In the life of a Naval Officer (Aaron’s past life) there’s one part of the day that gets everyone rolling their eyes – Cleaning Stations (or “Cleanos” if you wanna get down with the navy lingo).
It happens every day after breakfast and before the day’s work begins. Everyone does it and everyone hates it which of course is why cheeky sailors cut corners. The general rule was “if it smells clean it is clean”.
It probably lead to a nationwide shortage of eucalyptus due the amount that was sprayed around.
It goes to show that what we think is clean might not be entirely so.
OK, prepare yourself. We’re going to hit you with a big truth straight-up.
You know that “squeaky clean” feeling you get after you’ve washed your face? That feeling of tightness? (well, if you use Happy Skincare you might have forgotten, but that’s a good thing!).
That tight feeling that you get from so many soaps and cleansers is NOT a sign of clean skin. It is a sign of irritation.
Conventional cleansers actually “over-cleanse” your skin. They‘re incredibly harsh because they remove everything - the bad stuff (dirt, grime pollution) AND the good (proteins and lipids/natural oils). They also mess up your skin’s pH.
Apart from falling over and scraping your skin off, over-cleansing is one of the harshest things you can do to your delicate facial skin.
Over-cleansing leads to inflammation and inflammation is bad. It can be a trigger for many skin issues like dry skin, irritation, redness, rosacea, and yes even pimples!
Unfortunately cleansing is absolutely necessary otherwise we would be walking around looking we’d just pulled a 12 hr shift in a coal mine.
Gentle cleansing has become the standard advice from every corner of the skincare world. This could mean (sadly) that you need to break up with your long-time favourite high-foaming, squeaky clean cleanser.
The best way to be gentle whilst cleansing is to choose a cleanser that is gentle. Too easy, right? Not quite. It’s very hard to tell if a cleanser is gentle from the label but here are few tips:
What all this boils down to is that in your quest for “clean skin”, make sure you’re not over-doing it and stripping all of the goodness out of your delicate skin. It will make your skin freak out and opens the door for all sorts of skin problems.
You want a cleanser that will remove dirt, grime, makeup and sunscreen but still leave your skin feeling moist (and we’ve definitely got you covered there).
If you want to take the Happy Skincare cleansers for a spin, you can try them out in our Super-Sized Sample Pack :)