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Nadia Porter

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Tips to stop skin feeling tight after cleansing

Does your skin feel tight after cleansing? That tight, 'squeaky clean' feeling is a sign your skin has been stripped of natural oils and the barrier that keeps skin healthy and hydrated has been disturbed.   The good news is that there are ways to reduce or eliminate post-cleanse tightness, first, let's look at the reasons this happens: 

Cleansers with soaps

Cleansers that contain soaps, sulfates  such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are one of the most common reasons for irritated and tight feeling after cleansing.   Soaps are added to effectively 'clean' the skin, but they take away all of the natural oils that are needed to keep hydrated and protected.  Similarly, ingredients such as SLS or SLES are used primarily as foaming agents but are known irritants.