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Last updated on April 20th, 2017
I finally found a perfect facial cleanser that is concern-free and also very affordable. After I wrote about my favorite skin care products, I have received lots of requests for very affordable safe skin care product recommendations. With price in mind, I came up with a complete skin care routine you can adopt without breaking the bank.
About facial cleansers
Essentially there are two common types of facial cleansers. One type is made with synthetic cleaning agents – aka surfactants. There are numerous surfactants, which typically fall into two categories: those which are found to be toxic and those for which sufficient safety data has yet to be developed. There are very few surfactants that have been studied and found to be safe. So, my general rule of thumb is to try to avoid synthetic surfactants.
The other type of facial cleansers is made with by the process of saponification, where oil is reacted with an alkali (if made correctly, no alkali remains in the final product). This is the traditional way to making soap. The downside of the saponified soap is that it can be drying for the skin. After using only toxin-free products and eating a healthy diet, my skin is normal now. However, I noticed every time I use a saponified cleanser, my skin gets a little dry, which is not a huge deal because I follow up with facial oil.
Both types of these cleansers need preservatives because they contain water, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Lots of preservatives are associated with health concerns. I noticed that some cleanser manufacturers get around that by making what they claim is a preservative-free shampoo. However, as I understand things, FDA regulations prohibit selling preservative-free shampoos, probably because to do so might endanger people – especially people with weakened immune systems. Another option is to make a cleanser with high pH, which prevents bacteria but also can result in the cleanser being too drying for the skin.
That said, here is my affordable skin care routine.
The perfect facial cleanser I found for all types of skin
You might think that a facial cleanser made with 100% oils is only suitable for normal or dry skin. I know that some skin care formulators strongly believe that it is important to use soap-free cleansers on oily skin as the more you dry the skin, the more you motivate skin to produce oil to replenish the loss. That makes sense to me. But as my skin is normal, I can’t attest to this theory. I would love to hear from you guys to see what your experience has been.
Argan Facial Cleansing Oil
Ingredients: *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, *Menthol (Menthol Crystals), Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), *Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil. *= Certified Organic
What I Like: It is certified organic. There are no preservatives. It is packed in a glass bottle. Every time you use it, you will give yourself a spa treatment. I put 2 pumps onto my palm, massage the oil on my face until all my face is covered, use a wet, warm washcloth to remove the oil, dirt, and make-up. If you start with your mascara, turn the cloth over after you are done so you do not rub the mascara into your face. The warmth of your cloth will open the pores and will give you a refreshing feeling like in a spa.
Where to buy: you can find it on Badger’s website or Amazon
I like to use terry cloths with this cleansing oil such as these ones
Affordable Facial Oils to Use After Cleansing Oil
Badger Balm carries facial oils in all skin care lines listed above. They range between $14.99 to $16.99 for 1 oz. On Amazon you can find them a little cheaper.
Acure Organics offers a number of certified organic really inexpensive face oils starting at $10.99. I am currently trying Seriously Firming Serum for only $15, which I like, but now that my skin is not dry anymore I find it a little bit heavy. I think it will be perfect for somebody with dry skin.
So I hope you are glad to learn about my perfect facial cleanser and other affordable skin care products. Try them and let me know what you thought. Enjoy!
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