition is hard for many. I've watched friends and family return to the cheaper toxic options after experiencing sticker shock and feeling torn, frustrated, or helpless. My friends, I feel you. I made this transition as a college student putting myself through school. My budget was, well, let's just say very very minimal. My best advice is to start small. Start with your cleanser, then slowly work through replacing the rest of your cabinet (and kitchen). I'm often replacing my products with higher and higher quality options as I receive further education or brands I use compromise their products for mass production and appeal. So, honestly, I'm on this journey with you. Whether it takes you days or years, just make sure it happens. Your body needs all the help it can get!
Back to the cleansers at hand... Andalou is a wonderful less-expensive option for my transitioners. It's not quite as amazingly gentle or ideal as the Evan Healy line, but it's waaaaay better than all the others you see on your local pharmacy's shelves. I still use it on occasion and never feel I've compromised my standards. I also use sales and bulk ordering to keep brands like Evan Healy, in my beauty cupboard. It becomes easier the more you do it, my friends.
Current Summer Favorites:
+ Evan Healy's Tea Tree Gel Cleanser, I often wait for the 25% off sale and order in bulk to get free shipping
+ Andalou's Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel
For those of you heading into the winter months or that simply need greater hydration, please see my recommendations below. These cleansers are gentle, creamy, and contain properties that soothe sensitive or inflamed skin and replenish dehydrated skin.
Current Gentle/Sensitive Favorites:
+ Evan Healy's Rose Cleansing Milk, I often wait for the 25% off sale and order in bulk to get free shipping
+ Evan Healy's Coconut Cream Cleanser*, I have not tried this yet, but I've heard great reviews
+ Andalou's Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
Side Notes: I often link Thrive Market as an option for purchase, but you do need a membership. I try not to link to Amazon, but most products are available there as well.
Both of these cleansers are foaming and, with very little product, work into a nice lather. I use a very small amount to make sure I don't dry out my skin, but if you have moist/oily skin you could probably get away with a pea-size amount. Again, these work wonderfully after a day at the beach or a long walk or run in the sun. They keep the skin's barrier working strong and can even help fight potential blemishes. I have combination skin that errors on the dry side and I love how these work on my skin in the summer months.
Visit my share on serums and scroll to the bottom for my morning and nightly regimen, including an explanation of when to use a cleanser.
I hope through this series you have felt encouraged and informed on your options for pure high-quality skin care! I have received many questions from you and, in general, seen a wonderful response to this series. As a result, I will continue to share my skin and beauty care routines and products. I've created a new tab in the journal for easy reference, but if you haven't subscribed I'd encourage you to follow along. There's an option just below this post. You receive a simple clean link in your email every time a new post goes up, nothing crazy or spammy. I'd love to have you :*
As you now know, I am always on the lookout for new products to try (because there are so many wonderful brands out there to discover) and so as I journey along I promise you, my faithful readers, to only share the good ones, the keepers—the ones I personally add to my skin care regimen. Your trust is cherished. I will do my best to honor it. Let's together care for ourselves with the highest attention, so that we can have the capacity to live long and love others deeply.
À votre santé!