As promised (a couple of light-years ago, of courseee), here is the post about my latest cleansers - all sulphate-free.
For those of you who haven't explored these products yet, sulphates are used a lot in the cosmetic world, mainly for cleansing products. These are detergent ingredients that are used for the products to lather up, as most of us do enjoy (I used to enjoy it too until I knew better). Lathering makes us use less product and maybe we even like the fresh, tingling, clean feeling we get afterwards. What happens here is that sulphates dry up the skin and that's why we feel it so clean: it is clean, but too clean because almost all (if not all) of your skin's essential oils are being removed - a little oil is good even for oily skin types - it's vital for the skin to function well (if you remove all the oil from your oily skin, it will feel unprotected and threatened and it will create even more oil to compensate).
Well, you can search more about this and I recommend you do, but I won't go longer. Summing up: sulphates are bad for your skin and brands are creating sulphate-free options more and more everyday, so there's no excuse now! (I'm mainly talking about cream textures here because those are my favourites. But if you scroll down to the end of the post, I'll give you some recommendations on gel and foam cleansers as well.)
So I'll start speaking of the cleansers now, from the least liked to the favourite (so, from the most drying to the more soothing and comfortable):
Sunday Riley's Ceramic Slip Cleanser was my first ever sulphate-free cleanser. It's meant for combination and oily skin types and it promises a deep pore cleanse, making pores tighter so they appear smaller. It's like a clay-in-gel, which is comfortable to use and almost doesn't lather up (but it still does a little). Even though I agree that the pores do look smaller after using it (they don't get smaller per se, they just get cleaner and, because of that, they get a little tighter), my skin is always super dehydrated so I don't really think this is for me because my skin is always left a little tight. So I do recommend it to less dehydrated and oilier skin types because the truth is that it works, it's just not for me.
Then we have Noviderm's Boréade Washing Cream, which was recommend by my dermatologist. It's a cream cleanser that does not lather at all and cleanses pretty well - also meant for combination and oily skin types, specially those which are acne-prone. But, because of that, I really do feel it is still kind of drying (waaay less than the Ceramic Slip, but still drying). As I said, my skin is pretty dehydrated, only producing a bit of oil sometimes so maybe this works better on other skin types, but I do think there are better products in this category...
This one is maybe better: VMV Hypoallergenics' Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser. It's also a cream but it isn't as drying at all. However, I do feel it's a bit boring! Yes, boring! I don't know why and I don't exactly know what makes a cleanser not boring... But it's what I think! Ahah
Elave's Hydrating Cream Cleanser is soo much better! It's a very light and fresh cleansing cream-gel that cleanses and soothes the skin. It won't leave any residue behind, so it won't feel super hydrating or anything, it just does its job without upsetting the skin. Like I said here, it's specially great for the Summer because it's so light. Perfect!
REN's ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser (CC3CCC? ahah), which I spoke of here, is amazing. I don't have much to add on that but I do recommend it for sensitive skin types which are acne-prone. It cleanses pretty well and purifies without the dryness - if you have painful acne like I do, this is a must!
Superdrug's Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser (oh my!) was a nice surprise! I didn't use with the cloth it came with because I thought that one was really hard and scratchy, just too much for my sensitive skin - I use it with my bamboo-fiber cloths (that are the bomb; if you still haven't tried them, you should: they're super soft, effective and anti-bacteria). It's a great cleanser because it's cheap and hella good! Will it leave your skin brighter or with less spots? Not really... But it does cleanse your skin carefully and leave it nourished and calm for under £6.
And, finally, May Lindstrom's Honey Mud. Oh god! This is the holy grail of all cleansers... I won't be too long about it, because I've already spoken of it here... But this is the paradise of cleansers (not of our wallets though, clearly). Everything I tried from the brand has been a nice surprise but this is the favourite, it just blows me away every time I use it (I wonder if it's because it smells like chocolate and honey...). Well, it's perfect - you can use it as a mask for a few minutes as well and your skin will just be beautiful... Soft, clean, nourished and everything nice. I can't even explain how much I recommend this, no matter what type of skin you have. Go for it! :)
Have you experimented any sulphate-free cleanser?
If so: did you like the change? did you notice anything different in your skin? which is your favourite?
If not: why not?