With age comes wisdom, or so our grandmothers would have us believe (though, they didn’t have to contend with social media foibles, but that’s another post). I find these words to ring true as the aging process continues and advancements in skin care continue to accelerate faster than I can vet an ingredient list! When “faced” with so many different choices for protecting and preserving my skin, I remain convinced that less is more and natural, scientifically-proven ingredients are the most effective. My ageless grandmother AND dermatologist agree with me on these points, too!
Much like exercise, it’s not always easy to maintain consistency, but beginning and ending each day with a thorough cleanse using a product formulated for my current skin condition (summer = oily, winter – dry) has absolutely improved the tone, texture, and overall health of my skin. Depending on your skin type and frequent or occasional flare-ups, go ahead and stock your beauty bar with multiple cleansers and use accordingly. MyChelle has developed five cleansers featuring clean, bioactive, artificial fragrance-free ingredients that appeal to users across all ages and stages of life. Take a read, make a choice, and go ahead, treat your skin in the New Year!
Best for: Aging Skin
What it is: Most cleansing exfoliators are too harsh for sensitive skin types, but this best-selling—and best-smelling cleanser (vanilla cupcake, anyone?)—uses fine, natural sugar and is amplified with an anti-aging combination of Matrixyl® Synthe’6™ Peptide, bioactive Plant Extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid
What it does: Gently exfoliates skin’s surface to erase impurities.
Pro tip: After dispensing, use more or less water to achieve the desired exfoliation level.
User tip: “I’m a natural born multi-tasker and this product has completely eclipsed my need for a separate shaving cream or body scrub.” Jevne L., Minneapolis, MN
Best for: Sensitive skin
What it is: An ultra-creamy cleanser powered by Rose Flower Water, Blue Daisy Extract and generously enriched with comforting moisturizing botanicals Neem, French Oak, and Aloe Extract.
What it does: This silky facial formula works quick and goes deep to cleanse and calm skin types prone to redness and irritation.
Pro tip: Be gentle! Resist the urge to scrub or use extremely hot water. Massage onto damp skin, rinse completely and immediately follow with a hydrating serum or moisturizer.
User tip: “My sensitive skin tends to dry-out even faster in the winter so I keep my skin care to a simple, 3-step process that includes only clean, green and natural products including cleanser, an ultra nourishing moisturizer and sunscreen.” Abby D., Kansas City, KS
Best for: Normal skin
What it is: A cult-favorite among beauty enthusiasts, this workhorse of a cleanser features multi-fruit AHAs and Antioxidants to promote healthy-looking skin.
What it does: One pump is enough to help remove dull, dead skin cells, purify pores, and protect against sun, wind, and pollution while helping to improve texture for a more visibly radiant complexion.
Pro tip: Mix with Fruit Enzyme Scrub for a 2-in-1 deep cleansing treatment.
User tip: “I have never found a cleanser I like more. Over the past decade my skin transitioned from 30’s oily to 40’s wrinkles. The Fruit Enzyme cleanser can handle it all.” Kari T., San Francisco
Best for: Oily/Blemish prone skin
What it is: Oily skin types of all ages adore this pore-purging cleanser containing an exclusive NatureClear Complex, which combines dermasyr (an anti-inflammatory), lilac stem cells, yogurtene (a prebiotic), grape stem cell, probiotic, and aloe.
What it does: Thoroughly cleanses skin impurities and irritants, to help bring skin back to a healthy balance while maintaining essential moisture.
Pro tip: If you’re a workout junkie, use this detoxifying cleanser post gym sesh to guard against oil build-up and potential breakouts.
User tip: “At 35 and pregnant, I waited for the “glow” everyone promised and was shocked when my T-zone turned into a danger zone of oil and blemishes. The Cranberry Cleanser helped restore order without over-drying or leaving my face with that too-tight feeling,” Lana G., Biloxi, MO.
Best for: Dry skin
What it is: Gently wash away surface impurities while softening, rehydrating and restoring skin’s moisture levels. Essential Vitamins and exfoliating enzymes from Pumpkin and Honey help to revitalize skin.
What it does: The Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser whisks away surface grit and grime while rehydrating and restoring hydration. Skin is left with a healthy, natural glow.
Pro tip: Use warm, not hot water and apply just enough product to remove dirt and oil, but not so much that a thick lather forms and potentially over cleanses the skin.
User tip: “Pumpkin isn’t just a trendy skin treat for fall! I use this year-round followed by a moisturizer to keep my skin soft and supple.” Clementine R., Eau Claire, WI