Photo Credit: Camryn Harder
I have a morning routine that usually gets me out of the door quickly and stress-free. But as someone with sensitive skin, I have had a few too many experiences with morning face cleansers that left my skin irritated and blotchy red. Not a good start to my mornings.
Stripping my skin of its natural moisture and oils
After doing some research, I found out that most facial cleansers “over-cleanse” and leave the skin stripped of its natural oils and moisture. You can tell by the tight feeling or skin irritation you experience after cleansing. By stripping the skin of its natural moisture, this could lead to dryness and premature skin-aging. On the flip side, it can also lead to overproduction of skin sebum (the oils produced by your skin) to compensate for the dryness after cleansing.
I thought that by using traditional cleansers, my skin was feeling “clean”, but really it was being purged of its natural moisture and oils.
What our skin really needs in the morning
I realized our skin actually does not require such an “intense” level of cleansing, especially in the morning. Because I already cleanse my skin during my night routine, the only thing I need to worry about in the morning is any build-up of natural sebum on the surface of my skin. I needed something gentle in the morning to remove excess oil, but still leave my skin feeling hydrated, clean, and refreshed.
I was on a mission to create a new way of cleansing my skin so that I could start my day with it nourished and cleansed. Along came our Matcha + Kelp Gentle Cleansing Powder.
Why use cleansing powders?
Our mission at SCHMEAR is to create wholesome skincare products from using real food ingredients. This meant staying away from synthetic preservatives, alcohols, mineral oil, and other petroleum-based ingredients that are commonly found in conventional cleansers. By creating a gentle cleansing powder that can be activated with water, we are able to avoid using any preservatives in our formulation. Drying food and plant ingredients is such an effective way of preserving its nutritional value!
Food ingredients found in our Matcha + Kelp Gentle Cleansing Powder:
Oatmeal and rice powder both have natural saponins that can provide a gentle cleansing action. And in particular, colloidal oatmeal acts as a skin-protectant and is perfect for treating any skin irritations and sensitivities. Combining these two ingredients, it provides a very gentle exfoliation to remove excess grime and sebum found on the surface of the skin.
We also added these skin nourishing ingredients to the formulation:
- Matcha: packed with antioxidants and chlorophyll to help brighten and energize the skin
- Sea Kelp: a soothing ingredient to help decongest the skin and retain its moisture
- Apple Cider Vinegar: the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) found in this ingredient helps tone, cleanse, and balance the pH of the skin
- Jasmine & Lavender Oil: to create a grounding and calming experience
This natural cleanser is a different approach to our usual face cleansing routine. It’s new to mix a powder and water in your palm every morning, but this also means you are staying away from preservatives and emulsifiers in your skin routine. It leaves my skin feeling cleansed and nourished, and it’s great waking up to the subtle refreshing scent and the grounding routine every morning.
Hope this gentle cleanser nourishes your morning skincare routine!