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Friday, July 8, 2011

My favourite Cleanser for Oily Skins

This has to be one of the most effective cleansers on the market for oily and problematic skins. I find that a lot of my clients who come in to the salon are using everything OIL FREE, so their skins are quite often extremely dehydrated, tight, flaky and irritated and with breakouts. This causes much frustration to my clients because they feel they are doing everything right. If you have skin that is breaking out, then oil free products are the way to go right? Wrong.
Time after time after time, I see countless clients with extensive dehydration damage to their skins from the over use of harsh chemical based products that strip the skin.
The thing is, our skins barrier (the acid mantle) is there to protect us. To protect our skin from the environment, wind, sun, and bacteria and foreign molecules from entering our skin. When you remove the acid mantle regularly, problems will arise.
The key is to find the balance between oil and water in the skin and nurture that. Provide the skin with nutrients and minerals that it needs to heal, recover, eliminate bacteria and become strong again.
Usually if you can't pronounce the ingredient name, or it looks like something that was made up in the lab, then there is s good chance it has been. Your skin does not like being abused with these harsh ingredients and it will let you know about it.
Purity Clean from Cosmedix is not for people who get the occasional spots, but for the people who have a combination to oily skin and their skin presents more than 5 spots at any one time. Purity Clean contains Lactic Acid (derived from yoghurt) and is only suitable for those oily in skin type. I have a dry skin, and I love the product for around 1-2 weeks, then I get pink, dry and irritated. It is not designed for me, I instead use the Benefit Clean (also a fabulous cleanser).
The Purity Clean is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. You will love the Peppermint smell and the feel is yummy and cool on the skin. (makes me wish I had oily skin so I could use it all the time!)
Now you will need to use a sunscreen during the day when using this product as there are some ingredients that may increase your skin's sensitivity.
Some key ingredients are:
  • Shea Butter - hydration and calming
  • Lactic Acid - pore cleansing, skin smoothing, spot healing
  • Peppermint Oil - anti-bactierial, cooling
  • Spinach Leaf Extract - minerals and nutrients
  • Cleanse the face (1-2 times a week depending on your skin)
  • Apply a pea size amount to the entire face
  • Massage in with wet fingers 
  • Leave on like a mask for 15 minutes
  • Splash off mask with warm water
  • Presto - smooth, rejuvenated skin
Happy Skin Days,

Sarah Wilkinson
Skin Matrix

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