1) OILY/COMBINATION SKIN
Oily skin is caused by overproduction of sebum in the pores. Although sebum is needed to hydrate the skin, too much can cause acne and clogged pores. Finding a cleanser that does the dirty work is easier than you think—especially when it’s paired with our Cristál cleansing brush! For oily/combination skin, we recommend foam or gel cleansers to eradicate the oil and leave you feeling squeaky clean.
Foam cleansers: As the name suggests, foam cleansers possess a soapy texture and produce a lathering sensation on the skin. This pairs well with oily skin because it works to extract debris and built-up oil, leaving you with a purified, fresh feeling. When paired with a cleansing brush, foam cleansers can penetrate the skin and unclog those hard-to-reach areas like around the nose. Although foam cleansers are designed to eradicate extra oil, they shouldn’t leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. Here is a great foam cleanser that will curb the oil while providing nourishment-
Gel Cleansers: Among the most versatile, gel cleansers can fit the needs for every skin type. Gel cleansers possess a smooth, springy texture. They do not lather like a foam cleanser, although a small amount of bubbles may appear while washing. Most gel cleansers contain salicylic acid: a component that breaks apart attached cells deep within the skin. This process aids in exfoliating and unclogging pores. If you are new to skincare, we suggest introducing gel cleansers with salicylic acid into your routine slowly so your skin can receive this breakdown gently. Here’s one great cleanser to introduce into your skincare routine-
2) DRY/SENSITIVE SKIN
Dry skin can be caused by a variety of factors-weather, harsh products, unbalanced pH level, skin conditions such as psoriasis—the list goes on. Like oily areas, dry patches on the skin can be irritating, especially if you can’t pinpoint the root of the problem. Luckily, there are tons of cleansers tailored to dryer skin so you can achieve hydration and the glow of a thousand suns. For flakier skin, we recommend exfoliating cleansers to remove dead skin cells for a renewed appearance.
Various allergies and conditions can cause skin to be easily irritated—psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and even sun sensitivity. If you experience any of these obstacles, or just have a hard time finding cleansers that aren’t too harsh, have no fear.
Milk Cleansers: Among the most gentle, milk cleansers are creamy, lotion-esque products that are recommended for bare skin. They are not made with any harsh chemicals or strong scents. Instead of penetrating the layers of dermis like a foam or gel cleanser, milk cleansers mimic the pH levels of the skin so as to not introduce any harmful ingredients that can aggravate the area. Check out one of our favorite milk cleansers that has gained popularity for those suffering from dry skin-
Balm Cleansers: This product is best for those who wear heavy makeup throughout the day. Balms work to melt away makeup on the surface of the skin, so it is best to double cleanse afterwards with another gentle cleanser. Balms possess a thick consistency and are oil-based, so they will not dry out or irritate sensitive skin.
To use, scoop out a little bit of product and massage between your fingers until the consistency is significantly creamier. You can then massage onto a dry or slightly damp face and work in circular motions to remove face and eye makeup. Rinse with warm water or a wet washcloth to thoroughly clean. Here is one of our favorite balm cleansers for sensitive skin-
Cream Cleansers: Thicker than milk cleansers, creams are extremely hydrating and do not typically lather when applied to the skin. You can use a cream cleanser on a bare or full face. These products are so gentle that you can use them to clean off heavy eye makeup like waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Cream cleansers do not strip your skin of its natural oils, but rather provide nourishment while cleansing dirt, oil, and debris from the surface.
Cream cleansers are recommended for those with sensitive skin conditions like dermatitis and rosacea. Made with soothing ingredients like greek yogurt and coconut oil, this product will not irritate the skin or cause redness. Cream cleansers can be used in the morning for a quick refresh, or at night to gently remove makeup and dirt.
3) NORMAL SKIN
If you have normal skin, you hit the jackpot! You can play around with different cleansers to find which texture suits you best.
FOR THOSE WHO WEAR HEAVY/WATERPROOF MAKEUP:
Oil Cleansers: Like gel, oil cleansers are suitable for most skin types. The oil base is used to dissolve makeup and natural oils on the face. No more wasteful makeup wipes! However, keep in mind that this is not your typical face wash. While the oil breaks down the surface of your skin, it’s not formulated to penetrate deeper. Pair an oil cleanser with your favorite face wash to double cleanse and ensure that the day is completely wiped away. Here is a highly rated cleansing oil known to gently melt away makeup without leaving the skin feeling greasy-
Caudalie “Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil”-$28.00DIFFERENT CLEANSERS FOR DIFFERENT OCCASIONS: Having different cleansers in your arsenal is important for various times of the day. When I go out and wear heavy makeup, I would cleanse with an oil-based cleanser so it breaks down the makeup better. In the morning when I’m not wearing any makeup, I like to use more milky/creamy cleansers to refresh my skin. During a normal working day with a medium amount of makeup, I prefer using a balm cleanser to thoroughly clean my face. I have sensitive skin, so all of these products do their part for specific occasions. It’s nice to be able to choose which cleanser will suit my needs in the moment. Every product has a different texture, and it can take time to find your favorite one. You might find a few that you truly love according to the occasion.