Cleansing your skin is one of the most crucial elements of daily skin care.
Not only should be wash our face twice a day, it is important to know your skin and what products will suit it best. These days, there are so many types of face cleansers out there, it's easy to get dizzy trying to choose the right one.
Few words to help you understand these products better:
- There is a first step cleansing and second step cleansing. First one is to remove makeup or heavy impurities and second one is to make sure all the previous products have been completely cleansed. You do not want any leftover on your face as they may cause you to break out or age prematurely. Also they will lessen absorption of products that will come after.
- General rule for consistency of cleanser in relation to skin: more oily and easier to clog skin need thiner formulas, yet heavier exfoliants.
Here are the most common types of cleansers and who should be using them:
- Cleansing sticks
They are the latest trend in skincare, being especially popular in South Korea. Cleansing sticks are easy to use, easy to travel with and pretty fun to use. They exfoliate gently and are great to massage your skin with.
They are most recommended to people with sensitive skin as they mostly have soothing properties, are really gentle to the skin, yet effective.
Use after you already removed your makeup properly.
- Peeling pads
Easy to use, easy to travel, great for people who do not need to exfoliate that often. Peeling pads offer precision when trying to access a certain area of the face.
Best to use after oil-based cleanser, makeup remover, etc.
3. Cleansing balms
Balms are recommended for people with oily skin. They are thiner than a regular oil-based cleanser, so they will not clog your pores. Through a massage, cleansing balm will get into your skin and clean all the impurities from deep within, leaving it fresh and non-sticky/oily.
Some of them can be used as makeup removers.
4. Cleansing powder
Cleansing powders should be used as a second-step cleansing. Usually after either - makeup remover or a heavier face wash, to make sure all the impurities are completely gone from your skin.
Most of them are made especially for either oily or troubled skin. If you have a sensitive or dry skin, make sure the soap is not too strong nor does it have any ingredients that could dry out or irritate your skin. It is also recommended, if you want to get the most out of face soap, to use it inside a net-bag. Lather it inside the bag and then apply just the foam on your face, then hang out to dry in a bag. It will prevent any unwanted dirt/bacterias from getting onto your soap.
Use them after removing makeup, or as a first step cleanser in the morning.
6. Massage creams
Massage creams are another invention pretty popular in South Korea. They usually have a gentle consistency that will change as you massage the product into the skin. Then you leave it on for a while and rinse it off. They are like a peeling that does not need scrubbing and works miracle for sensitive and dry skin.
Best to use them twice a week, after basic cleansing to exfoliate, instead of scrub.
7. Cleansing cream
To not be confused with massage cream. They are two completely different types of cleansers. It is recommended for people with oily skin as they do not clog pores, are light-weight and do not leave a sticky feeling.
Cleansing cream can remove makeup and can be used as a first step cleansing.
8. Cleansing gel
Gel cleansers are your standard cleansers. Easy to use, yet if they are not specific to sensitive/dry skin, they might irritate a little and leave the skin feeling a bit uncomfortable.
Should be used as a second step cleanser. Or first step, if it's morning.
Scrubs or peelings, enzyme peelings, massage cream fall into this category as well. They are all different and serve different needs. If you have dry or sensitive skin, do it twice a week, for oily skin it might be necessary to do so everyday. And as for the difference:
Scrubs have some kind of scrubbing particles in them, are stronger and a little bit harsh on the skin.
Peelings use usually chemical compounds that help skin to exfoliate naturally.
In here it's just best to test out different products and textures, to see what suits you best.
Use them as second or even third step in cleansing your face.
10. Oil cleansers
Oil cleansers became pretty popular, especially after many people fell in love with removing makeup using coconut oil or olive oil. They work great for any skin type when it comes to washing off makeup but dry and sensitive skin they may prove useful even for daily cleansing.
They are great to remove all the impurities and even a really heavy makeup.
11. Cleansing mousse
There are quite a lot of different type of cleansing mousses, the best is to read the label to what skin type they are made for.
Some can remove makeup, some should be used as a second-step cleanser. They can be anywhere from light-weight and energizing, to strong, deep cleansers.
12. Cleansing tissue
There are types of cleansing tissues especially designed for removing makeup and some are just for skin-care. They can come in handy when you're traveling but they are pretty useful in daily cleansing routine as well. Use them to double-check if all the dirty/makeup/previously used products are removed.
13. Cleansing water
Some people use cleansing water or micellar water instead of face wash, toner and makeup remover. And it's not such a good move. You can use cleansing water for few things: spray it on your face or to dampen your skin before attempting to remove heavy makeup. Your skin will be less irritated then. You can use it on a cotton pad to precisely remove/double check areas that might need extra cleansing or use it to wash off a scrub/cleansing product.
14. Cleansing foams
In a way similar to cleansing cream, however should not be used to remove makeup but to cleanse makeup remover or heavier products. Usually should lather a lot and can be used to any skin type, depending on the product specification.
We're hoping this article was of use and if you have further questions let us know in the comments. Also, we'd love to hear what are your favorite cleansers and how you're using them.