12 November 2009

Know Your Ingredients: Facial Cleansers

We all need a good facial cleanser, something that will help remove all the dirt, eliminate bacteria and toxins, and more. The trick to getting all these great things that come from face cleansers is finding the right product and knowing whats in it. So many times all these products are full of things you never heard of or things that can be bad for you. Gimme That Glow has decided to start a new series to help you understand the product ingredients and find the best ones for you. We wanted to start this series with facial cleansers because its probably one of the most important products we all use on our face.

In most facial cleansers you will find a mixture of some type of these particular ingredients: Water. Moisturizers help maintain and hydrate the skin.(Example Gylcerin,Dimethicone) Surfactants, which are surface acting agents which blend water components that actually lift away oil.(Example Polysorbate) Fragrance which is usually used to hide the smell of the other ingredients such as surfactants. Lathering Agents is used to make cleanser foam.(Example: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)Thickners helps to thicken cleansers and help stablize all the ingredients. (Example Stearic Acid) Preservative help to prevent growth of microorganisms. (Example Potassium Sorbate) Dyes/Pigments help give cleansers a certain color (Example D&C Red #33)

A good facial cleanser will consist of some great natural elements that will work to keep that face great such as olive fruit, seed oils, barley extra, aloe vera, caffeine, Citric Acid, Malic Acid (Apples), and Tartaric Acid (Grapes).


  1. great post! which ingredients do you recommend people stay away from? i.e. causes excessive dryness, harmful to skin, etc

  2. Very good post! I always stay away from mineral oil. My skin can't take it and it just leaves me clogged.

  3. Ladies Im glad you liked. I shall tackle your question for this week! Thanks for the feedback.


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