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We are talking about cleansing. Yes, what everyone knows as the very first step of a skincare regime.

Most people cleanse their faces, but how many of us pay as much attention to the products that we use to cleanse our faces with, compared to the investment that we put into picking a moisturiser, for example?

Feeling a little guilty? Then you definitely have to read on, and right the wrong.

Why is cleansing so important?

Our skin is the first line of defence for our body, and it is consistently exposed to bacteria, pollutants, dirt, sebum, dead skin cells, and even viruses. Cleansing thoroughly ensures that these unwanted materials are removed. If not cleansed properly, our skin will be clogged, more susceptible to acne (which is the inflammation of our skin by bacteria), and at the same time, skincare products that we apply will not be able to penetrate our skin and work effectively on us.

Besides hygiene, cleansing is also what helps our skin maintain a healthy level of hydration. If you’ve paid attention in chemistry classes, you might remember that pH 7 is “neutral” (the acidity level of water) while anything below 7 is acidic, and above 7 is alkaline.

Contrary to what most people think, “neutral” isn’t good for our skin. Healthy skin is a little acidic, at approximately pH 4.5 to 5.5; if your skin’s pH is at a lower pH (more acidic), it’ll feel oily, and if it’s more alkaline, it’ll feel dry. Managing your skin’s pH at a healthy level ensures that it looks radiant, bouncy, and allows skincare product to retain within the skin.

How do you choose a good facial cleanser?

1. The pH of your cleanser is important

We talked about the importance of maintaining healthy skin pH and how cleansing can help with this. In order for a cleanser to perform this function, it has to be of pH 5 approximately, to help keep your skin at an optimal pH level.

2. Avoid ingredients that are bad for you

Look at the ingredient label of your cleanser. Products that include ingredients such as parabens, SLS, alcohol, and artificial fragrances can be harmful for your skin. If getting an allergy is a concern, or if you have sensitive skin, it is probably a good idea to go for an organic-certified product that is free from synthetic ingredients. Take note that you can only be sure that a product is truly organic if it has been certified by an authority.

3. Read online reviews

Pay attention to online reviews especially if they are by people who have the same skin type or concerns as you. If you notice a good number of positive reviews about a particular cleanser, there’s a good chance the cleanser really works.

Here’s an organic cleanser for you!

Winter Organics Natural and Organic Chamomile Facial Cleanser - Front

We have tried the Winter Organics Chamomile Facial Cleanser and like the lightweight cleanser. In the form of a gel, this cleanser is at pH 5, which is why is doesn’t feel oily on the skin, but instead leaves us feeling moisturised after cleansing. (You can read reviews by bloggers Chantana, Qiyun, and Sydney to gather more information!)

Using only 100% naturally-derived ingredients, the cleanser contains 85% certified organic ingredients by Australian Certified Organic, and is chemical-free, which means it doesn’t contain parabens, GMO, SLS, SLES, ALS, artificial colours and fragrances. Instead, its natural fragrance comes from botanical ingredients like chamomile, soothing aloe vera, sweet honeysuckle, exotic ylang ylang, warm rosemary, and citrusy orange ingredients. View its full ingredient list for yourself.

If you want to try the Winter Organics Chamomile Facial Cleanser for free, read on to find out what you can do.

1. Follow Winter Organics on Instagram
2. Like the giveaway post 
3. Tag a friend in the post’s comment for an extra chance of winning

Results will be out on Winter Organics’ Facebook page so remember to like the page to follow it for results. Giveaway ends on 23 January 2016, 11.59pm. Results will be announced on 24 January 2016, 9pm.

You can also enjoy 25% off any product from Winter Organics, including the Chamomile Facial Cleanser, from now till 31 Jan 2016, if you use the discount code WINTERORG25. Visit www.winterorganics.com to start shopping now! 

This article is brought to you by Winter Organics.