Cleansing is arguably the most important step in any skincare routine. Cleansing is all about gently removing impurities without damaging the skin or removing the natural oils which protect the surface of the skin. Cleansing restores your natural glow and improves the absorption and effectiveness of toners, serums, moisturisers and treatments/masks.
When choosing a cleanser you want to find one which best suits your skin type. For example, if the cleanser is for oily skin, you probably wouldn’t want to use it if you have dry skin. Your cleanser should be strong enough to remove excess sebum and the daily build-up of pollutants without leaving your skin feeling stripped and dry.
If you wear make-up, like a lot of women do, step 1 in your cleansing routine should always be to remove your make-up with a specific cleanser that is designed to do just that. Most cleansers these days are designed to have some make-up removing ability but choosing the right cleanser can be confusing, do you opt for a foaming cleanser or a creamy one? An exfoliant or something more gentle? This all depends on your own skin and how much make-up (if any) you like to wear.
Oil cleansers are relatively new to the skincare market. They are however very popular for those who wear stay-proof and long wear make-up. Oils tend to bind to other oils, so the beauty of an oil cleanser is it will bind your sebum, make-up, dead skin cells and dirt and grime to it – and then sloth everything away, as you remove the product! Oil cleansers are great for all skin types as they are super-hydrating and won’t strip the skin of your natural oils.
Foaming cleansers are generally recommended for those with oily, combination and normal skin as they can be a bit too drying for those with dry skin. With a foaming cleanser, a little goes a long way as a small amount easily lathers in your hands to effectively clean your whole face. Always read the packaging with foaming cleansers and avoid anything containing SLS’s and this can cause irritation and strip your skin of your natural oils.
A creamy cleanser is a much gentler option and is recommend for dry, sensitive and normal skin. Creamy cleansers often have moisturising properties to ensure skin is not left feeling tight and dry after use. The consistency of a creamy cleanser can vary form thin and milk-like through to a thick cream, with each still removing impurities without drying or damaging the skin.
An exfoliating cleanser should ideally be used 2-3 times a week and is suitable for all skin types. Exfoliators help polish the skin by removing any heavier more stubborn impurities your daily cleanser struggles with. Over exfoliating can have a negative impact on the skin causing irritation especially if your exfoliator contains any rough particles, so avoid using an exfoliator daily.
Before shopping for a cleanser you should make sure you know your skin type, this would help narrow down which type of cleanser to look for. Once you’ve found one or two which seem to be a good match, take your time comparing products and reading the ingredient list. If the cleanser contains any harsh ingredients, SLS’s, alcohols, mineral oils or parabens, pick another. You want a cleanser which is going to be gentle yet effective for your skin type.
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