Choosing the best facial cleanser is an essential step in removing dirt and unclogging pores from impurities. This means it’s extremely important to ensure you choose a cleanser according to your skin type. Yes, it’s not enough to just conveniently use the one that’s been sitting on your bathroom counter forever! Here are ways to narrow down the best facial cleansers and pick the perfect one!
For people with rosacea
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes the reddening of skin and visible blood vessels on one’s face. Rosacea can occur to anyone, but it is more common in middle-aged, fair-skinned ladies. Those with rosacea skin should opt for a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser like Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser or PCA Skin Creamy Cleanser.
For people with dry skin or sensitive skin
If you have dry skin or generally sensitive by nature, what you need is something mild yet is able to provide a thorough clean like the Dermalogica Dry Skin Kit. It also provides hydration to minimise fine lines that could leak to wrinkles! Do also look out for cleansers containing glycolic acid—they do a good job without stripping your face of necessary natural oils.
For people with oily skin
People with oily skin are prone to breakouts and blemishes if they don’t use the right cleansers. The best cleansers to combat such a problem are to look for oil-free options (usually in a gel form) that contain acne-preventing ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Be sure to test out the effectiveness of these cleansers, and switch to a milder one when your skin shifts into the normal or combination range.
For people with combination skin
Lucky you! Most cleanser types work for those with combination skin. However, you may need more than one cleanser for separate areas on your face. For instance, you can use an anti-acne cleanser on your ‘T-zone’ (nose, forehead and chin), while a gentler cleanser to target dry skin on certain parts of your skin.
Remember, skin types can change!
A variety of different factors including hormones, genetics, ever-changing climates and so on affect your skin type. Some people may notice they have oily skin in their teens and twenties, but dry skin after they hit 30. The key is to constantly observe how your skin looks and feels to find the best facial cleanser that fits.
Other tips & tricks
- If you wear a considerable amount of makeup each day, explore a specialised cleanser that removes makeup and cleans your face at the same time.
- Read the ingredient list. We often simply pick cleansers based on label types, but ignore what really goes into producing them. Glycerin is beneficial for sensitive skin because it encourages normal cell maturation, while ingredients like tea tree oil and aloe vera are great at soothing acne redness.
- Avoid sulphates if possible. They are of an alkaline nature and throw your skin’s pH value off balance when used.