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Cleansers are easy to overlook. Most people consider them simply to be a way to remove the day’s dirt and makeup; however, the reality is that cleansers have an inherently powerful effect on the condition of your skin. Whether this effect is positive or negative is ultimately determined by which formula you choose.


Well-formulated cleansers do more than just wash your face. They allow serums and moisturizers to absorb properly along with other product-specific benefits such as exfoliating, unclogging pores, improving tone and texture, restoring your skin’s moisture balance, and more.

On the other hand, low quality cleansers tend to strip and damage skin. When clients come to me with problem skin, it can often be traced back to their cleanser. It’s not uncommon to discover clients using harsh drugstore formulas, body wash, or even bar soap.

Harmful cleansers can...

  • Compromise the skin’s protective barrier

  • Strip away natural oils

  • Unbalance healthy pH

  • Cause irritation, redness, or sensitivity

  • Produce acne breakouts

  • Result in dryness, tightness, or flaking


The ideal cleanser will be medical-grade, gentle, non-irritating, does not clog pores (non-comedogenic), and appropriate for the client’s skin. Sands Advanced Skincare offers excellent dermatologist-developed products which fit the bill — each is suitable for specific skin types, made with clinical strength active ingredients, 100% sulfate-free, and free of artificial fragrance.

* For oily skin, acne, and hyper-pigmentation: Sands Salicylic Face and Body Wash

Micro-exfoliating cleanser with 2% salicylic acid and 1% moisturizing and antimicrobial coconut oil at low pH 4.5 for enhanced dead cell removal. Removes surface dead cell build up to improve luminosity and even skin tone.

  • Deep cleans pores

  • Effectively cleanses without drying skin

  • Improves luminosity and evens skin tone

  • Treats and prevents acne on face and body

  • Calms bikini, folliculitis and razor bumps

* For dry, normal to sensitive skin: Sands Chamomile Facial Cleanser Gentle gel cleanser formulated with chamomile and ginger essential oils to calm and soothe skin, helping to reduce redness and irritation. Algae peptides firm and smooth skin texture, while brown algae extract clears away pollution and makeup.

  • Replenishes moisture and nourishes skin while removing impurities

  • Softens appearance of fine lines and helps smooth skin texture.

  • Gentle on sensitive, post procedure, red or irritated skin.

  • Contains no pore-clogging ingredients.


Cleansing isn’t just a prerequisite for a good skincare regimen, it’s an inherent part of it, and it deserves just as much careful consideration as any other step.

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