The best skincare routine begins with choosing the right Cleanser and we all know the struggle is real when it comes to picking the right formula to get the job done.
Determine your Skin Type using the guides below
The next step is to decide on a Facial Cleanser that works best with your Skin Type. Brace yourself, finding "your" cleanser may take a bit of leg work! Facial Cleansers came in a wide variety of textures. There's Gel, Cream, Foam, Oil, Clay, Micellar, Bar, and Powder cleansers, oh my! We know this seems overwhelming with each texture offering different benefits. Here's a breakdown on the most popular types:
1. Gel Cleansers - Ideal for: Oily, Combination Skin, & Acne Prone Skin
Typically designed for deep cleansing, Gel Cleansers are clear with a gel-like consistency and are effective at decongesting clogged pores, removing excess oil and killing acne-causing bacteria with their exfoliating and antiseptic properties.
2. Cream Cleansers - Ideal for: Dry & Sensitive Skin
Cream cleansers gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils and are usually thick, creamy and contain moisturizing ingredients like botanical oils. Cream cleansers can also come in the form of “lotion” or “milk.”
3. Foam Cleansers - Ideal for: Most Skin Types
Foam cleansers are gentle lightweight cleansers that start out as liquid, cream or gel and burst into a rich, foamy lather. They gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
4. Oil Cleansers - Ideal for: Most Skin Types
Using an Oil Cleanser is a gentle way of removing pore-clogging impurities without drying your skin. Washing your face with oil may sound like a recipe for breakouts, if you have oily skin, but most Skin Care Experts disagree.
5. Clay Cleansers - Ideal for: Oily, Combination, & Acne Prone Skin
Clay cleansers are known for their absorbing power by purifying your skin to draw out excess oil and toxins from your pores.
6. Micellar Cleansers - Ideal for: Dry & Sensitive skin
Originating in France, micellar waters feature “micelles”—or tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water—that attract oil, dirt and makeup. An added feature is: no water is need to rinse off skin.
7. Powder Cleansers - Ideal for: Oily & Sensitive Skin
Powder cleansers have a powdery soft consistency when dry and easily dissolves into a creamy concoction upon contact with water, thoroughly cleansing your skin while providing gentle exfoliation.
8. Bar Cleansers - Ideal for: Oily & Combination Skin
Bars are slowly regaining popularity after years of staying out of the Skin Care spotlight. There's a new breed of bars—some contain very little soap, others have none at all. They are just as skin-friendly and lush as their liquid counterparts, offering more skin-friendly pH levels in addition to nutrient-rich, highly moisturizing ingredients, such as essential oils and glycerin.
After choosing your Facial Cleanser, its time to cleanse! Here's a few tips we want to leave you with:
No matter your skin type, don't over cleanse. Twice a day is the max.
Rinse with lukewarm water. This prevents striping your skin of its natural oils.
Applying a moisturizer after cleansing seals in moisture and helps maintain a healthy skin barrier.