What is Cleansing & Exfoliation?

       After a long day, it is very tempting to lather on the first skincare products you see and hop into bed. Although this method seems quick and easy, in order to receive maximum effectiveness from your products, it is important to have a “skincare routine”. Now don’t get discouraged, implementing a skincare routine is an amazing step along the pathway of self-care. As long as you maintain an open mind, helping you down this path will be a breeze;)  

       Before you step into the world of serums and creams, it is important to know how to prep your skin. In this post I am going to show you how to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, leaving it in perfect condition to soak up the products you will apply later on.  




       Cleansers can be water based or oil based and the method of double cleansing, where oil and water based cleansers are both used, is one I stand by firmly.  

  • Oil-based:

       Oil based cleaners should be used to relieve the skin of any impurities sitting on top of it, such as makeup. I know, you have oily skin and no way are you going to slab some more on- I get it- but hear me out. Oil-based cleansers will not increase the oiliness of your skin, it will nourish and gently break down the impurities on the skin's surface. The Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil has a very light consistency and does not feel thick and oily at all. 

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleanser pictured on the left and Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil pictured on the right.

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleanser pictured on the left and Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil pictured on the right.


  • Water-based:

       Now, oil-based cleansers should not be relied on to relieve the skin of impurities deeper within the skin. This job should be reserved for your water-based cleansers! How can you tell your cleanser is water based you ask? Well, an easy way to find out is to look at the back side of your cleanser. You will then see names of items listed on the back, and these are the ingredients! I know you probably knew that, but it doesn’t hurt to always go back to the basics;) Now, at the very beginning of the list you should see the word “water”, which indicates the cleanser you are using is water based. Nice, your cleanser is water based… so why does this matter? Your water-based cleanser will be able to penetrate deeper into the skin, relieving it of sebum and impurities that do not sit on top of the skin. My favorite cleanser is the Atopalm Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam. This product does not dry the skin out due to its low pH of 5.5, contains hyaluronic acid which will deliver moisture to the skin, and has lactic acid that will help to rid of dirt and impurities within the skin.   



       Phew, now that cleansing is over we can move on to exfoliation, which can become a bit tricky. When you think of exfoliation, you should no longer think of a rigorous scrub leaving your face squeaky and tight. Yes, I know it can be tempting to continuously exfoliate in order to rid of the excess oil on your skin, but doing this will only make the skin more oily (this is due to the dryness/irritation created from constant scrubbing). For my dry skin, I love using the new Tatcha Rice Polish: Gentle, which has small particles of rice bran that help to rid of dead skin cells and this new dry skin formula almost feels as if you are moisturizing your skin while exfoliating! Now, for oily skin, you want an exfoliant that will rid of the excess oil, such as a scrub containing charcoal. One of my favorite exfoliating masks targeted towards oily skin is the Caolion Hot and Cool Pore Pack Duo. Ultimately, exfoliation will rid of the dead skin cells and help clear clogged pores, leaving you ready for the next steps of your routine!  


Thank you all for reading and I hope this helps you to begin feeling comfortable in your own skin :)