If you’re still of the mindset that any old face wash will do, it’s time to upgrade to a formula that will actually do some good for your skin. From oily to dry, hardy to sensitive, here is the ultimate guide to the best cleansers for your skin type and its needs.
Oil – An oil cleanser works by attracting sebum and impurities, making them easier to remove from the pores and surface of the skin. Despite its oily texture, this type of cleanser is good for all skin types as it doesn’t disrupt the lipid barrier or leave a greasy film behind. They are also amazing at breaking down make-up, which is why many people use them as a pre-cleanse in the evening before a more targeted formula.
Gel – Best for oily, congested or problematic skin types, gel cleansers tend to be light in texture and slightly astringent, making them especially effective at loosening impurities that have built up within the cells and mattifying shiny areas. They are incredibly refreshing and clarifying which, in some cases, can leave the skin feeling a little dehydrated afterwards. As they aren’t so great at removing make-up, gel cleansers are best used in the morning and as a second cleanse in the evening.
One to try: Medik8 poreCleanse Gel
Cream – If you like to keep your skin feeling as soft and supple as possible, a cream cleanser is your perfect match. Much more gentle and conditioning for the skin than a gel, cream cleansers work well for dry, mature and dehydrated skins, but can also be used by combination and oily skin types depending on their ingredients. They tend to work best removed with a muslin cloth or flannel, and can melt away make-up with minimal effort.
One to try: Skyn ICELAND Pure Cloud Cleanser
Balm – A true multi-tasker, cleansing balms are the make-up lover’s best friend. Often rich in botanical oils and antioxidants, they start off solid before transforming into a luxurious oil or milky lotion which removes make-up, impurities and pollution without disrupting the skin barrier. Although better suited to drier, damaged complexions, they can also be used with great effect by oily and combination skin types. Again, they remove best with water and a muslin cloth.
One to try: Vitage Essential Cleansing Balm
Micellar Water – If you prefer to cleanse your skin in seconds rather minutes or have a sensitive, easily irritated complexion, try a micellar water. These water-like liquids contain tiny microscopic balls of oil – known as micelles – which attract sebum, make-up and impurities to them like a magnet, so they can simply be wiped away. Simply apply a generous amount to a cotton pad and use them as a quick early morning cleanser or to remove make-up before a second cleanse in the evening. Unlike gels and foams, they can also be used on more delicate areas of the face, such as the eyes and lips.
One to try: CODAGE Micellar Water
Milk/Lotion – If gels are too stripping and creams are too rich, a milky lotion cleanser provides the perfect middle ground. Lightweight yet conditioning, they gently remove make-up and impurities while managing to keep the skin soft and supple. Suitable for all skin types, they tend to work best for combination, sensitive and dehydrated complexions.
One to try: BABOR Gentle Cleansing Milk
Foam – For a hard core, deep-down, squeaky clean cleanse, foaming formulas are your best bet. Often infused with exfoliating agents, they work their magic best on very oily or acne-prone skin types. Purely a treatment cleanser, they don’t really remove make-up and can’t be used on the eyes, so only invest if your skin is going to benefit from such an intensive cleanse on a daily basis or you are a guy who has stubble and is sick of heavier cleansers that stick to your facial hair.
One to try: Reform Skincare Glycolic Acid Foaming Cleanser
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