My name is Lola and I am a cleanser-holic.
This love I have for cleansers verges on obsession, and I view cleaning my face not just as a regular habit but a solemn duty. In fact, if I had to come up with a phrase for my beauty blogger tombstone, it would read, "She Always Washed Her Face."
Our faces, particularly for those of us who live in cities, are exposed to a daily assault of environmental toxins, free radicals, pollution, and sundry airborne nasties. Ick factor aside, these are the very things that cause inflammation, breakouts, and premature aging. Things get even more dire when you add in makeup, because even the cleanest, healthiest products aren't meant to be slept in. If you do sleep in them, it's like welcoming congested pores, lackluster skin, and, once again, premature aging with open arms.
All that can be fixed by washing your face. Doing it in the morning is nice to help get rid of the night's sweat, product residue, and dead skin cells with gentle cleansers that refresh (not strip) the skin. But if you have extra-sensitive skin, it may be overkill. That evening cleanse is more important, and it's imperative that you use the right product—and use it correctly. The world of green beauty is filled with a dizzying variety of cleanser types, so it's tough to know how to pick the right one. But fear not! I am here to help you find your cleanser soul mate.