Simply Cleanse with SBC

The most commonly misused, and probably most underrated, skincare product is the cleanser.

Cleansing is the first step of your skincare routine, and if done properly it is to prep it for the next steps of your routine. If you don’t cleanse your face thoroughly before applying other products, they simply will not be as effective as they should be. Cleansers dissolve daily dirt, grime, impurities, and make-up, which, if left on the skin, can lead to a dull, congested and ageing complexion.

With so many cleansers available it is easy to feel overwhelmed when deciding which one to use. Understanding the difference between types of cleansers will allow you to narrow down your options and makes the hunt for your perfect cleanser easier.

Most Common Types of Cleansers

  1. Gel Cleansers are clear and are generally designed for deep cleansing. They are effective at decongesting clogged pores and removing excess oil, to help mattify the oily or combination skin types. Sage & Lemon Cleanser, All Skins 3-in-1 Cleanser
  2. Cream Cleansers are perfect for hydrating the skin. They gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils, cream cleansers include milks and lotions, which are ideal for dry, dehydrated skin types. Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser
  3. Foam cleansers are lightweight cleansers that burst into a rich, foamy lather. This type of cleanser removes excess oil as effectively as gel cleansers, and therefore best for oily, problematic skins, and combination skin types. Cotton Foaming Cleanser
  4. Oil Cleansers, it is often thought that you shouldn’t use an oil cleanser on oily skin, however, oil cleansers are an effective and gentle way of removing pore-clogging debris without drying your skin. Generally, oil cleansers are suitable for all types of skin.
  5. Cleansing Balms are very similar to oil cleansers, as they are made from oils and mixed with wax to achieve a thicker consistency. Their rich formulas make them great for those with combination or dry skin – a great nourishing winter cleanser.
  6. Micellar Cleansers feature ‘micelles’ (tiny oil molecules) which are suspended in soft water that attract oil, dirt and makeup and you don’t need to rinse them off with water, they are the ideal ‘quick fix’. 

Cleansers for your Skin Type

The skin type and condition of your skin should affect your choice of cleanser. To ensure you get the desired results your cleanser should be specific in treating the needs of your skin condition:

  • Oily Skin: Gel-based cleansers, foaming cleansers and clay cleansers work best at removing impurities and excess oil. Oily skin needs gentle care that helps balance excess oil and shine and battles blemishes. Our Sage & Lemon Cleanser can help tackle oily, troublesome skin.
  • Dry, Dehydrated Skin: Cream cleansers and oil-based cleansers can help add moisture to the skin. Dry and dehydrated skin needs gentle cleansing that cleans the skin without leaving it feeling tight or uncomfortable. Try our best-selling Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser.
  • Combination Skin: Combination skin has different needs, which can make it tricky to care for, usually, a lotion or water-based cleanser is preferable. Our Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser can hydrate and help balance without drying. SBC’s All Skins 3-in-1 Cleanser  is also suitable, to leave skin feeling fresh smooth and thoroughly cleansed.
  • Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin requires extra-gentle cleansing, look for calming formulas that won’t irritate the skin, and avoid anything that may strip the skin. SBC have formulated the Cotton Foaming Cleanser to help soothe sensitive skin without causing dryness or irritation. Our Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser. is also gentle enough for sensitive skin.
  • All Skin Types:  Oil Cleansers, Cleansing Balms and Micellar Waters are suitable for all skin types, they generally incorporate different ingredients to target specific skin concerns.

Double Cleansing – Fad or Fact?

In our opinion – twice the effort doubles the benefit!

Double cleansing is a two-step method for cleansing your skin: the first cleanse is to remove make-up/SPF/impurities; the second cleanse allows the key ingredients from your cleanser to penetrate your skin and be more effective. Double cleansing should be a necessity if you wear make-up, but also if you wear a daily SPF or spend a lot of time in a city, which can result in added free radical build up on the skin.

In terms of types of cleansers for your double cleanse you can use the same cleanser twice, however, to maximise the benefits of your routine we would recommend incorporating two different cleansers to achieve ultimate nourishment! The double cleanse will properly prepare your skin to absorb all the luscious products you choose to apply in the rest of your routine, which gets you the results you want quicker.

If you already use an eye-makeup remove or Micellar Cleanser before you wash your face, you are already double cleansing. Alternatively, cream or balm formulas will melt seamlessly into dry skin, helping to dissolve any remaining traces of the day, ready for your second cleanse. For your second cleanse consider a gel or creamy formulation suitable for your skin type or skin concern.

SBC’s Cleansing rules:

  1. Cleanse your face every morning – a splash of water will not cut it, skin can still get a build up of dirt and oil from your pillow.
  2. More importantly, cleanse your face every night – without fail! Even if you don’t wear make-up – dirt, oil and pollutants will build-up on your skin.
  3. Use our SBC Skin Shammy to remove your cleanser instead of just rinsing with water. The Shammy thoroughly removes impurities while also sloughing off dead skin cells and excess product for a brighter complexion.
  4. Don’t use freezing cold water or scalding hot water – both will cause damage to your skin. Go lukewarm – if it is a nice warm temperature for your hands it will be fine for your face.
  5. It is important to incorporate exfoliating into your cleansing routine. Exfoliation simply gives your complexion an instant glow by clearing away the dead skin cells that cause dullness. SBC’s Green Tea & Gingko Biloba Face Polish should be used 2-3 times a week, after cleansing.

Trust us – an effective cleansing routine will leave you with beautiful, glowing, healthy looking skin!

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SBC Loves Gingko Biloba – Squeaky Clean Skin

Nature gives us some amazing ingredients and Ginkgo Biloba is one of them. Keeping skin clear and even looking, it is brilliant for those suffering with problematic, uneven skin.

About Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba, is a very old species of tree which is from the Ginkgophyta family, and is the last type to exist as the others breeds are now extinct. Native to China, Ginkgo Biloba has been used throughout the ages and are very tall, the average height reaches between 20–35 metres with some over 50.

Having as strong resistance to diseases they have an insect-resistant wood and can form aerial roots and sprouts. These makes the Ginkgo Biloba have a long life span, some specimens have been claimed to be more than 2,500 years old.

How can Ginkgo Biloba help skin?

Natural Anti-inflammatory

Containing anti-inflammatory properties, Ginkgo Biloba helps to reduces area of swelling, reducing redness and easing the pressure caused. Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema and be calmed and soothed with this ingredient, and used regularly, can slow down the rate at which these conditions occur.

Anti-Ageing & Antioxidant Rich

Substances such as polyphenols and flavonoids which are found within Ginkgo Biloba help to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. It also helps to prevent further oxidative damage from occurring to the skin, and it is this which can speed up the ageing process. With these antioxidant compounds present, the skin will begin to look younger and healthier, with the signs of ageing reduced and fine lines and wrinkles fading.

Evening Out Hyper-Pigmentation

Helping to soften the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, Ginkgo Biloba does this by balancing out the skin’s melanin content. Areas of a higher concentration will be lowered, creating an even complexion and will be beneficial for those suffering with skin conditions such as Vitiligo.

Anti-bacterial

With natural anti-bacterial properties, Ginkgo Biloba is an excellent ingredient for combating breakouts and skin conditions such as acne. Keeping the surface of the skin free from bacteria, skin will look brighter with an even texture and will heal and grow new cells much more efficiently.

Collagen Building

Boosting collagen production, Ginkgo Biloba stimulates the fibroblasts found within the skin, which in-turn causes an increase in the production of collagen, helping skin to preserve its firmness and elasticity.

SBC’s All Skins 3-in-1 Cleanser is a highly effective triple action cleanser that leaves skin cleansed, fresh and bright. Containing botanical extracts of Ginkgo Biloba and Green Tea, this refreshing gel cleanser removes all traces of make-up and impurities, gently lifts away eye make-up and tones skin with its revitalising tonic properties. Suitable for all skin types, except sensitive.

British skincare brand SBC, has poured their expertise, passion, dedication and extensive knowledge into its collections, inspired by nature’s most potent and active forces.

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