How to cleanse skin | Selecting a cleanser for each skin type

How to cleanse skin | Selecting a cleanser for each skin type

The simple act of cleansing make sets the foundation for your entire skincare routine. Our skin is our first line of defense. It cares for us, protecting us from the myraid of environmental factors we face every day. From the sun rays to the pollutants in the air, it works tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. We want to give back to our skin for all it does for us. To help our skin breathe, heal and thrive, it requires gentle, routine cleansing, followed by nourishment and hydration.


Selecting a cleanser for each skin type

A ‘skin type’ is the summary of all the functions of the skin—how much sebum it produces, how it regulates its protective lipid layer, and how it reacts to external factors like heat and dryness, exercise, diet, and stress. We advocate the use of gentle cleansing formulations tailored to skin type and the individual needs of skin.

For those with dry and sensitive skin, it is important to choose a gentle cleanser to avoid stripping or aggravating the skin while preserving its natural oils. These natural oils are crucial for maintaining skin barrier integrity and hydration. Plant-based surfactants and natural extracts & oils in our cleansers can provide an extra boost of hydration, leaving dry skin feeling soft and supple.

Oily and problematic (acne-prone) skin requires a cleanser that helps balance the skin by gently removing excess oil without over-drying or over-stripping, as that can lead to the skin producing more oil to compensate.

Combination skin, characterised by a mix of oily and dry areas, requires a balanced approach - to remove impurities and excess oil from the oilier areas while moisturising dry patches. For normal skin, we suggest a regimen of gentle, yet efficacious cleansing to maintain skin's equilibrium.

A deeper investigation into Carol Priest's approach to caring for the specific needs of each skin type is available in our Skin Type Guide. When selecting a cleanser, opt for a texture and formulation that suits the individual needs of your skin. We offer a range of cleansers, each meticulously formulated to cater to different skin types and concerns. In this guide, we will help you discover the perfect Carol Priest cleanser for your skin.


Understanding the Carol Priest Cleanser Range

We've been creating herbal, plant-based products that are gentle yet effective since the day we started. Our cleansers are no exception. Each is crafted with pure plant surfactants, making them extra hypoallergenic and suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. They are formulated with various natural ingredients to target specific skin types and concerns. Whether you have dry, oily, combination, or sensitive skin, there's a cleanser formulated to meet your unique needs, providing both cleansing and treatment in one step. 


Cleansing milk—a gentle cleanse for skin in need

Favoured by those who prefer a light and refined texture, Carol Priest's Orangeflower Cleansing Milk offers an exceptionally mild yet thorough cleanse without stripping moisture from the skin. Infused with pure cold-pressed Lemon and Neroli Aurantium Essential Oils, this gentle cleanser naturally cleanse and tone, while Sweet Almond and Jojoba Oils soothe and nourish the skin.


Cleansing Cream—for all skin types, especially in cold climates, and winter months

Carol Priest cream cleansers provide extra hydration without stripping, help maintain the skin's natural moisture barrier, and leave the skin feeling soft and supple. 

Our Lavender & Manuka Honey Cleansing Cream is the soothing blend particularly for dry, sensitive & mature skin types. We use hypoallergenic Lavender Oil that effectively soothes and calms redness or irritation in sensitive skin. Active Manuka Honey provides deep hydration and rejuvenates the skin. Working in synergy, they help in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a more youthful complexion.

Our Rose & Almond Oil Cleansing Cream strikes a perfect balance for normal to combination skin, offering hydration where needed and oil control where desired, making it ideal for combination skin types. Rosa Damascena helps balance the skin's pH, hydrating dry areas and controlling oil in the T-zone, while vitamin-rich Almond Oil nourishes the skin, ensuring it remains soft and supple without causing oiliness.

Contrary to popular belief, cream cleansers can be a great ally for oily skin. They help balance the skin by gently removing excess oil without over-drying. This is crucial because over-drying can lead to the skin producing more oil to compensate. 

Our Blue Chamomile Facial Wash helps regulate oil production while maintaining the skin's natural balance. It contains both Blue Chamomile and Roman Chamomile, known for its anti-inflammatory & soothing properties. Targeting acne and oiliness, this cleanser provides a gentle yet effective approach to managing acne-prone and oily skin, reducing blemishes and controlling shine.


Cleansing Gel—a thorough cleanse for a range of skin types

By nature, gel cleansers often contain slightly higher surfactant levels than cleansing oils, milks, or creams, making them more suited for a thorough and invigorating cleanse, particularly in summer months when sebum production may increase. Formulated to give a thorough cleansing experience without causing dryness, Neroli Aurantium Cleansing Gel has its own texture and character.


Each of our cleansers offers unique benefits, catering to different skin types and concerns. From the hydrating and soothing properties of Lavender & Manuka Honey to the brightening effects of Orangeflower, and from the balancing Rose & Almond Oil to the clarifying Blue & Roman Chamomile, there's a perfect match for everyone.