How Important is Cleansing, Really?

My A.M. Cleansing Routine

Lately, I’ve been witnessing the rising trend of ditching facial cleansers in the morning in lieu of splashing one’s face with water. Does anyone else find this ritual bizarre? To me, this is about as normal as brushing one’s teeth without toothpaste, or taking a shower without soap.

I happen to think that cleansing my face, especially in the morning, is the most important step that sets the tone for the rest of my (skincare) day!

Our skin does a lot while we sleep including increased cellular turnover; it is also the bodies largest organ and the requirements of our skin can change daily based on hormones, diet, etc. For these reasons, I like to listen to my skin when I wake up to understand what it needs.

Is my face feeling tight? Is it rough? Does my skin need a double cleanse? Extra exfoliation? Or can I just use a gentle cleanser? When I tailor my cleansing routine to my skin’s daily needs, the results I achieve are a more healthy and vibrant glow.

My Morning Routine Options:

My skin feels tight: Exfoliation followed by a gentle cleanse or mask.

My skin feels normal: Gentle cleanse or active cleanse.

My skin feels rough: Exfoliation followed by an active cleanse or mask.

My Favorite A.M. Cleansers:

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser $42-$82

This gritty cleanser is a holy grail ritual for me. It has an aloe-base so it rinses really clean and leaves my skin feeling fresh! The scent is also bright and awakening! With 11 active ingredients, it polishes, refines, decongests & plumps the skin. Using this first thing in the morning on dry skin really helps to soften my complexion if I wake up and my face feels tight.

Osea Ocean Cleanser $48

I have written about this cleanser in-depth in a previous post and absolutely love how potent it is with algae extract and lactic acid. My skin LOVES lactic acid! It does a fabulous job of keeping my skin smooth which sets the perfect canvas for the rest of my skincare regimen and make up. Tip: This would be what I consider an “active cleanser” with its powerful ingredients that work deep to exfoliate the skin.

Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser $35

I discovered Nuori when I traveled to Denmark with my sister last fall, and I love how this unique brand boasts freshness (Nuori recommends using their products within a few months of batching to get the most effectiveness from their ingredients). This foaming cleanser is uber gentle and has a beautiful floral-citrus scent. Full of humectants and pomegranate enzymes, it leaves my face feeling undisturbed yet cleansed and soft.

Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Cleanser $60

Earthwise Beauty has captivated my heart and this cleanser had me instantly smitten! This small-batch, organic, unrefined cleanser leaves my skin silky-soft and clean. A little goes a long way and the formula is full of calming and soothing ingredients like calendula & chamomile flowers, marshmallow roots, cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil and jojoba seed oil to nourish my skin and keep it clear.

Final Thoughts

Gone are the days of using Cetaphil to cleanse, and I don’t think I will ever forgo cleansing to simply rinse my face with water in the morning. I enjoy a variety of cleansers depending on my skin truth each and every day. Giving myself options allows me to truly listen to my skin and give it what it needs to achieve a more smooth and glowy complexion.

Remember, you are appreciated and worthy of self-care and love.



Please comment below! What is your favorite morning cleanser? Have you ever tried just splashing with water? What are your thoughts?


Product Highlight: Osea Ocean Cleanser

Feel the Burn!

Personally, the true testament on how healthy my skin is, is when it feels silky and smooth to the touch while cleansing. Even if my skin appears clear, nothing escapes my touch while washing my face and so this is why I am sharing my love of the Osea ocean cleanser with you. I use this cleanser as a second step in my routine (after my first cleanse) and it has made a remarkable difference in the texture of my dry, acne-prone skin. What makes this cleanser so special is the ability to feel its effectiveness on the first try, a.k.a. the burn! And to me, that’s quite impressive.

I received this product initially in my clean essentials kit ($25), and knew immediately it was a keeper! I am now on my second full-sized bottle and this will be part of my skin-care routine for the next FOREVER.

Follain Clean Essentials Kit

Initial thoughts:

This s*$t burns! That doesn’t sound very pleasant, but like a good workout, I want to feel a cleanser working on my skin. I want to know it’s melting away dead skin, remaining makeup and of course, blemishes.

Ingredient highlights:

  • Lactic Acid – assuming this is where the burn comes from, Lactic acid is a super-gentle form of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and does not bother my skin like salicylic acid does. No eczema flare-up here! Lactic acid is very effective at helping to remove dead skin and improve skin texture. It does increase sensitivity to the sun, so it is imperative to wear sun screen while using an AHA. It is also safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding since it is an ingredient our body makes (think sore muscles after a workout).
  • Algae extract – this is the second ingredient listed so you know there’s a lot of it in there! Osea does a fabulous job at explaining their ingredients, so I’ll let them do the talking:

Benefits of Bioavailable Seaweed
Seaweed (marine algae) is one of the most abundant sources of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It is ten times richer in trace elements than land plants! Seaweed is unique in that it contains bioavailable ingredients, meaning that its active, nutrient-rich compounds are more readily absorbed by your body. Greater absorption of nutrients, means better results for your skin. Because of its bioavailable nature, seaweed provides a multitude of benefits including reducing the appearance of redness and blemishes, brightening, hydrating, remineralizing, reducing the appearance of sun damage and firming skin.

Product Experience:

This cleanser has a gel-like creamy texture and smells of lime with a hint of cypress and juniper essential oils. It spreads easily on damp skin with zero lather. For me, there is an immediate burning sensation (I’d like to think this is because I exfoliate so regularly) and upon rinsing, any tingling subsides. I like to utilize a muslin-cloth to take my cleanser off, only to ensure any remaining makeup is removed and because I realize my hands are only so-so at getting the job done.

Final thoughts:

This product is one of the most effective cleansers I’ve ever used in keeping my skin’s texture smooth and acne-free. It is gentle enough for every day use and the ingredient list is enviable – check them out below! As if that weren’t enough, the pleasant smell and texture add to the enjoyment of using this product. Osea, thank you for developing this product and for your commitment to effective, beautiful ingredients.

Remember, you are appreciated and worthy of self-care and love.



Comment below! Have you tried this product? What did you think?

*$20 off $100 Osea offer*

Natural Derived Ingredients: Aqua, *Algae Extract, Decyl
Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Sorbitan Olivate,
*Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis
(Jojoba) Seed Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Tocopherol
(Vitamin E), *Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis
(Orange) Oil, *Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil, *Cupressus
Sempervirens (Cypress) Seed Oil, *Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine)
Oil, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate,
Chlorophyll Extract *Organic Ingredient