Cleansing. It’s the first step in any skincare routine but one that is often overlooked in its overall importance. We know that we ought to remove our makeup and wash away any dirt, oil, and debris. But there is far more to cleansing than a simple wash. The product you use in the first step of your skincare can determine the entire state of your skin. It’s the difference between dull, overworked and irritated skin that cannot absorb product and skin that is bright, glowing and functions at its full capacity. Are you stuck with that squeaky-clean feeling after cleansing? Is your skin feeling parched until you finally apply your moisturiser? Do you find that your skin feels tight and mask-like? Are you slathering on products and unable to see any results to show for it? Are you consistently playing by the ‘skincare rules’ and still experiencing ongoing concerns such as dryness, acne or redness? It’s time to look at your cleanser. Opting for a natural cleanser can remove many of the harmful toxins and irritants that are likely to be affecting your skin. These days, many commercially made cleansers are filled with synthetic ingredients. It’s true that they are efficient at removing oils and dirt from your face, but they can do so at a cost. Most synthetic cleansers are filled with ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). These are detergents that are able to cut through oil and grime. On top of this, SLS is a popular lathering agent. In other words, it’s responsible for giving us those wonderful foam and suds that convince us we are clean. While sulfates are certainly efficient cleaners, they must be considered for what they are: detergents. This ingredient’s number one role is to remove oil and, unfortunately, that is not always our best option. The result is often a product that is harsh and stripping of the natural oil that we love and need within our skin. And the foaming and lathering? It’s purely aesthetic.