How to find the best cleanser for your skin’s needs
Skin appears at its freshest and dewiest when its Liquid Crystal Array of lipids and proteins is in optimal alignment, reflecting light perfectly and evenly across its surface.
If the skin’s surface is too dry or oily, this balance is disrupted and the complexion can appear either too dull or too shiny. For this reason, cleansers are the most overlooked and underestimated step in skincare but they really are the key to radiant skin.
The skin is a self-cleansing ecosystem: anti-microbial peptides and natural exfoliation help to keep skin clear and free of infection, but what we put on our face daily has a profound effect on this finely-balanced mechanism. Makeup and sunscreens contain what we refer to as Non-Physiological Lipids and aren’t removed by these innate cleansing processes, which is why we need the help of a good cleanser and a customised approach to preserving the skin’s barrier integrity. Most importantly, your cleansing formulation should be customised to the individual needs of your skin.
To optimise barrier health and enhance the function of nightly actives, RATIONALE encourages cleansing at night-time only and simply rinsing with tepid water in the morning. This is because surface debris from environmental pollutants and cosmetics aren't present during our sleep, and in the morning, we want the active antioxidants from our overnight formulations to continue serving our skin throughout the day.
So how do you make a decision on the best cleanser for you?
A pre-cleansing formulation like #4 The PreCleanse Balm is designed to dissolve particles of sunscreen and makeup prior to cleansing. As it is removed from the skin during the cleaning ritual, this balm-to-oil formula is suitable for all skin types—including oily.