The science of Cleansing: Finding the perfect Cleanser

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24 November 2023

To have blemish-free, flawless, glowing skin is a dream for many, but figuring out how to achieve it can stress anyone out. That is where custom skincare can come to your aid, and address the issues standing in the way of you and perfect skin.

Cleansing is the first and most essential step of any Skincare routine. With the abundant choices in the market, finding the perfect cleanser for yourself can be quite a challenge, but don’t worry! We’re here to help!

As the name suggests, a cleanser should help cleanse your skin’s surface, effectively removing sweat, dirt, sebum, dead skin cells, and makeup. This is a cornerstone of an effective skincare routine since it removes impurities from the skin to prevent problems like acne flare-ups, clogged pores, or infecting existing acne.

You need to keep certain steps in mind when picking a cleanser for yourself, namely:

    1. Identify your skin type
    1. Identify your skin concerns
    1. Examine the ingredientsyou want to include in your routine
    1. Pick the perfect cleanser!

Let’s begin!

Identify your Skin Type

You can easily determine your skin type by answering two questions. How much oil does your skin produce and how sensitive is it to new or strong ingredients?

The sebaceous glands in our skin produce oil (sebum) to lubricate and protect the skin. However, when the skin produces too much or too little sebum, it causes certain skin problems.

The science of Cleansing: Finding the perfect Cleanser

If your skin produces a lot of oil, you have oily skin.

If your skin feels tight and dry, with little to no oil on the surface, you have dry skin.

If your skin is oily around the T-zone (the nose, chin, and forehead,) and dry in other places like the cheeks, you have combination skin.

If your skin has balanced oils and no texture problems, you have normal skin.

If your skin reacts to environmental changes, pollution, and strong ingredients, and is prone to inflammation and reactions, you have sensitive skin. All other skin types may also be dry, oily, or combination types in addition to being sensitive.

Identify your Skin Concerns

Oily skin is the result of excess sebum production. The excess oil can clog pores and trap dirt inside, leading to acne flare-ups, intense scarring, and inflammation. Oily skin requires a cleanser that removes excess oil and deep cleans pores.

Dry skin is the result of low sebum production. The skin feels dry, tight, and rough to the touch. Fine lines, dullness, wrinkles, and patches are also more prominent in dry skin. A cleanser for dry skin must adequately remove impurities from the skin without stripping away moisture. A hydrating cleanser that is gentle and nourishing is ideal.

Combination skin is dry in certain areas and oily in the T-zone. A cleanser for combination skin should balance skin oilswithout stripping away any moisture from the skin. Combination skin is acne-prone and in addition to that, deals with texture problems, inflammation, dehydration, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.

Normal skin has balanced skin oils and no specific texture concerns. A cleanser for normal skin must be hydrating, protect the skin barrier, and prevent any potential breakouts or infections.

Sensitive skin is highly reactive to environmental factors and strong ingredients. Usually, sensitive skin is also more prone to have a damaged skin barrier. It is advised to use a cleanser that is paraben-free, sulphate-free, and contains gentle and non-irritating ingredients.

Examine the ingredients you want to include in your routine

Certain ingredients help deal with specific skin problems. Here are a couple of popular skin-soothing ingredients you might want to look for when in pursuit of the perfect cleanser for you.

Tea Tree Oil — Famously anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, tea tree oil is present in most anti-acne products, because of its many skin-soothing benefits. It penetrates the pores and prevents clogging, kills acne-causing bacteria, andremoves toxins from the skin. It relieves irritated skin and helps ease redness and swelling.

Aloe Vera — With incredible antibacterial properties, aloe vera protects the skin barrierand is a great moisturiser for all skin types. It helps fade acne and acne scars, soothes inflammation,and improves collagen production and skin elasticity.

Vitamin C — With incredible antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, Vitamin C extracts instantly brighten the skin, fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and help hydrate and refine the skin. It also has anti-aging and skin-repairing properties.

Date Palm Extract — With incredible anti-aging propertiesthathelp deal with wrinkles and fine lines, Date Palm extract improves skin elasticity, hydrates the skin, and helps skin heal and regenerate.

Witch Hazel Extract –Itactivates mood-enhancing neuropeptides. Witch Hazel Extract alsoreduces skin redness, soothes irritated skin, and has anti-microbial properties that ward off infection.

Turmeric Oil — Enriched with antiseptic and antifungal properties, Turmeric Oil helps dry out pimples and prevents further breakouts.

The science of Cleansing: Finding the perfect Cleanser

The Perfect Cleanser

It is hard to find a single product that fixes all your skin problems, but this one comes pretty close. SEREKO’s Clarifying Cleanser is a gentle yet effective product that is suited to all skin types. It deep cleanses pores, balances skin oils, and effectively removes all impurities from the surface of the skin without stripping it of moisture. It balances the skin’s pH,and hydrates without depositing any oil components, making it the perfect cleanser for addressing the problems of all skin types.

SEREKO’s Clarifying Cleanser doesn’t just treat skin problems like active and recurring acne, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots, it actively works to smooth and brighten skin from the first use and boosts collagen production in the skin, aiding in the regeneration of new cells. Powered by NeuroCalm® the Clarifying Cleanser also has mood-enhancingproperties — it lowers cortisol levels and boosts serotonin output in the body, effectively rooting out the cause of stress-induced acne and other skin conditions.

With instantly apparent results and so many benefits, you cannot afford to pass this up!

SEREKO and the Miracle of Psychodermatology

Psychodermatology is an emerging science that combines the study of Dermatology and Psychology. It examines the skin-mind connection and works to heal stress-related skin conditions. Studies estimate that between 25–33% of people suffer from skin diseases affected by psychological factors.

SEREKO, India’s 1stPsychodermatology Brand has an entire range of Skincare and Nutraceuticals formulated to fight skin problems and elevate your mood by lowering cortisol levels and increasing serotonin output. All their products are infused with NeuroCalm®, a scientific blend of plant-powered actives that works to fight skin problems and manage your stress levels. At the forefront of scientific advancement in Skincare, SEREKO endorses a holistic sense of well-being.

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