Beauty face-off: foaming cleansers vs. oil cleansers

The secret to beautiful skin isn’t complicated. Effective skincare should harness Nature’s most powerful cleansing and enriching botanicals to revitalise the radiance of your skin – and it all starts with your oil cleanser. Somewhere along the way, foaming cleansers made their way into our skincare regimes, packed with chemical-laden ingredients and fragrances.

Why are foaming cleaners so harmful and why are oil cleansers a more natural choice?

The Problem With Foaming Cleansers

If you check the label on your foaming cleansers, you’ll most likely find they contain high levels of sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES). These surfactants are known skin irritants and are often used in animal testing to intentionally cause irritation on the skin of the animals. They’re bad news for anyone who values their skin.

You might wonder then, why these harmful ingredients are added to foaming face washes. The answer is more about simple chemistry than what’s in the best interest of your skin. Because water alone can’t mix with the sebum on your face or the oils in your makeup and sunscreen, it can’t remove them. Enter surfactants – they are used to mix water with oil, meaning that as you wash your face, the product takes all the ‘bad’ and ‘good’ oils with it.

Foaming cleansers are known to:

  • upset your skin’s delicate biology – so moisture gets out and bacteria gets in (a trigger for acne)
  • cause skin dehydration – a red flag for anyone who suffers from skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis
  • upset your skin’s pH balance – a cause of dryness and irritation
  • strip your skin’s natural protective and moisturising factors – including ceramides, amino acids, cholesterol, and fatty acids.

The Oil Cleansing Method: Raising the bar for your skin

Forget the misconception that oil doesn’t belong anywhere near your face; oil based cleansers respect your skin’s biology. They work by gently removing pore-clogging impurities without stripping away the natural oils your skin needs. The result? A revitalized complexion that feels clean, nourished, and refreshed.

Luxurious oil cleansers made with pure botanicals, like those found in the LOVESKIN range, have high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, with zero irritants. With consistent use of silky oil based cleansers, your skin will re-balance, giving you a luminous glow.

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