Skin cleansers are important because they keep the skin… well.. clean. Duh right?
Properly cleansing your skin (with the right cleanser) ensures maximum performance from your other skin care products and cosmetics. I know no one is going to admit it, but have you ever tried to apply cosmetics or other skin care products on dirty, flaky skin? It’s as horrible as it sounds.
It is recommended that you wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning, and once at night (I personally find the night routine to be more important than daytime). So what do you cleanse your face with?
There are many different types of cleansers on the market and the type of cleanser that’s right for you is solely dependent on your skin type.
Types of skin cleansers
Cream cleanser is a non-foaming cleanser with a cream or lotion like texture to cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Cream cleansers are great for dry or sensitive skin types.
Soap-free cleansers are free of sulfates (the stuff that makes soap…well…soap). Soap-free cleansers are great for people with sensitive skin, dermatitis, and psoriasis
Oil cleaners remove things that normal cleansers can’t take off like stubborn makeup. Oil cleansers can be used on all skin types, even oily. The process of massaging oil on the skin and rinsing with warm water is known as the Oil Cleansing Method. In my personal opinion, once you find the right oil, anyone can greatly benefit from oil cleansing.
Bar cleanser, also known as bar soap, is generally too harsh and strips the skin of its natural oils. Bar cleansers are better suited for oily skin. Dove soap is the only exception to the rule.
Foaming cleansers dispense cleanser in a foam-like texture, eliminating the need to mix the cleanser with water before applying. Foaming cleansers can be harsh in general and are better suited for oily skin types.
Balm cleanser is similar to oil cleanser but in solid form. Balm cleansers are generally lightweight and nourishing. Simply apply, massage and rinse. Great for all skin types and excellent for removing makeup.
Micellar cleanser, also known as micellar water is soft water that contains tiny bubbles of cleansing oil, also known as micelles. Micellar water is great for dry skin types.