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Clear skin starts with knowing what is the right skincare for your skin. In this blog we will cover common questions and share information to help you live confidently with clear, healthy skin.

Cleanser Ingredients: Surfactants

Are the surfactants in your current cleanser healthy or harmful?

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Cleansing is the first vital step in your skincare. Health skin begins with washing away things that have accumulated on our skin, so we tend to prioritize on how well impurities are removed. In addition, people also tend to be more concerned about the texture and how efficiently the cleanser removes make-up.

These are all good things, but we miss a critical detail — the ingredients. 

Some ingredients are pretty bad for our skin and health. Knowing what's included in your cleanser is vital to ensure we’re actually helping our skin. If you're not already conscious of the ingredients you're using on your skin, this lesson is for you.

Surfactants - the biggest factor

Surfactants are detergents that allow water to wash away the oil and dirt from your skin by decreasing the surface tension of water. There is a constant debate about the harmfulness of surfactants. Surfactants are divided into two types: synthetic surfactants and natural surfactants.

Synthetic Surfactants. According to the research, long-term use of synthetic surfactants causes skin irritation effect and results in some degree of damage. Sulfates totally harm the natural skin barrier and cause serious dryness. In effect, they're way too effective to remove oil from your skin, leaving you with a lipid deficiency.

Natural surfactants are plant-derived and have a cleansing effect but do not irritate the skin. Remains on your skin and rapidly disappears, making side effects less likely to occur.

3 Surfactants you should avoid:

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) As reported by Organic and Healthy, approximately 16,000 studies have linked exposure to SLS to irritation of skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental and reproductive issues, neurotoxicity, ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption, mutations, and cancer. The Food and Drug Administration and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review consider the chemical safe in small quantities. However, we don't necessarily have to take the risk, though. These chemicals are best to cut out of your daily routine.

Polyethylene glycol(PEG) Avoiding the use of PEG-based surfactants is highly recommended as there is concern that toxic substances such as ethylene oxide and dioxane may be included in the manufacturing process in the final product polyethylene glycol.  At the International Agency for Research on Cancer, ethylene oxide and dioxane are dangerous substances classified as carcinogens.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) It is derived from coconuts. According to,Cocoamidopropyl betaine can cause skin and eye irritation, itching, blistering and burning sensations. It may also cause serious eye and skin damages, and chronic allergic skin reactions.

3 Surfactants you should look for:

Decyl Glucoside is a, natural, ideal for all cleansing products. Decyl Glucoside is a mild, gentle, surfactant and is ideal for the formulation of personal hygiene products and toiletries because it does not dry the skin.

Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Sodium cocoyl glutamate is a mild surfactant based on vegetables that is obtained from coconut or palm kernel oil and glucose from corn Sodium cocoyl glutamate protects the skin against drying and maintains the content of moisture.

Cocamidopropyl betaine Cocamidopropyl betaine is a coconut oil surfactant that is prevalent in many liquid skin cleansers.Cocamidopropyl betaine doesn't cause skin irritation. In fact, due to its thickening and foaming characteristics, it is often used in cleansers that assist moisturize the skin.

Just be sure to steer clear of high-risk chemical surfactants and to a natural cleanser. You can make a wiser choice if you give a little attention to the ingredients of a product.

If you still have difficulty looking for the right surfactants, try our all-green 611 Quinoa Cleanser formulated with all natural surfactants.

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Quinoa One Step Balanced Gel Cleanser

Our all-natural face cleanser. Our cleanser carefully selected naturally occurring surfactant Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate) as cleansing agents. This is a skin-loving cleanser that clears makeup and pores in one step while delivering a gentle and hydrating wash at your skin’s natural pH.

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