We all owe it to the Internet for schooling us about how important it is to have a proper skincare routine. Now, the most basic and easiest form of skin care includes a total of three products and is popularly known as the CTM routine—no points for guessing what it means, of course. However, in case you were living under a rock, CTM stands for cleanser, toner, and moisturiser, and they are must-have products that anybody and everybody should incorporate into their skincare regimen if they haven’t already.
Now, even though the Internet is gracious enough to fill you in with all the information you need, it’s not necessarily custom made for you, and it even has a reputation for being notorious for giving away false information. But you have nothing to worry about because today is the day that you are going to learn everything that there is to learn about two out of the three products in the CTM routine.
While we truly love surprises, it just struck us that we have already given away the whole surprise element and just wanted to let you know that the only reason moisturisers aren’t a part of this blog is because we are obsessed with them just like the whole skincare community is and wanted to dedicate an entire, detailed piece just about them. So stay tuned!
Moving on to the first product…
At the end of the day, nothing is as therapeutic as washing all the gunk and dirt off of your face, and a cleanser plays an extremely vital role in making you feel revitalised and fresh. Cleansers truly are our best friends. They are designed to get rid of the dirt, dead skin cells, makeup, excess oil, other skin products, pollutants, and anything harmful that accumulates on your skin. Therefore, washing your face should be an essential part of your daily life.
If you are still not convinced, here are some other benefits of washing your face with a cleanser:
- A Boost of Hydration
A cleanser helps in balancing the PH levels of your skin by removing dead skin cells and enabling product and water retention.
- Helps in Maintaining Clear Skin
Excessive build up traps all the hair follicles, sebum, dead skin cells as well as all the unwanted dirt. If you let all of this sit on your skin surface for too long, it leads to inflammation, which eventually leads to breaking out. A cleanser gets rid of all of this and helps your pores breathe.
- Radiant and Glowing Skin
Once the cleanser washes all the dirt and excess oil off of your face, all that you are left with is radiant and glowing skin that looks refreshed.
Now, before you run to the nearest store and pick up the first cleanser on the shelf, allow us to remind you that not all cleansers are the same. We get it... with a plethora of options available in the market, it’s easy to get confused and feel a tad bit overwhelmed.
However, depending on your skin type and skin concerns, there is a soulmate in the form of a cleanser waiting for you to give it a shot, and don’t worry, you do not have to research and surf the Internet for hours to figure out which cleanser is perfect for you. We’ve joined hands with Thalgo to tell you about the best cleanser for your skin.
Dry and Sensitive Skin | Thalgo Gentle Exfoliator
Thalgo’s Gentle Exfoliator is a luscious, silky smooth cream that brightens, smoothens, and is perfect for dry, delicate, and dull skin. This exfoliating scrub is infused with Seve Bleue des Oceans, which helps in both chemical and mechanical exfoliation. Phytic acid chemically breaks intercellular bonds and promotes skin renewal, while jojoba oil micro-beads get rid of dead cells without any risk of abrasion. On contact with the skin, these beads release lipids that are essential for epidermal protection. Apply Thalgo’s Gentle Exfoliator once or twice a week on clean and dry skin. Leave it on for a couple of minutes, scrub your skin using circular motions, and rinse thoroughly.
Normal to Combination Skin | Thalgo Refreshing Exfoliator
Thalgo’s Refreshing Exfoliator is supercharged with Sève Bleue des Océans, which is rich in marine micronutrients, which happens to be the secret ingredient for achieving healthy, glowing skin. But that’s not all; it also helps to remineralise and balance the skin without irritating it, and don’t even get us started with how mesmerising the scent is. It honestly does smell like fresh flowers. The exfoliators come in an extremely luxe gel texture that refines and unmasks your skin’s natural glow. It also has an ingredient called diatomite, which essentially is a micro-algae found near the ocean floor, and it helps in promoting wound healing. Along with diatomite, the almond shell particles and silica powder together offer triple-strength exfoliation, which is suitable for normal to combination skin types. Take a coin-size amount of the Thalgo Refreshing Exfoliator and massage it onto your skin. Do not forget to rinse thoroughly, and follow it up with a moisturiser.
Oily Skin | Thalgo Gentle Purifying Gel
With oily skin, you can’t afford to do anything extreme. Your cleanser can’t be so mild that it fails to get rid of any gunk, and it can’t be too harsh either, or else it’ll strip your skin of all the essential oils. And that’s when Thalgo’s Gentle Purifying Gel comes into the picture! One can describe this cleanser as a gentle but deep cleansing gel that gets rid of all the makeup, impurities, and excess sebum and leaves the skin perfectly clean and refreshed. The two main active ingredients are Moringa Seed and Millenary Algae Duo, they help in de-polluting, regulating the production of sebum, reducing shine and the appearance of enlarged pores. This cleanser is paraben-free, smells like fresh flowers, and is best for people with oily and acne-prone skin, thanks to its zinc-rich algae formulation. With oily skin, you can’t get away with washing your face once a day. For best results, use a small amount of product on damp skin and massage it for a few minutes before rinsing. Do this daily in the mornings and evenings.
For All Skin Types
Thalgo’s Gentle Cleansing Milk formula comprises of mild surfactants and plant oils, which are high in essential omega fatty acids, which help remove all traces of makeup, dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and pollutants gently while simultaneously leaving the skin feeling fresh, soft, and soothing. The Gentle Cleansing Milk is enriched with Séve Bleue des Océans, which performs a triple action on the skin: provides hydration, gives an immediate soothing effect, and strengthens the cellular structure…and Allantoin which helps in significantly reducing discomfort for the dry and sensitive skin types…but that’s not all; it also provides long-lasting oil control, remineralises and revitalises the skin as well. And can we just talk about the cleanser’s floral smell? It’s so divine and calming that it will lift your mood in an instance.
If you are looking for a cream-based cleanser that buffs away all the dead skin cells, cleanses thoroughly and unclogs pores…look no further, because we’ve found the perfect match for you. Thalgo’s Cleansing Cream Foam is a luxurious creamy face cleanser with Seve Bleue of the ocean that helps in cleansing, clarifying, and toning normal to combination skin, but that’s not it... This cleanser’s powerful formulation helps in getting rid of all the dullness, dirt, oil, and makeup efficiently from your face without drying it out completely. This has to do with the fact that the formula is drenched in amino-acid derivatives instead of typical anionic ones, this makes the cleanser a lot gentler and easier for the skin to handle. Speaking of powerful formulations, this cleanser is also 14 times richer in silicium than seawater, 12 times more concentrated in manganese, and contains 8 times more zinc. This water-based cleanser has a luscious creamy texture which turns foamy when it comes into contact with water.
Additional reasons to love this cleanser are that it is paraben free, cruelty free, alcohol free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, and is also dermatologically tested.
This is a non-aggressive facial cleanser that the skincare specialists at Thalgo specially formulated for men. The cleanser gets rid of all the impurities, excess sebum, and toxins while preserving the skin’s natural protective film and improving the complexion and skin tone, leaving the skin feeling rejuvenated, clean, and clear. All these benefits stem from an exceptional active-ingredient list. Thalgo’s Algue Bleue Vitale energises the skin, tackles cellular stress and, at the same time, stimulates cell renewal. Apart from leaving your skin healthier and better looking, Algue Bleue Vitale also helps in managing the physical symptoms of aging. On the other hand, glucose derivatives help in purifying even the most sensitive of skin types, while remaining kind to the hydrolipidic film. Basically, this is a holy grail for any man out there looking for a daily cleanser that smells woodsy, citrusy, and totally refreshing…and is not too abrasive but still gets the job done. Men can use this cleanser twice a day, just a coin-size amount works for the entire face and neck, lather the gel between your palms using water, cleanse your face using circular motions and rinse to finish. Here’s to dirt-free, happy skin!
Now that we’ve covered all the cleansers, let’s move on to the next product, shall we?
Let’s just get this out of our way. Even though a toner may look like water, it is anything but plain simple water.
Toners may by far be the most misunderstood or the most underrated skincare products. While the whole world is busy focusing and raving about moisturisers, the type of moisturisers, and the benefits of moisturisers, we are totally neglecting how toners can instantly improve your skincare game all together.
What Exactly Are Toners?
Toners are water-based, extremely light-weight liquids used to rejuvenate and give your skin that additional boost of hydration. There are many benefits of using a toner (we’ll get to this in a minute), but its main function is to prep your skin to soak in products efficiently to give you maximum results.
Why Use A Toner?
- A toner helps in balancing out the PH levels of your skin, keeping it nourished and healthy.
- No matter how elaborate your cleansing routine is, there may still be traces of makeup and dirt sitting on your skin. Toners helps in removing all that remaining grime post cleansing.
- No product in the world is going to "shrink" your pores. However, a toner gets rid of all the excess sebum, dirt, and dead skin, and this instantly reduces the appearance of pores.
- It also prepares your skin for further skincare/makeup. How? Well, imagine your face after cleansing is like a dry sponge. Now it’s not going to soak up any product easily and the makeup you’ll apply post your skincare will end up looking cakey and patchy.
- Toners are super refreshing and immediately gives your skin that tighter, firmer look.
All of the above reasons make a solid case as to why you should incorporate a toner into your skincare. However, toners, just like cleansers, aren’t a one-size-fits-all... But no fuss, because Thalgo is offering you two great options that we are sure you are going to LOVE!
Thalgo’s Beautifying Tonic Lotion is a marine-based toner made for the face as well as the eyes, and is a must-have step in a cocooning cleansing routine. This toner removes even the last traces of makeup, hydrates, tones, and is suitable for all skin types, including the most sensitive ones. The toner nourishes and hydrates the skin, and is completely alcohol-free, which leaves the skin feeling fresh, clear, and comfortable. According to a self
assessment done by 20 volunteers who used the Beautifying Tonic Lotion twice a day for 14 days, they 100% agree that it thoroughly removes all impurities and makeup, as well as hydrates and tones the skin. The formula is charged with the goodness of Sève Bleue des Océans, grapefruit extract and Gelidium sesquipedale, which help with hydration, toning and energising. The best part about this toner is that it’s paraben-free, mineral oil-free, has no artificial colouring or GMOs and comes with a pump, which makes dispensing easier than ever, no spillage and no hassle ever! All you have to do is pump the lotion on a cotton pad and gently go over your freshly cleansed skin, working from the middle of the face outwards. Don’t forget to apply it to the neck as well and follow it up with your preferred Thalgo moisturiser. Can’t imagine a more perfect way to complete your cleansing routine.
Thalgo’s Mattifying Powder Lotion is the first ever biphase treatment lotion combining astringent water which helps in achieving an instant and long-lasting matte complexion and controlling shine. This toner is specially curated keeping the oily/ combination skin in mind. Let’s talk about the active ingredients that make this toner the best for oily and combination skin types… Millenary Algae Duo: Fucus spiralis and Tetraselmis chui help in regulating sebum production, reducing shine and the appearance of enlarged pores. Zinc and alcohol: These two ingredients thoroughly cleanse the skin and tighten the pores. Silica and Rice Powder Duo: Both help in mattifying the skin and keeping it oil-free. The toner comes in a bottle container and even has an extremely pleasant floral scent to it. When applying the toner, make sure to shake well before, and take some on a cotton pad and mostly focus on the T-zone and avoid the contours of the eyes and lips.
So, those were Thalgo's Cleansers and Toners!
Let us know which of these products are already in your shopping cart... and of course, next up we have moisturisers, for which we are super-psyched. Are you as well?