By now, you know that washing your face is a daily beauty do for maintaining clear, healthy skin. What’s less obvious, though, is how to choose a cleanser that suits your particular skin. Yes, there are several factors you can consider, including age and environment. And, of course, there’s the different skin ‘types’ that we tend to prescribe to – normal, oily, and dry for instance. However, since trying Balance Me’s Flash Cleanse Micellar Water in the July Birchbox, we’ve decided to take a leaf out of this British brand and tailor our skincare to our specific complexion concerns. Whether you’re battling dullness, breakouts, or sensitivity, they’ve got a cleanser to combat it…
Combination and Acne-Prone
Key Indicators: You’re constantly battling two complexion foes: blemishes and a sheen that just won’t quit alongside dry patches that your make-up clings to.
The Cleanser: Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash. Traditionally, cleansers that are targeted specifically towards battling acne tend to be a little harsh. Balance Me’s Pure Skin Face Wash gently reduces breakouts with a 99% natural blend of grapefruit and frankincense oils, with soothing spruce knot extract. Plus, it’s free from sulphates so it won’t strip your skin of its natural oils – keeping both oiliness and dryness at bay.
The Technique: Squeeze a small amount into your clean hands and add warm water. Gently massage all over your face, keeping your eyes closed. Focus on massaging the product into congested areas – like your chin, nose, and forehead to break down dirt and oil. Rinse clean with warm water and pat your skin dry.
First Signs of Ageing
Key Indicators: Your skin doesn’t look as plump as is used to, and it lacks that healthy glow (no matter how many hours sleep you’ve had). You might have spotted a few fine lines appearing around your eyes and mouth too.
The Cleanser: Balance Me’s Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser. Don’t be tempted to go heavy-duty. This daily cleanser from Balance Me is super gently, despite its nourishing texture. It features a cutting-edge natural peptide complex that’s designed to refresh, smooth, and firm your skin. Plus, it triggers cells to produce more collagen to restore elasticity and bounce, while a healthy dose of hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate and brighten your complexion.
The Technique: Using firm circular motions, to encourage your skin’s natural collagen production, massage one pump of the cleanser into dry skin with your fingers. Be sure to bring it down onto your neck too! Remove the cleanser with a warm, damp muslin cloth.
Dull and Dehydrated
Key Indicators: Your skin has lost it’s natural va-va-voom and generally looks a bit lacklustre with grey undertones. Post-cleansing, you tend to experience tightness with your skin immediately soaking up any moisturiser that you apply.
The Cleanser: Balance Me’s Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm. Dehydrated skin needs a cleanser that’s rich in hydrating ingredients to restore moisture levels to your skin. Thankfully, this oil-based hot-cloth cleanser is formulated with a trio of butters to deeply purify and hydrate while delivering an antioxidant boost to your complexion. Plus, gentle oat powder helps to polish away dead skin cells to brighten even sensitive skin.
The Technique: Warm a 10p-sized amount of the balm between your hands then massage over your face and neck using circular motions to exfoliate. Add a little water and continue massaging in, then wipe carefully over your eyelids with your fingertips. Wet the cloth provided with warm water and smooth over your skin to remove any residue.
Sensitivity and Redness
Key Indicators: You’re skin looks red and patchy after cleansing and by the end of the day. Your skin can feel irritated while you’re applying products, and reacts easily.
The Cleanser: Good news! All of Balance Me’s cleanser’s are suitable for sensitive skin. Our latest favourite, however? The Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water. Sensitive skin calls for something super-gentle, and this 99% formula is brimming with soothing chamomile neroli, and mandarin oils. Plus, its ultra lightweight – it honestly feels like cleansing your face with pure water. Even the most reactive of skin types will love the way it gently removes make-up and grime without any irritation.
The Technique: Apply two pumps onto cotton pads and wipe over a dry face until your make-up is removed – no rinsing required!
For more natural skincare solutions, discover the full Balance Me collection in The Birchbox Shop.