For example, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a highly effective foaming agent—chemically known as a surfactant—that is found in 90 percent of all commercial soaps and shampoos. But beware: that foaming sensation comes at the price of potentially harmful, long-term side effects including skin damage, cataracts and liver toxicity. Due to its abrasive chemical makeup, SLS is also found in floor cleaners, laundry detergents and engine degreasers. So, the next time you wash your face, make sure your cleanser does not belong in your laundry room or garage. Instead, the No. 1 rule when it comes to finding the perfect cleanser is to: Pick the formula based on your skin type.
Cosmedix Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser ($49.50 | 100mL): Give your skin the benefit of a fresh start every day with this gentle antioxidant-loaded formula, which is refreshing, and doesn’t dry out your skin. Used as your morning cleanser, the Benefit Clean focuses on soothing, cleaning and hydrating your face. This deep cleansing formula is appropriate for delicate, sensitive and normal skin types. Added bonus: makeup layered on top will apply more smoothly!
Aspect Purastat 5 ($61.60 | 240mL): Free your skin of imbedded dirt, makeup, excess sebum and damaging pollutants by way of an exceedingly gentle blend of sugar and coconut extracts that cleanse, renew, restore, protect and comfort the skin. Added bonus: measurable increase in skin hydration that persists for up to 4 hours – long after you have rinsed the cleanser off.