How to Find the Perfect Cleanser for Your Skin Type
There are many different skin types, and there is an amazing array of skin cleansers on the market today.
This means it is easy to end up hurting your skin by choosing the wrong product. The wrong cleanser can undermine the rest of your beauty regimen, but how do you find the right oils, serums, and masks for you?
Let’s learn how to find the perfect cleanser for your skin type, no matter what type of skin you have.
Understand Your Type of Skin
Is your skin sensitive? If so, you need to stay away from exfoliating and foaming formulas. Foaming cleansers with soothing ingredients could reduce irritation as you cleanse it, reducing the number of treatments you have to apply each day.
Micellar cleansing water could be an option, too. It’s especially good for sensitive skin as it pulls up makeup, dirt, and oil like gentle cleansers.
It is also as effective as harsher products like alcohol toners.
Is your skin congested or acne-prone? Skip the foaming cleansers and try cleansing muds that clear oily skin of impurities, even if it is sensitive.
If you have oily skin, it generally needs more cleansing, but you need to be careful not to strip away the natural oils.
Is your skin dehydrated? You might choose oil-rich formulas or cleansing gels that clean it without drying it out further.
Normal skin should be cleansed without being dried out. Nearly any day cleanser is fine, though you’ll want something that protects your skin from the sun or cold winter winds.
Consider the Best Formulation
There are three main formulations or consistency of cleansers. Milky cleansers don’t leave residue on your skin.
This is best for normal or oily/dry combination skin.
Gels are a good choice for those in need of a deep clean or are acne-prone.
Oils are the best choice for those with dry or sensitive skin. It stays on the skin longer than gels and milks.
For acne-prone skin, you can opt for soaps made from natural ingredients only. Natural soaps come in a wide variety of options, so picking the right one for your skin will be a pleasurable experience.
If you have inflamed skin, for example, buying a drugstore soap will only cause more irritations since it contains harsh chemicals that can aggravate your rashes even more.
Organic soaps, such as pure goat milk soaps or aloe vera soaps, on the other hand, will not only nourish your skin but will also keep your skin moisturized throughout the day.
Skin Type Matters
If you have combination skin, you could use an oil cleanser to rehydrate your skin before using a milky or gel cleanser.
Then you’ll get the benefits of oil cleansers without the residue or the risk of making oily skin worse.
Try to simplify your skincare routine because every cleanser or treatment alters your skin. This means you should look for combination products instead of trying to use several products in order.
For example, find facial cleansers that hydrate your skin, tone it, or hydrate it, instead of using one cleanser after another.
Understand How to Use the Facial Cleanser
Sometimes you’ve chosen the perfect facial cleanser but think it is wrong because you don’t see the results you expect.
For example, gel cleansers are activated by water. If you don’t get a good lather, it won’t remove the surface oils and debris that you want it to get rid of.
You can also run into problems if you don’t fully rinse the cleanser off your face.
If you have oily skin, it may be acceptable to rinse with soap and water before applying the cleanser.
If you have dry skin, using both soap and cleanser will contribute to dry, tight skin. Stick with a good cleanser instead.
Splash your skin with cold water if necessary, to remove the cleanser. Warm water will open up your pores.
Know How the Wrong Method Can Ruin the Benefits of the Best Cleanser
A gentle cleanser won’t matter if you’re scrubbing your face with a harsh material. If you have sensitive skin, don’t rub harshly, even if you’re removing makeup.
That will only irritate the skin more and contribute to it drying out.
Apply and remove cleanser with a warm muslin cloth that won’t irritate the skin while getting everything in one or two passes.
Face wipes may be convenient, but they typically contain alcohol and fragrances that tend to irritate your skin.
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Soap and water are rarely good enough to get clean, radiant, balanced skin most of us want.
The right facial cleanser will make up for your skin’s imperfections with minimal effort.
After all, it’s the first step in your skincare routine, so it’s incredibly important to have a clean face before all the other lotions and potions, right?
Are you confident you know how to find the right cleanser for your skin now?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.