Cleansing is probably the most boring step of skincare which is why most of us don’t spend a lot of time deciding which cleanser to buy and use. There is a common misconception that all cleansers are the same. After all, if they share the same purpose which is to cleanse the skin from impurities, doesn’t that make them identical? Unfortunately, cleansers aren’t that simple and if you’ve been just grabbing any old cleanser off the shelf, thinking it will do the trick, you’re in for quite a surprise.
Cleansing is the first and most important step in a skincare regime as it preps the skin for maximum absorption of the next products you apply. A good cleanser will remove surface dirt, bacteria, sweat, oil, debris, and makeup to prevent blocked pores and to help the skin receive product properly. Other benefits of cleansing also include maintaining proper levels of hydration, pH levels, and radiant, healthy skin. On the other hand, using a cleanser that’s wrong for your skin type will result in skin problems such as dryness, flaking skin, and breakouts. You’ll know you’re using the wrong cleanser when your skin feels “squeaky-clean” and tight after a cleanse.
Many people attempt to fix their skin problems caused by their cleanser by splurging on expensive skin products such as rich moisturizers and clay masks but these products are wasted as they don’t work when the skin is ill-prepared to receive them. Skin products only do their job when the skin is restored to the right pH levels and properly stripped of impurities by the right cleanser. Now that you understand the importance of choosing the right cleanser, let’s go ahead and learn how to select the right one for you.
The right cleanser will depend on two things: your skin condition and your personal preference.
Skin Type: Normal Skin
Indicator: You’ve been blessed with amazing skin, you have no problems, and would like to keep it that way.
Try: You can choose any type of cleanser as long as it does not strip your skin of moisture or cause dryness.
Skin Type: Dry Skin
Indicator: Your skin is flaky, dry, and tight. Most cleansers are too harsh for you and leave your skin feeling rough as sandpaper.
Try: You’re going to want to stick with cream, milk, and balm based cleansers. These cleansers are gentle and low in alcohol but are potent enough to remove makeup and residue.
Skin Type: Sensitive Skin
Indicator: Your skin reacts to EVERYTHING. You can’t seem to get a break and all cleansers irritate your skin.
Try: Cleansers that are free of fragrances, additives, and synthetic ingredients are your best bet. Creamy cleansers are going to feel the most gentle on your skin.
Racinne’s Delicare Soothing Cleansing Cream has been dermatologist tested and clinically proven to work on the most sensitive skin.
Skin Type: Oily Skin
Indicator: Your skin produces way too much oil, you try to get rid of it by using the harshest cleansers available to mankind, but your skin just produces even more oil to compensate. It’s a neverending nightmare and you just want it to stop.
Try: Foaming and gel cleansers are oil-free, contain lower pH levels, and are free of fragrance and additives. As a bonus, most of them also contain acids such as glycolic or lactic that can exfoliate and target clogged pores.
Skin Type: Combination Skin
Indicator: Your skin is bipolar and can’t make up its mind. It’s too oily in some areas and too dry & flaky in others. The cleansers you’ve tried tend to aggravate both problems.
Try: Foaming cleansers are great as they don’t leave skin feeling dry, contains natural ingredients, and remove makeup. You may also want to try using two different cleansers on different parts of the face for best results.
Now that you’ve chosen the right cleanser for you, now what?
Here are some bonus tips:
Did you know you can get maximum benefits from your cleanser by cleansing your face twice in one go? Double cleansing is a great skincare secret as it takes only mere minutes a day and it results in clearer, healthy, younger-looking skin. Learn more by visiting our article on double cleansing and its benefits.
Make sure you’re cleansing your face in the morning and at night. In the morning, you’re cleaning the sweat, oil, and other residues from your face and at night, you’re getting rid of the environmental debris, pollution, sweat, and oil. Cleansing twice a day is a must if you want your face to be an empty canvas for maximum product penetration.
Don’t spend money on miracle products until you’ve located the right cleanser for your skin type. This is one of the biggest tips we hope you take away with you today. So many people purchase luxurious serums, eye creams, and moisturizer only to see the benefits wash down the drain (literally). The key is to properly prime your skin with the right cleanser before applying any other skin products.