As the first step in your skincare regimen, finding a cleanser that works best for your skin type is critical. Whether you wear makeup or not, the delicate skin on your face comes into contact with pollutants, impurities, and other debris all throughout the day. Because of this, cleansing is a non-negotiable for healthy skin: From the cleanser you start with to the towel you use to dry off, being conscious of how you cleanse is super important.
A good cleanser gently removes excess sebum, dirt and makeup. It leaves your skin feeling clean, fresh, and ready for the next steps in your skincare routine. A good cleanser will be gentle, fragrance-free, and irritant free. Cleansers are not a one-size-fits-all situation. In fact, how to choose the right cleanser actually depends on your skin type. Whether you have oily, dry, combination, or acne and redness-prone skin, I am here to help you choose the best cleanser for your skin!
What is Double Cleansing? How Do I do It?
As the name suggests, double cleansing simply means cleansing your face 2x. The benefit of double cleansing is that the first cleanser will break down any makeup, remove dirt and excess oils from the day and clean your skin. The second cleanser will address your particular skin type or concern and should have ingredients to hydrate, exfoliate, and/or treat your skin.
In the morning, one round of cleansing is just fine if you are waking up with a makeup-free face. After a long day.. that’s when an extra cleansing step can be beneficial. Double cleansing the skin is recommended at night or after wearing makeup.
I recommend using a foaming cleanser first to pre-cleanse and remove makeup and debris from the skin. Doing a pre cleanse at night to remove makeup or product from the day is crucial for optimal skin health. It ensures that no impurities are left behind. Apply cleanser to dry skin, slowly add water with finger tips to emulsify makeup and product using circular motions. Once emulsified, use a microfiber cloth or gentle washcloth and gently wipe away the cleanser. Do this until all cleanser has been removed.
SECOND CLEANSE = DEEPER CLEANSE
This second cleanse is used with a treatment cleanser. This cleanser is tailored to your skin type for a deeper cleanse to remove the most impurities while leaving your skin soft and clean. This cleanse is used on pre cleansed skin to achieve max results! For most skin types, this cleanse can be used with finger tips and circular motions.
PRO TIP: 2-3x per week, use the RFA Exfoliating Scrub as your second cleanse.
What Makes RFA Cleansers so Special?
RFA cleansers are formulated with the highest quality ingredients. All cleansers only require one pump to cleanse the whole face. Typically a bottle will last 4+ months. Your skin will not feel dry after washing because RFA cleansers protect your skin’s barrier and do not overstrip the lipids. RFA cleansers are different from many other cleansers on the market due to the fact that they contain NONE of the top 5 toxic ingredients found in cleansers.
The RFA Gentle Foaming Cleanser works gently, but intensively to remove all impurities while nourishing your skin leaving you feeling cleansed and refreshed. The ideal way to remove your makeup after a long day at the office. Gentle enough for everyday use. Suitable for all skin types (even the most sensitive) and also doubles as a mask! Leave the cleanser on 3-5 mins before rinsing off for an added soothing benefit. One bottle will last 4-5 months!
This unique calming cleanser has minerals and clay in this formula with a gentle abrasive action to exfoliate, leaving skin soft and smooth. Additionally, RFA Hydrating Mineral Cleanser has healing and anti-inflammatory properties, while also tackling bacteria. The lecithin enhances the appearance of dry skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness. Recommended for dry, sensitive skin. How To Use : Pump cleanser into dry hands and massage into dry skin. Dampen hands and work for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow with your serums, moisturizer, and SPF/sunscreen.
RFA Purifying Cleanser is a powerful, yet gentle cleanser for all skin types, even those who are sensitive. This antibacterial cleanser is safe for sensitive skin types while helping fight acne infections by eliminating undesirable bacteria. Also great for rosacea thanks to its effective bacterial control. The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric help reduce sebum production and acne-related infections by blocking the effects of 5 alpha-reductase, therefore decreasing the red inflamed look of the skin. Finally, the wild marjoram extract and turmeric help give this antibacterial cleanser an amazing scent.
Also great for rosacea thanks to its effective bacterial control. The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric help reduce sebum production and acne-related infections by blocking the effects of 5 alpha-reductase, therefore decreasing the red inflamed look of the skin. Finally, the wild marjoram extract and turmeric help give this antibacterial cleanser an amazing scent.
This plant-based nourishing facial oil will treat and protect your skin for up to 12 hours. RFA Face Oil & Cleanser is a concentrated antioxidant cocktail of vegetable oils and plant extracts protects the skin against harmful environmental factors and soothes skin inflammation, tightening, and irritation. This oil also doubles as a powerful oil cleanser to wash oily to dry skin types. Antioxidant-rich Meadowfoam Oil and Black Currant Seed Oil resemble human sebum to naturally lock in moisture while delivering nutrients. Follow with RFA Purifying Cleanser for optimal acne prone cleansing. How to Use: Apply to dry skin and use wet hands to emulsify with circular motions and rinse. Can be used twice daily, or as a precleanse to melt and remove makeup. Pro Tip: This can be used as a face and body oil for extremely dry skin.
Exfoliating cleansers are ideal for cleaning the top layer of your skin, primarily of dirt, debris, and skin oil. The act of exfoliating is used to clean away dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and get rid of some harder debris that digs into your pores.
RFA Exfoliating Scrub contains high quality sloughing ingredients that gently refresh and revitalize your complexion, while simultaneously refining the feeling of skin for a brighter-looking appearance. Contains man-made eco safe hydrated silica beads to micro exfoliate while cleansing the skin. This luxurious scrub is is an emollient polishing cleanser with 1% Lactic Acid.
Recommended to be used as the second cleanse in a double cleanse. It doubles as a mask – put the 1% Lactic Acid to work and get an even deeper cleanse by leaving the scrub on for 3-5 mins before rinsing! Works great to mix in and alternate with your gentle cleanser 2-3x per week for that extra deep clean. 1 bottle will last 4-5 months!
Which Cleanser is Right For me?
- Dry skin: Hydrating Mineral Cleanser or Face Oil & Cleanser
- Normal: Gentle Foaming Cleanser/Purifying Cleanser/Hydrating Mineral Cleanser/Face Oil & Cleanser
- Combination/Oily: Gentle Foaming Cleanser/Purifying Cleanser/Hydrating Mineral Cleanser
- Sensitive: Hydrating Mineral Cleanser or Face Oil & Cleanser
- Acne: Purifying Cleanser or Hydrating Mineral Cleanser
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