Cleansing the skin is one of the easiest yet most often overlooked skincare element. Most of us wash our face daily, anywhere from 1 to 3 times and it’s important for our very first step in our skincare regimen to be taken seriously. While the whole ‘squeaky clean’ notion has been relayed to us time and time again when it comes to our skin, that’s now always the best thing for the skin on our faces.
If your skin is feeling tight and dry after cleansing (like mine does if I deviate from my extremely basic cleanser that’s great for dry, sensitive skin – CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser – it’s seriously nothing fancy), you’re likely using something too harsh for your skin. It could be essentially stripping your skin of its natural oils and even damaging your skin’s top barrier. If you have a healthy skin barrier, you can expect glowing skin that is free from irritation, dryness & inflammation.
It wasn’t until high school when I really understood the type of cleanser I should be using. I remember trying some skincare products my brother had and learning that they were TOTALLY not for my skin type. So after much trial and error, I realized that it wasn’t always the ingredients in the skincare products I needed to be aware of, it was actually the texture too and that comes into play, especially for facial cleansers. (I’ll never forget using one of his astringent products and my 6th grade skin was yelling curse words at me… boy did that burn!)
While ingredients are super important of course, the texture of a product plays a vital role in how your skin takes to it. In the case of cleansers, some cleansers are formulated to be more deep-cleaning while others are made to be uber gentle. Then you’ve got everything in-between, like those that exfoliate too. It’s important to know both what your skin needs and what type of cleanser is best for your skin type.
With dry skin, you’ll be dry all year long! You will notice dryness, flakiness and redness no matter the season.
With oily skin, you’re dealing with oiliness all year long. It’s normal for skin to feel more oily during summer months, but you’re probably blotting away shine no matter the season. You may be more prone to breakouts too.
In this sitch, you’ve got a combination of both skin types – you might have an oily T-zone and dry skin elsewhere. In your case, your skin changes from day to day, season to season. You like to mix things up 😉
Recommended for oily, combination, and sensitive skin. Also recommended for acne-prone skin.
‘A daily green juice cleanse for your face with cold-pressed antioxidants to remove makeup and prevent build-up in pores, while keeping skin’s pH balanced.’
Recommended for dry and sensitive skin.
‘Developed with dermatologists, Hydrating Face Cleanser, Face Wash for Normal to Dry Skin is a unique formula that cleanses, hydrates and helps restore the protective skin barrier with three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II). The formula also contains hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture.’
Recommended for oily and combination skin.
‘This luxurious cleanser made with Greek yogurt is rich in proteins, minerals, and vitamins to gently cleanse while nourishing—leaving skin soft and supple, and reducing redness. The formula also easily removes makeup and impurities without irritation. The cleanser includes amaranth seed extract to soothe, as well as calming honeysuckle to provide antibacterial benefits.’
Recommended for most skin types, yup even oily.
‘DHC Deep Cleansing Oil removes excess oil, makeup, dirt and other pore-clogging impurities with its water-soluble formula. Infused with olive oil and vitamin E, it nourishes and hydrates the skin, while rinsing completely clean, never leaving behind any oily residue.’
Recommended for oily and sensitive skin.
‘Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a truly unique rice-based enzyme powder that micro-exfoliates dulling debris and instantly leaves the skin noticeably smoother and brighter. The powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing papain, salicylic acid and rice actives to accelerate cell renewal. Bearberry, aspergillus, grapefruit and licorice evens skin tone. A soothing blend of green tea, ginkgo and colloidal oatmeal calms inflammation.’
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