Cleansers are fundamental to every skin care routine and for every individual regardless of age. Choosing the right cleansers is as crucial as keeping your skin clean.
With innumerable brands offering their expertise and new brands coming out by each day, it becomes not only confusing for us, but the experimentation can create a havoc on our skin.
Reading the labels is the first and foremost thing before you add any product to your basket. The companies do specify clearly that a certain cleanser is suited for which skin type.
But, our skin condition has changed a lot over the years. For example, we may suffer from oily skin that is dehydrated and sensitive at the same time. When you look for your holy grail cleanser, you may be stuck with one referred for oily skin, other for sensitive and also a one for dryness.
When shortlisting the cleansers, remember to consider your actual skin type as the crucial key factor. Dehydration and occasional flaking can be counteracted with increased water intake, topical moisturisers and certain foods.
I have mentioned previously about cleansers specific to a skin type in my posts. But, today I will put together all the basic forms of cleansers available to just put an end to this ever lasting confusion.
Cream Cleansers– Creams are best suited for dry skins. They have emollient properties and generally create none to less lather. They clean thoroughly and sometimes leave a moisturising residue. So, if you have dry skin that flakes, itches and feels really tight after washing, then you should opt for cream cleansers.
Gel Cleansers– Contrary to creams, gels are water based. And, these create the most lather, remove dirt and excess surface oils and provide a squeaky clean feel after washing. This property of gel cleansers make them best suited to oily and acne prone skin. One thing to consider while using a gel cleanser is not overdoing it. Otherwise, it can leave even an oily skin feel stretchy.
Cleansing Oils- These were the first type of cleansers when we did not have conventional formulas. From coconut oil to ponds cold cream, these were considered best to not only cleanse, but remove makeup efficiently and still get a soft non-oily skin. Nowadays, different oils are put together for a synergetic combination suited for different skin types and many cleansing oils are available. The key to best results is to apply on dry skin, massaging the product gently, wiping off with a wet and warm wash cloth and then finishing off with lukewarm water. Many brands and beauty gurus suggest on using a wash cloth only to finish the cleansing. But, I believe lukewarm water is best especially for oily skin. The reason is, sometimes the residue left behind may cause clogged pores and you make curse the product, which you should not.
Cleansing Waters– These are relatively new in comparison to other types of cleansers. We have the French to thank for bringing these potions to our lives. These come in two forms. One are plain water like formulations and other are micellar or bi phase formulas. Bi Phase are more efficient in removing waterproof formulas. If you are wearing a full face makeup, then first cleanse with a cleansing water and finish off with your favourite cream or gel cleanser.
Powders– There are not too many powders out there for cleansing and personally, I feel they are best for light morning cleanse or just gentle exfoliation. For a proper deep cleanse after coming back home with a face full of dirt, grease and the pollution of the whole universe, I think we should stick to the other forms of cleansers.
Sponges– Initially, I was bit unsure if these really work and clean efficiently. After several uses and carefully examining the results, I can now confidently talk about these relatively old, but new to the western beauty industry cleansing products. These are natural plant fibers from Konjac that have cleansing and gentle exfoliationg properties. They come in many variants from plains to the ones with clay. I suggest to start using these only twice a week initially and then progress to every night as your skin starts adapting to the sponge.
Cleansing Balms– The formulation of balms is slightly different to the oils, but the effects are rather similar. Balms melt into oils when they come in contact with the skin. Some brands also add fine granules to provide both cleansing and exfoliation. One thing, I have noticed is balms cleanse with very little to no residue as compared to oils that do leave a residue behind except very few ones.
Cleansing Wipes– Although, not the most preferred type of cleanser, these do serve as a lazy girl’s saviour and an emergency solution. These are soaked cloths infused with cleansing agents and some hydrating ingredients. I am not a huge fan of wipes and I only use them when no other option is available, especially, when I am out for longer durations during summers. Despite, the drawbacks, some brands make really good wipes that not only remove makeup but cleanse well without leaving a residue. But, do not rely on cleansing wipes to clean your skin like a proper face wash.
So, these are the types of cleansing products that are readily available everywhere. I think now it will be much easier for you to determine a right type of cleanser for your skin type and condition.
I will be back very soon with product recommendations for cleansers. Be on the lookout for the post.