Facial cleansers are basic yet essential for every skincare regime. However, facial cleansers are not one-size-fits-all. It is important to know your specific skin type so you can choose the formula that suits your skin and give the ingredients it truly needs.
After a long day nothing feels quite as good as cleansing your face. Removing every trace of dirt, sweat, makeup and excess oil concoction on our face. As satisfying as it is to cleanse our face and doing our skin care routine, it is important to know which cleanser types are suitable for our skin.
When choosing a facial cleanser, the options can be overwhelming and confusing to some. But fret not, we have decoded a guide for you to choose the types of cleansers suitable for you so that it easy to narrow down your choices. Let’s get started!
Knowing your skin.
Normal skin: A skin that we all wish we are blessed to have. With this skin type, you won’t experience any excess dryness or oiliness. It is generally free of visible pores, acne and sensitivity. Basically, you are flawless.
Dry skin: When a skin is considered dry, it lacks water and natural oils. You may experience rough texture, visible lines and wrinkles, dullness, and loss of elasticity, as well as increased sensitivity and a tight, uncomfortable feel on the skin.
Oily skin: Typically, an oily skin produces too much sebum, and is more likely to experience enlarged pores, blackheads, pimples and unwanted shine. Your T-zone may appear shiny and oily most of the time.
Combination skin: Also known as ‘Combi Skin’. This skin type has areas of dryness and areas of oiliness. It’s common to have dullness and rough texture in some spots and enlarged pores, blackheads and shine in others (especially around the T-zone area).
Sensitive skin: When a person has sensitive skin, they tend to react to external factors, including skincare. Signs of sensitive skin can include stinging, burning and redness. Usually in these types of situations, we encourage to do a patch test before using the product to prevent any unwanted reaction on the skin.
So now that we got that sorted out, which skin type are you? 😉
Which is ‘The One’ facial cleanser for you.
Just as there are a few different skin types, there are wide array of cleanser and brands to choose from. Now that we understand our skin, we are going to learn the different types of cleansers which would allow us to filter our options and makes the hunt for the right cleanser a whole lot easier.
1. Gel cleanser
As the name suggest, a light weight and clear gel-like consistency. It is designed for deep cleansing, most effective in removing excess oil, decongesting clogged pores and killing acne-causing bacteria. Make up goers can consider getting a gel cleanser as it removes almost most of the make-up of the day. Highly recommended for those with normal, oily, and sensitive skin
2. Cream Cleanser
Just like gel cleanser, cream cleansers are known to be creamy and lush in texture. Cream cleansers are gentler and more hydrating than other cleansers out there. It gently cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. They would make a great second-step cleanser if you’re dabbling into double cleansing. It is effective in removing of make-up, dirt and excess oil on the skin after a long day out from work or friends. Given its smooth and gentle nature, not only is it perfect for normal, dry and oily skin but it is also ideal for those with sensitive skin as well.
3 Foam Cleansers
Foam Cleansers are pretty much in between gel and cream cleansers They typically starts as gel or cream cleanser and then burst on bubble of joyful foam. Depending on the product, different levels of lather it can deliver different levels of foam, from mild bubbling to full-on foamy foam. This cleansers rinses off excess oil just as easily as gel cleansers leaving the skin smooth and soft. This makes it a perfect for normal, oily and natural skin types especially those with combi skin.
4. Micellar Water Cleanser.
In recent years, micellar water receives a lot of popularity and demand in cleansers and facial wipe products. It contains tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water called ‘micelles’. It acts like a magnet that attract excess oil, dirt and makeup without stripping or disrupting the skin barrier. Known for being alcohol-free and gentle on the skin, it is suitable on the delicate skin around the eye area. It’s gentle like formula made it suitable for all skin type especially those with sensitive skin.
5. Cleansing Bars
Cleansing bar soaps aren’t like you’re regular bar soaps. Unlike traditional bar soap that strips away natural oils on the face, it is much gentler on the skin and moisturises the skin. Cleansing bars removes makeup, dirt and excess oil while being gentle on the skin. This makes it perfect for those with normal and sensitive skin especially dry dehydrated skin. They are a wonderful alternative to traditional bulky cleansers and great for anyone travelling or wants to be more sustainable with their product.
6. Clay Cleanser
Any clay mask lovers here? Then you’d love to try out clay cleansers. Not only are they known for their absorbing powers, it purifies the skin by drawing out excess oil and toxins from your pores. It is perfect for oily combination skin and even sensitive skin as they don’t usually have any scrubs or harsh acids in the product.
7. Oil Cleansers
When oil cleansers was introduced, some may say it is somewhat controversial. ‘Putting more oil on an oily skin’ it make no sense to some, but these cleansers contain an oil base ingredient to help remove dirt on the skin without interfering with the skin barrier. The oil from your skin works together with the cleanser to balance the skin while removing pore-clogging impurities including waterproof makeup, without drying your skin. Best part of all is that it is suitable for all skin type.
There you go girls, a guide to choose your cleanser product for your skin type. We know when choosing a cleanser can be overwhelming, but knowing your skin narrows down the choices. For a start maybe you can try Gel, Bar and Oil Cleansers considering they are perfect for all skin type like our Aqua Wash Cleanser.
Our Aqua Wash is a gel cleanser. Formulated to remove stubborn impurities in the pores, dirt, excessive oil on the skin. Rich with glabra root extract and essential oil to smoothens and rejuvenizes the skin, leaving it soft and supple. A good starter cleanser to start exploring into your skincare regime.
Skincare doesn’t have to a hefty investment for the sake of good skin days. Knowing your skin type and learning about the product, will be more affordable than you’d think. Never fall for the hype of a product only to find it’s not suitable for your skin. Hope this eases your product hunt journey. All the best ladies!
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