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Now that summer is over, let’s talk about how to get your sun kissed (and possibly sun damaged) skin glowing for fall. The easiest way to rejuvenate your skin is to start with a cleanser. Beauty companies pour major bucks into developing cleansers that contain everything from green tea antioxidants to micro exfoliants. Sounds impressive but if you’re a crazed mama like me, your cleansing routine lasts about a minute – so all of those magical ingredients get washed right off your face before making any real difference. Also, those magical ingredients can sometimes lead to over-cleansing and over-drying because of the urge to scrub away fine lines and clogged pores in the hopes of looking younger. I know, you can’t help yourself.
zia-cleanser.jpgThe best way to keep skin in great shape is by keeping cleansing simple. Skin looks much healthier if you use a cleanser that gently removes the day’s build up of dirt and grime without stripping your face of its natural oils. Gentle, soap-free cleansers help to keep your skin’s hydration levels in balance. This helps keep skin looking plump and youthful. Plus, when your skin is in a natural state of balance, it can better absorb those magical ingredients in your moisturizers and treatment products. More on that later. Below are some of my favorite cleansers.

For oily skin: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($6.99) – This foaming, non-irritating formula is designed to remove surface oils, dirt and makeup without leaving oily skin feeling tight or overly dry.

For combination skin: Zia Fresh Cleansing Gel ($15.95) – This non-foaming gel cleanser refreshes and purifies with mineral-rich sea algae and natural sugars.

For normal skin: Shikai Borage Facial Cleanser ($10.99) – This formula contains natural humectants and a high aloe content.

For dry skin: Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk ($33.95) – This cream formula removes dirt and impurities with a luxurious blend of unique plant oils while maintaining the skin’s natural pH layer.

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