Facial cleansers are one of the most important tools in your skin care arsenal. They work to remove all traces of dirt, makeup and other impurities to leave your skin fresh, clean, and ready for targeted treatments. Cleansing your skin is the first step in your skin care regime because it preps the skin for the next products you apply. Most people know the importance of cleansing, but do you know how to choose the best facial cleanser for your skin? Read on to learn how.
How to choose a facial cleanser: Skin types
The first step to choose the right cleanser is to know your skin type. Do you have oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, or acne prone skin? This information is critical because if you use a cleanser for oily skin when you actually have dry skin, you'll strip your skin of the moisture it needs. If you use an acne cleanser on sensitive skin, you risk irritation.
Oily skin: If your skin becomes oily within a few hours of cleansing and you have large pores and a shiny t-zone, then choose a cleanser for oily skin. Bioelements Decongestant Cleanser is the best cleanser for oily skin. This lathering gel removes excess oil and dirt for a deep cleanse.
Dry skin: If you don't experience t-zone oil and your skin tends to feel "tight", then choose a cleanser designed for dry skin, like Moisture Positive Cleanser. This rich and creamy formula rids your skin of impurities, but doesn't strip the skin of valuable moisture. Skin is left soft and comfortable.
Combination skin: Have dry cheeks but an oily t-zone? Choose a combination skin cleanser if your skin can be moderately oily in spots and dehydrated at others. Flash Foam Cleanser is a fan-favorite combination skin cleanser that actually works well for most skin types. This foaming cleanser exfoliates the skin to instantly dissolve excess oil and other impurities without drying out the skin.
Sensitive skin: Does your skin ever sting, itch or flush? If you experience those sensations along with visible redness or irritation, then choose a cleanser for sensitive skin. Sensitive Skin Cleanser features calming oils like olive and kissi seed to melt away pollutants and impurities without irritating the skin.
Acne skin: While most people experience the occasional breakout, if you experience more clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads and frequent breakouts then acne may be your skin type. Spotless Cleanser is formulated with maximum strength salicylic acid to remove acne causing surface bacteria from the skin. This effective formula is dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating.
Facial cleansers: Do you need more than one?
Even when you correctly determine your skin type and appropriate cleanser, there are circumstances where you may need to use a different formula. Seasonal changes can play a large role in what facial cleanser you need. Those with oily skin might experience more dryness in the frigid winter months. A switch to Moisture Positive Cleanser can help skin defend against winter dryness. The same is true in reverse; those with dry skin can experience excess oil in the summer heat. If you suffer from spring allergies, Sensitive Skin Cleanser can help balance skin's protective barrier layer.
Those that suffer with predictable breakouts (such as hormonal breakouts once a month) can switch to Spotless Cleanser a few days before they know they'll break out, to stop acne in its tracks.
Your skin type can even change over time due to medication, hormones, stress, and injury. Always pay attention to your skin and its needs to choose the right facial cleanser.
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