Too tired to wash your face? Not if you want great skin and the rest of your skincare products to work. Think of a clean face like a canvas that absorbs all the skin benefiting nutrients from toners, essences, serums, moisturizers and anti-aging creams. Start and end your day with a gentle cleanser to remove makeup, excess oil, dead skin cells or pollutants that could cause your pores to suffocate.
Benefits of cleansing your face
- minimize acne
- reduce the amount of sebum
- minimize pore clogging
- remove blackheads
- prep your skin to absorb active ingredients and moisture
- helps skin to re-generate
Selecting the right cleanser
- Understand your skin type, needs and condition
- If you have a normal skin type, most cleansers will do the job
- Double cleanse at the end of the day to remove makeup and pollutants. Start with an oil-based cleanser and double cleanse with a water, gel or cream based cleanser.
Clay Cleansers: Effective for deep facial cleansing from impurities, dead skin cell, excess oil and blackheads. Its consistency acts as a powerful absorber drawing out dirt, sebum and even makeup. Innovations in their formula give them special characteristics that help even out skin texture and provide facial lifting. Suitable for: Oily and combination skin
Cleansing Waters: Also referred to as micellar water, is a quick option to facial cleansing. Cleansing waters are just like it sounds, water based formulas imbued with cleansing and hydrating ingredients to remove makeup, oil and other things you don't want collecting on your face. Just wet a cotton ball or pad and gently wipe off. Excellent before refreshing your makeup going from day to evening. Suitable for: sensitive skin
Cream Cleansers: Have a creamy consistency and contain skin nurturing oils like rosehip, sesame oil and other ingredients, providing instant results and leaving your skin soft and hydrated. The most effective ones out there remove makeup and other impurities, even stubborn eye makeup, without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Cream cleansers can also come in the form of milk or lotions. Suitable for: dry and sensitive skin.
Exfoliating Cleansers: As their name indicates, they come in powder and gently dissolve in contact with water, turning into a cream-like consistency soft enough to massage your face and neck. These cleansers remove dirt and gently exfoliate dead skin cells. Innovative brands have developed formulas that promote collagen, minimize pores and nourish the skin. Suitable for: Oily and sensitive skin.
Foam Cleansers: Their lightweight and soft texture behave like soap, but gentler. Foam cleanser's initial consistency is like a cream or gel cleanser however, with water, they burst into a rich foamy consistency, penetrating deep into the pores. All dirt and oil build-up are washed away. Foam cleansers' active ingredients help refine skin texture by providing the necessary nourishing ingredients, resulting in smooth and soft skin. Suitable for: combination and oily skin
Gel Cleansers: Water-based, transparent gel texture that usually does not produce much foam or soap-like bubbles. Don’t equate bubbles with clean, gel cleansers are very effective at decongesting clogged pores and removing impurities. Suitable for: Oily and combination skin
Oil Cleansers: Effective at removing makeup, including waterproof makeup, impurities, contaminants and even excess oil. This may sound contradictory, especially if you have oily skin, but it works. Oil cleanser formulas contain a mixture of beneficial oils such as argan, sesame, coconut and many more. Rich oily formulas bind dirt and oil very effectively, preventing dirt from clogging pores without disrupting the natural oil balance or drying your skin. Suitable for: Most skin types