Cleansing your face is the first step in any skincare routine. With all the different cleansers on the market, it can be confusing to decide which cleanser is best for your skin.
Whether you’re searching for the best face wash for oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, or acne- or redness-prone skin, the following information will help you understand the differences between cleansers so you’ll know which type is best for you.
First and foremost, all cleansers must be mild and gentle, cleanse thoroughly without drying skin, not feel greasy after rinsing, and be fragrance and irritant free.
- Gel Cleansers
Gel Cleansers are best for those who prefer a lightweight, hydrating cleanser that rinses completely, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean. Most gel cleansers easily remove light makeup and regular mascara.
Ideal skin types: Normal, Combination, Oily, Acne-prone, Sensitive, Redness-prone
- Cream Cleansers
Cream Cleansers are for those who want their cleanser to have a moisturising, silky texture that feels protective as you wash and that cleanses while leaving a weightless veil of hydration after rinsing. These formulas replenish lipids lost during the cleansing process, and dry skin needs lipids to look and feel better. These types of cleansers will remove most kinds of makeup, but you may need a separate makeup remover for more tenacious products.
Ideal skin types: Dry, Normal, Sensitive or Redness-prone skin.
- Foaming Cleansers
Those who want thorough cleansing that removes most types of makeup, rinses cleanly, and provides a cushion-like foaming action that still leaves skin soft. Cleansers don’t have to foam to clean skin, but lots of people prefer the feeling of lather.
Ideal skin types: Combination, oily and breakout-prone skin.
- Micellar Waters and Liquid Make-up Removers
Those who prefer wiping off their makeup with cotton pads instead of washing. Micellar waters are really just another name for water- and surfactant-based makeup removers. Most don’t require rinsing, but it’s generally best to do so because you don’t want to leave cleansing agents on skin any longer than necessary.
Ideal skin types: All skin types, but you may find you need to use a traditional cleanser afterwards to make sure you remove all your makeup.
- Cleansing Oils
Those who wear heavier make-up or want to “double cleanse,” which means you should cleanse with an oil cleanser and follow with a gel, foaming, or cream cleanser.
Ideal skin types: All skin types can use most cleansing oils, especially when used as part of a double cleansing process.
- Cleansing Wipes
Cleansing Wipes are great when used as part of a double cleansing process. Cleanse your skin with your traditional Gel- or Cream Cleanser first to remove dirt and make-up, then use a cleansing wipe to remove any excess make-up left behind. It’s also helpful for those who want to avoid washing at the sink or to keep on your bedside table so you don’t forget to remove your makeup before falling asleep. Wipes can be brilliant when the cloth material is soft and the formula doesn’t leave a sticky film on skin. Wipes are a quick, easy way to cleanse, but you need to take care not to pull or tug at the skin, as this encourages sagging.
Ideal skin types: All skin types
References for this information:
Paula Begoun – www.paulaschoice.com