At the end of a long day, nothing feels so good as cleansing your face. Removing all traces of dirt, sweat and makeup to prevent the pores from becoming blocked and allow the skin to breathe, repair and regenerate. Having a flawless surface allows other skincare products to penetrate deeper into your skin and perform their work more efficiently. As the first step in your skincare routine, Cleansing is important to stabilize the area before even thinking about your serums or anti-aging creams. It will sink deeper into the skin and work more effectively.
But just as important as the cleansing action, it is essential to choose the right cleanser which suits for your unique skin type and needs. With so many cleansing options available, each one gives different benefits. If you have a normal skin type, feel free to try any type of cleanser as long as your skin tolerates it. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed and get influence by marketing claims but picking one that suits your skin can be an intimidating task. But do not freak out, because we will explain you the different types of cleansers and their benefits so that you choose the right one for you. Knowing the difference between each type makes it much easier to filter your options and look for the perfect cleanser.
Types of Cleansers
1. Foam Cleansers
If you have oily or combination skin, then a foam cleanser is an ideal pick for you. This type of cleansers are lightweight that start out as a creamy formula and lathers to a rich foam on coming in contact with water. It helps to remove excess oil, dirt and cleans without stripping skin of its natural moisture balance. It keeps your skin matte for a longer period of time.
Our Pick: Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser
2. Gel Cleansers
Another great option for people with oily or acne-prone skin is a gel cleanser. Gel cleansers are a lightweight, clear and gel-like consistency designed for deep cleansing experience. Aimed to decongest clogged pores to keep acne at bay, remove excess oil, kill acne cause bacteria and cleanse excess sebum. Gel cleansers have soothing qualities, reduce redness and irritation, which makes it perfect not only for fighting acne but preventing acne as well.
Our Pick: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
3. Oil-based Cleansers
It may sound like oil-based cleansing is not the best choice for oily and combination skin type people, but actually it is suitable for all skin types. In fact, Korean beauty salons mostly recommend to first cleanse your face with oil-based cleanser to get rid of dirt and makeup, regardless of your skin type, and then follow it up with another type of cleanser that suits your face.
Our Pick: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil
4. Micellar Water
Micellar Water is made up of using purified water, moisturisers like glycerine, and mild surfactants, which are compounds used for cleansing. It is suitable for just about any skin type, whether you have oily, dry or combination skin. It is highly effective at removing dirt, makeup and oil to help unclog pores and tone the skin. And the best part about this cleanser is that it doesn’t need to be rinsed off.
Our Pick: Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water For All Skin Types
5. Cleansing Balm
Start your skin care regimen with cleansing balm to remove dirt and excess oil on your skin. When your skin is exposed to pollution, UV rays and the cold weather, it tends to collect a lot of impurities in your pores which is difficult to get rid of with your regular face wash or any cleansers. This is where this innovative cleansing balm comes to your rescue. It will push out all the impurities from the pores when you massage your face with the balm.
Our Pick: Dermalogica Precleanse Balm
5. Cleansing Bar
Cleansing Bar isn’t exactly the most glamourous of skincare products on the market but it deeply moisturizes dry to very dry skin types, without stripping the natural oils from the skin during the cleansing process. Not only it is less expensive than the liquid counterparts, but thanks to their absence of harsh cleansing agents and dry ingredients. As a result, they are not just a great addition to your face care regime but also your body care regime because of their gentle formulations.
Our Pick: Avene Ultra Rich Cleansing Bar with Cold Cream
The massage action we do during cleansing also helps to bring fresh blood flow to the surface of the skin, making it look more cheerful and healthy. If your skin feels "squeaky-clean" and tight after cleansing, this is a sign that your product may be too rough for you. The cleanser you choose depends on your preferences and the condition of your skin. Therefore, choose a cleanser according to your skin type and let let us know in comments.