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Facial Cleansers 101 – Everything You Need to Know to Pick the Right Cleanser for You

Facial Cleansers 101 – Everything You Need to Know to Pick the Right Cleanser for You

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Cleansing is the first skincare step we experience when we wake up in the morning to when we get back home from a long day’s work. As the first step of your routine, facial cleansers plays a huge part in determining your routine’s effectiveness. So while you may think a simple cleanser is all you need to get you by, we’re here to say that you shouldn’t underestimate the power of an effective and quality facial cleanser. Join us as we guide you through the realm of facial cleansers – dropping tips and tricks distilled from over a decade’s worth of hands-on experience.

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Why Do Facial Cleansers Matter So Much?

Your facial cleanser forms the foundation of your skincare regime. With their primary goal being to remove traces of dirt and oils that congest your pores, an effective facial cleanser allows your subsequent skincare steps to penetrate deeper and perform their functions more efficiently.

That’s not all, with cleansers increasingly formulated to do more – great news if you enjoy multi-faceted products – the importance of finding the right one that targets your specific skin concerns is greater than ever.

Expert’s Tips to Choosing the Right Facial Cleanser

The key to choosing the right facial cleanser – or any skincare product – lies in understanding your skin. Your skin’s health largely boils down to 2 things:

Your Skin Type

Your skin type is largely determined by genetics – a factor you can’t quite control. So, to find out what your skin type is, take a look at your parents’ skin and speak with them to understand how their skin behaves to get a clearer idea.

Skin types can range between Normal, Sensitive, Oily, Dry or Combination

Your Skin Condition 

Wondering what’s the difference between a skin type and condition? Skin types are determined by internal factors like genetics while skin conditions are a result of external factors like irritants, pollutants etc and can vary over time.

Skin conditions can range between Sensitised, Acneic and Ageing.

Once you’ve determined your skin type and condition, you can begin your search for products that work to resolve them.

Hint: If you’re still not sure about your skin type and conditions, why not skip the guesswork and let our experts figure it out for you with our Virtual Skin Education? Click here to find out more!

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Types of Facial Cleansers

If you’ve ever walked down the skincare aisle at a Sephora looking for a product to try, we bet you know the overwhelming feeling you get when trying to find out which facial cleanser would work best. Though there are many various types, we’ve categorised them as a fool-proof guide to picking the right cleanser.

1. Gel Facial Cleansers

Great for: Oily and Acne-prone skin 

Gel cleansers are clear and tend to have a lightweight texture. Generally designed for deep cleansing, gel cleansers gently but deeply cleanse your pores of any sebum and dirt buildup. They also come with a variety of benefits – like the Deep Cleansing Gel formulated to keep acne at bay or the Hydro Cleanser that deeply hydrates and soothes the skin.

Quick Cleanser Tip! Avoid cleansers that contain ingredients like Fragrance, Artificial Fragrance, Sodium Laurel Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (aka SLS). Fragrance can act as an irritant to skin and SLS can over strip the skin of its natural moisture.

2. Cream Facial Cleanser

Great for: Dry and Sensitive Skin

Cream cleansers are- as the name suggests- creamy, lush, and silky in texture. This type of facial cleanser generally provides additional moisturising and soothing benefits, making them gentler and more nourishing than other types of cleansers.

3. Foam Facial Cleanser

Great for: Normal and Combination Skin

Although they are really satisfying to foam up and apply, foam cleansers make use of SLS – an ingredient that provides the cleanser with its foaming effects. Though not inherently harmful, it can worsen certain skin conditions like oiliness, sensitivity. This makes foam facial cleansers less suitable for those who experience skin issues.

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4. Oil Facial Cleanser

Great for: All skin types

Often in the form of liquid oils or cleansing balms, the concept of cleansing the skin with oil may seem counterintuitive given that those of us with oily skin can’t wait to have an oil-free sheen. But the basic idea behind this cleanser is that “like dissolves like.” The oil in the cleanser and the oil-based impurities in your skin effortlessly integrate with each other, making the removal of sebum, makeup and dirt a lot easier. This makes oil cleansing one of the most popular methods of cleansing, especially since it doesn’t strip the skin of moisture.

5. Milk Facial Cleanser

Great for: Dry and Sensitive Skin

A hybrid between a gel cleanser and cream cleanser, the milk facial cleanser provides a light and gentle cleanse and is best used as a pre-cleanser. Its milky properties allow the easy removal of makeup, environmental pollutants, and dirt, while its gel-like properties allow a deeper cleanse of the pores. Experience this hybrid cleanser with the Pre-Cleansing Milk – infused with soothing ingredients such as Centella Asiatica Extract, this delightful cleanser loosens impurities while nourishing and soothing skin. 

6. Powder Cleansers

Great for: Normal, Oily and Combination Skin

Formulated with a variety of benefits, powder cleansers often come to life when water is mixed in. Given the additional exfoliating properties that tend to come with powder cleansers, it’s best reserved for non-sensitive skin types and conditions.

7. Micellar Cleansing Water

Great for: Sensitive skin

Made with micelles – which are tiny oil molecules – micellar cleansing water works similarly to oil facial cleansers, gently removing makeup, sebum and dirt buildup.

Armed with this knowledge, you hope you can now make a more informed decision the next time you go shopping for a face cleanser.

If you’re still facing difficulties in identifying what your skin needs or just want a little guidance from our resident skincare experts, check out the Virtual Skin Education here!

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