May 31, 2010

Clean Up Your Act -- -- May 2010

You know that washing your face twice daily is essential to ensuring skin always looks healthy and fresh. But is your cleansing as effective as it could be? Celebrity makeup artist/esthetician Denise Tunnell gave us tips on choosing the right cleanser based on your skin type.

Oily/acne-prone skin
Look for cleansers with antibacterial agents, like benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil, and use gel-based cleansers to absorb oil. Surprisingly, oil-based cleansers are a viable option as oil-based cleansers dissolve oil.

Try: Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, $6.29,, powered by benzoyl peroxide to fend off breakouts.

Combination skin
With combo skin, your goal is to find a gel or foaming cleanser that harmonizes the face, yielding a nice balance between your oily T-zone and dry zones.

Try: Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, $18.50,, helps control excess oil and dryness.

Dry skin
Look for milky-textured cleansers with moisture binding ingredients, like chamomile and aloe. To treat dry patches and flakiness, Denise said, “Salicylic and lactic acids are great for shedding the top layer of skin.”

Try: Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, $8,, will leave your face baby soft.

Sensitive skin
Sensitive skin can be hard to shop for, but try to avoid harsh ingredients and stick to organic, as-close-to-natural-as-possible, or botanical-based cleansers.
Try: Caudalie Gentle Cleanser, $26,, which uses grape-seed polyphenols (OPC) to protect skin against free radicals.

Remember: Water alone will never do it said Denise. “You need a product to penetrate your pores for a deep cleansing.” Also, stay away from cleansers that use alcohol, as it strips skin of moisture.
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