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15 tips to choose the best facial cleanser for your skin

Apr 13, 2017

Your facial skin experiences constant exposure to dirt, allergens, and bacteria throughout the day. Thus, regular cleansing of the face is necessary to having beautiful and allergy-free skin. A good facial cleanser can help remove dirt, grime, and oil from your skin and hydrate it at the same time. Most importantly, a facial cleanser clears the pores of unwanted debris and avoids dirt accumulation. It allows the sebum or natural oil to reach the skin surface freely, thereby decreasing the chances of acne. Therefore, choosing the right facial cleanser is paramount. It’s also crucial that you wash your face with clean water that’s free from contaminants.

15 useful tips to find the ideal facial cleanser that meets your skin’s specific requirements

1. Identify your skin type

Cleansers differ from one skin type to the other. Hence, it’s important that you recognise what type of skin you have before you choose a facial cleanser. It’s important because using a cleanser that doesn’t suit your skin can lead to problems like dryness, oiliness, or irritation. Normal skin has the perfect mix of moisture and oil. While oily skin becomes greasy soon after washing it, dry skin is devoid of oil and moisture and can appear flaky. One is said to have a combination skin when some parts of the face are oily while the others are dry.

2. If you have dry skin, choose a moisturising cleanser

Cleanser packed with fruit nutrients and essential oils are suitable for dry skin. These nourishing ingredients not only moisturise the skin but also help make it smooth and supple. Opt for a cleanser that has natural oils like coconut and lavender to deeply moisturise your skin.

3. Learn about different cleanser consistencies

Cleanser textures range from thick and creamy to clear and gel-like consistencies. It’s because the consistency of the cleanser determines the type of skin it is best suited for. Creamy cleansers are ideal for dry skin while gel or foamy cleansers work well with oily skin types.

5. Avoid harsh cleansers

Stay away from all harsh, oil-dissolving cleansers that are soap-based as these cleansers have alkaline properties. Moreover, many cleansers which are formulated for dry skin tend to leave a greasy layer on your face. In the long run, this can be detrimental to your skin quality. Most importantly, never use a cleanser that leaves your skin looking dry.

5. Choose a cleanser that has exfoliating ingredients

Your skin can benefit greatly from regular exfoliation. However, daily exfoliation can be harmful if the exfoliant is coarse. Pick a cleanser that has mild exfoliants like peach pits or microbeads that effectively remove dead skin cells to add lustre to your skin and promote blood circulation.

6. Fragrance-free cleansers work best for sensitive skin

It’s best to treat your cleanser and your perfume as two different things and use an unscented facial cleanser. Cosmetic facial cleansers often have chemical-based fragrances that can cause skin irritation. Organic cleansers are your best bet, especially if you have sensitive skin.

7. Maintain a “skin diary”

Maintain a log of the different facial cleansers you use and for how long. Make a note of both the effective and ineffective cleansers. It’ll help you make a clear comparison and which one’s suitable for your skin.

8. Ask your friends for recommendations

Your friends are the first source for you to conduct a facial cleanser survey. Ask people you know about their cleanser’s ingredients and whether it works well or not. Get a head start in your search for the ideal cleanser by noting which facial cleansers are liked and disliked by your friends. Remember to ask only those friends whose skin type is most similar to yours.

9. Look for online reviews

The internet is full of reviews about every new cleanser that hits the supermarket shelves. Go through these reviews and take your time comparing different products. Visit reputable sites and forums before making a decision.

10. Add a toner to your cleansing routine

Once you’ve washed your face with a cleanser, use a toner. It closes the pores on your skin.  Neglecting this step may cause pimples even on dry and sensitive skin. If you have dry skin, use a toner that has alcohols like cetyl or stearyl alcohol as they are mild and nourishing.

11. Limit the cleansing time

While cleansing and massaging your face might feel relaxing, spending too much time on your cleansing routine can lead to sensitising your skin over time. Prolonged cleansing may dry out the skin even further. So, go easy on your cleansing time.

12. Stay away from sulphates

No matter what your skin type, stay away from sulphates. Sulphates are synthetic detergents added in cleansers to form lather when combined with water. This lather emulsifies and strips the skin of natural oils leaving pores open and prone to acne.

13. Choose a skin problem-specific cleanser

Most cleansers are formulated to target certain skin issues other than simply cleansing the face. They are often labelled by the issue that they tackle, like “acne-clear cleanser” or “oil balancing cleanser.” If you’re choosing a cleanser that tackles a specific skin concern, ensure that it also suits your skin type.

14. Do you need a post or pre-cleanser?

Pre-cleansers are used to prepare the skin for a facial or application of makeup while post-cleansers relieve the skin through makeup removal. Choose a cleanser based on your requirements.

15. Test the product

A facial cleanser that doesn’t suit your skin may lead to an allergic reaction. Hence, when choosing among alternative cleansers, buy smaller tubes that you can test for a week or two. Before making a purchase, give the cleanser time to work and notice if it suits your skin type.

Finally, there are no two people that have the same skin type, even if they are twins. Choose a cleanser based on your skin type and adopt it permanently. After all, you deserve to have clean and

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