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Cleansers are often considered a dull part of the skincare routine in comparison to the exciting serums and nourishing moisturisers we apply afterwards to treat and improve our skin. However, cleansing is a vital part of your routine, and rushing it can mean you’re still left with makeup, dirt and sebum on your face, and your active serums don’t stand a chance in getting absorbed into your skin. Even worse, using the wrong cleansing products could be stripping and irritating your skin and destroying your barrier function.

Choose your cleanser carefully

It’s best to find one that’s right for your skin, a gentle and nourishing cleanser that will both refresh the skin and balance oil and sebum. You want to avoid surfactant chemical cleansers that leave your skin taught and shiny, as these use harsh ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate which strip your skin (not to be confused with Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate – a mild surfactant derived from fatty acids). It’s also best to avoid parabens, phthalates and triclosan, as these are common in cheap brands and all known skin microbiome disruptors. Our most-loved is the O Cosmedics Gentle Antioxidant Gel Cleanser, which is perfect for all skin types (including reactive and sensitive skins), and is fortified with anti-pollutant boosters and peptides for the ultimate hydration.

Double cleanse when needed

Do you ever wash your face at the end of the day for a few seconds only to pat it dry and still get makeup all over your towel? To effectively remove makeup and dirt from your face you’ll want to make sure you’re cleansing for at least 30 to 60 seconds, adding a bit of water to emulsify, which will mean the active ingredients in your cleanser can do their work. It can also be good to do a double cleanse in the evening, especially if you’ve been wearing quite a bit of makeup, as well as getting to any grime deeper in the pores. A swipe of micellar gel after cleansing can also help – the O Cosmedics Micellar Treatment Gel is great for removing residual eye makeup as well as protecting the skin.

Prevent the 'Panda Eye' gently wipe the eye area using O Cosmedics Micellar Treatment Gel to cleanse and protect.

Watch your water temperature

Always make sure to use lukewarm water, never hot water (try to keep your face out of direct shower water flow if you love hot showers), as this can upset the skin barrier function with inflammation, dryness and irritation. Cold water might be refreshing, especially in summer, however it won’t soften with your cleanser as easily and removing makeup residue will be more difficult.

Exfoliate, but don’t over-do it

Exfoliation is a must to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin, as this will help brighten your complexion and allow your skin products to penetrate deeper. As we age, our cell turnover is slower, so this helps to keep the process moving along. However, you’ll want to make sure you’re not over-exfoliating with harsh ingredients, which can remove too much of your protective skin barrier that keeps moisture from escaping. Too much, or too harsh exfoliating can cause dry skin, redness, irritation and sensitivity. Less is more – opt for a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week, such as the O Cosmedics Exfoliating Cleanser, which contains four types of exfoliating beads and is fortified with peptides to nourish the skin.

O Cosmedics Micellar Treatment Gel

Micellar Treatment Gel protects and cleanses the skin without water. Its biomimetic, multi-protective and cleansing action neutralises the effect of pollutants (including cigarette smoke and fuel exhaust) to prevent premature ageing and skin damage. Cleanses and purifies all skin types, perfect for asphyxiated, dull and devitalised skins.


O Cosmedics Gentle Antioxidant Gel Cleanser

A gentle daily facial cleanser strengthened with powerful antioxidants. Suitable for all skin types including reactive and rosacea skins, post peel, laser and surgery cleansing. Fortified with anti-pollutant boosters that trap and remove dirt and excess sebum. V8 Peptide Complex® leaves the skin super hydrated and refreshed.


O Cosmedics Exfoliating Cleanser

Cleanser and scrub in one. Empowered with not one but four physical exfoliating beads (Cranberry Seeds, Jojoba Beads, Diatomaceous Earth and Hydrated Silicone Crystals) to offer the skin an invigorating, deep cleansing experience. Fortified with V8 Peptide Complex® the skin is left super hydrated, radiant and awakened.


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