Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Importance of a Natural Cream Cleanser

With the dangers of harmful chemicals and pesticides used in food products becoming common knowledge, most people are much more conscious than they once were about the foods they buy, with more and more people choosing products that are free of harmful chemicals and additives. It is easy to forget that what we apply to our skin, the largest organ in our body, should be of equal concern as what we put in to our bodies.

When it comes to keeping our skin healthy, one of the most important products in our skin care regimen is the cleanser. A cleanser is usually used both morning and night which, for most of us, makes it the most frequently applied skin care product that we use. The fact that a cleanser is applied so often makes it even more important to find a quality product with natural and safe ingredients.

As we age, our skin becomes drier and we produce less of the natural oils that keep our skin moisturized, and fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent as production of collagen and elastin slows. Therefore, it is important to look for a moisturizing and all natural cream cleanser that washes away dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of moisture. There are several natural, plant derived moisturizers that are wonderful for aging skin such as shea butter, sesame oil and jojoba oil.

The nuts of the karite tree are carefully processed to produce shea butter, a wonderful moisturizer found in some cleansers. It is a rich source of antioxidants such as Vitamins A&E as well as crucial fatty acids that help aging skin retain elasticity. Recent research also suggests that cinnamic acid found in shea butter reduces the negative effects of UV damage.

Sesame oil pressed from sesame seeds is often used in cooking, but it offers many benefits through topical application as well. It is an antioxidant-rich oil that is believed to increase circulation, repairing damaged skin cells and restoring a healthy glow to aging skin. It is also rich in Vitamins A&E which help heal sun damage and reverse signs of aging.

Jojoba oil from the seed of the jojoba tree is a unique moisturizer in that it closely resembles human sebum, the skin’s natural lubricant. Jojoba is non-comedogenic and doesn’t evaporate quickly like many water based moisturizers. It provides a protective barrier keeping the moisture in while nourishing the skin.

Luckily, we need not sacrifice effectiveness when choosing a natural product, some of the most effective ingredients that we can find in cream cleansers come from plant sources. Our skin deserves the same special care as the rest of our body, so remember to keep it natural when searching for your next cleanser.