Camel Milk Cleansing
CameLife's Facial Cleansing Bars are back in stock after a brief lockdown related hiatus; just in time for the spring sunshine. As we return to applying sunscreen several times a day, cleansing becomes more important.
So, if you're confused by all those cleansers in the shops and wonder why you might need more than one cleanser, read on. Surely cleansing is just about removing your makeup, sunscreen and the grime built up from a busy day? How complex can it be?
CameLife founder and dermatologist, Dr Jane Rose, believes that cleansing is the fundamental starting point of an effective skincare regime.
“I talk to a lot of people who are leaving out the most important step of their skincare routine; cleansing” she says. “Often they haven’t really thought through facial cleansing and reckon that water works fine, or worse, soap and water is the answer"
So maybe its time we at CameLife explained how our Facial Cleansing Bar fits in. Along the way, we’ll try to bust a few myths.
WHAT IS CLEANSING?
Cleansing your face is the process of removing makeup, dirt, oil, dead skin cells and other pollutants from the surface of your face's skin. Many of us confuse washing our faces with proper cleansing and do not dedicate enough time to do this regularly. Cleansing is the first and arguably most important step to having glowing skin and maintaining it as we age.
Facial cleansers are specifically designed and formulated to clean our delicate facial skin. They should also help to unclog blocked pores and exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells. Their main role is to clean our skin without stripping the top layer.
Cleansers come in many different forms, from foaming gels, creams, oils, wipes micellar water. Some, like CameLife's Facial Cleansing Bar, come as solid bars.
So let's explore further.
MYTH 1: ALL I NEED TO DO IS WASH AND GO
But all I need to do is wash my face in water? Unfortunately most of the dirt and contamination you need to remove isn't water soluble. It needs something to emulsify it with a soap or detergent or you need a solvent to dissolve it.
Soap based cleansers like solid bars and foams work by emulsifying contamination. But most body soaps and body washes will also contain detergents that harshly can strip your skin of its natural oils and destroy your skin's biome. You need something gentle that emulsifies the grime but doesn't strip your skin of its oils or kill its biome.
So what about alcohol based cleansers? Well they work by dissolving the oils in the dirt but they also dissolve and remove your skin's natural oils. Most modern makeup and sunscreen will emulsify with a gentle soap based cleanser; unless you are wearing heavy stage makeup, theres no need for alcohol.
And finally, a word about micellar water, which is made of micelles tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules (micellar) suspended in softened water. The micelles attracted dirt and oil, so they can draw out impurities without drying your skin. Micellar water can be used as a facial wash and makeup remover and has some moisturising effect, but it really cant handle high SPF sunscreens.
MYTH 2: I ONLY NEED TO CLEANSE OCCASIONALLY
Dermatologists generally agree that excessive cleansing with harsh cleansers can cause dry skin and irritation. But sunscreens in particular contain chemicals that you really don't want on your skin longer than necessary to protect you from the sun. You may want to cleanse more regularly during the day.
As a basic daily routine, you should cleanse twice daily, both morning an evening. The morning cleanse balances overnight oil production and helps to turn over dead skin cells, whilst the evening cleanse removes make-up, dirt and surface impurities.
The right cleanser can improve skin hydration and assist with the anti-ageing process that occurs overnight. The rule is to use common sense: always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts, and wash excessively oily skin morning and night. For very dry or sensitive skin, stick to cleansing once a day in the evening unless you need to cleanse off sunscreen.
MYTH 3: I NEED TO BUY A CLEANSER ACCORDING TO MY SKIN TYPE
There's a bewildering array of cleansers sold according to skin type and much of the advice around which to choose is conflicting. But it's really not necessary to overthink cleansing.
Of course, if you have dry skin you may prefer formulas with added moisturisers and, if you have oily skin, might want a wash that leaves skin feeling super clean.
But there’s no reason why a quality, all natural cleansing product cannot be effective on all types of skin.
CameLife's Facial Cleansing Bar is designed to deliver the benefits of camel milk to all types of skin. It works well on all skin types, from dry to oily; thats the magic of camel milk.
MYTH 4: I NEED SCRUB TO EXFOLIATE AND SMOOTH
Scrubs and exfoliating pads are designed to remove dead skin cells; to do that, they are abrasive. Do you really want to use an abrasive on your skin every day? Read our blog on exfoliation to find out more about deep exfoliation occasionally. In summary, excessive abrasive exfoliation and pealing strips away new skin cells leaving your skin raw. A gentler approach is needed!
Many cleansers contain salicylic- or glycolic-acid to gently remove dead skin cells, but both are likely to harm your skin's biome at the same time. CameLife’s approach is different; we do not add synthetic acids or grains to our cleanser, preferring to harness the natural alpha-hydroxy acids in the milk to exfoliate your skin. Camel milk has long been used as a gentle exfoliant; it gently clears away dead skin cells but promotes a healthy biome at the same time.
MYTH 5: I NEED TO USE A TONER AFTER CLEANSING
Toners were traditionally used to remove excess oil from the skin. They contained high concentrations of alcohol and could be very drying. Their function was to completely cleanse the skin and they were very astringent to remove any traces of oil and debris.
Modern toners contain soothing ingredients to nourish and replenish the skin after cleansing and prime your skin for the rest of your skincare regime. But if your cleanser doesn't strip your skin, why tone? And, if your cleanser moisturises and nourishes as it cleanses, you really don't need to tone.
If you cleanse with CameLife's Facial Cleansing Bar, you will never need to tone again!
CAMELIFE FACIAL CLEANSING BAR
CameLife's Facial Cleansing Bar is an all in one cleanser, gentle exfoliator and toner in a solid bar. Made from raw camel milk using our proprietary process, its not a soap but it lathers like one. It will cleanse away the most demanding of makeup and sunscreen, at the same time gently exfoliating and removing dead skin cells whilst moisturising and promoting a healthy skin biome.
Just work up a lather with your hands and massage it onto your face. If you need a thicker, more luxuriant lather, use a brush to work up a creamy foam.