Our skin is constantly met by a barrage of irritants both inside and outside the home. The push to wear SPF daily - even indoors - exists because it is the most effective way to combat the harmful effects of UV rays - well established as the leading cause of premature aging. While the application of sunscreen is a simple fix, there are some culprits brought into the home by necessity, and while these products cannot be avoided altogether, they can be switched out for cleaner choices - for the sake of your skin.
With an ingredient list that sounds like an unappetizing chemical cocktail, and despite having the potential to irritate the skin, life is dirty, so we rely on laundry detergent to clean all manner of soils, stains, and grime from our clothing and household fabrics. However, despite their questionable makeup, these detergents do, at the very least, deserve kudos for performing a miraculous sort of science experiment each time you press start on the washing machine.
Laundry detergents work by using a combination of surfactants, enzymes, and other chemicals to break down and remove dirt, oil, and those other mysterious stains from clothing. Surfactants are the primary cleaning agents in laundry detergent while enzymes help break down and dissolve protein-based stains, such as blood and sweat. Other chemicals like bleach and fabric softeners are added to help brighten and soften fabrics, while fragrances are thrown into the mix to take you away from the laundry room, and into a field of flowers or the seaside. While today's detergents are incredibly effective for overall cleaning and targeted stain removal, their ingredients may have the capacity to irritate the skin, particularly sensitive skin and especially more delicate facial skin.
It is not uncommon for residue from laundry detergents to remain on clothing, bedding and towels even after washing, causing irritation when coming into contact with the skin. Fragrances, in particular - a component of this residue - are well known to be common skin irritants, and can cause contact dermatitis, a type of rash. Detergents can also be drying - stripping the skin of its natural oils, which increases its susceptibility to both irritation and premature aging.
For these reasons, it is often recommended to choose a hypoallergenic fragrance-free detergent to clean your fabrics - particularly those that come into close contact with your skin - to minimize the chance of irritation. When it comes to cleansing your face however, you might want to take it one step further, forgo the washcloth with its questionable residue, and choose something a little cleaner.
The Evolve Medical Clean Face Cloths were developed to offer the cleanest, most gentle way to wash your face. Without any added preservatives, chemicals or fragrances, the woven, single-use Clean Cloths provide your favourite facial cleanser an optimal environment in which to work. The dry, plant-based biodegradable cloths prep your skin for the application of post-cleanse skincare and give it the love it deserves - not the risk of irritation.
Unlike the reusable cloths washed in laundry detergent, the only residual product you will have to think about when using the Evolve Medical Clean Face Cloths is a cleaner, more beautiful you.