Cleansers are the foundation of a good skincare routine.
If there’s one thing beauty lovers can agree on, it’s definitely this. Cleansing is the essential first step of every strong skincare regimen as it removes excess sebum, dirt, bacteria, makeup residue and other impurities that may congest your pores leading to a myriad of skin woes. This beauty step also primes your complexion to receive subsequent skincare treatment products. With so many types of cleanser available, we examine what each of them has to offer in this article.
Foam cleansers start as a gel or cream which lathers and foams up when in contact with damp skin. Its foam penetrates your pores to clean out any gunk and trapped sebum. However, most foaming cleansers contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent notorious for causing skin irritation and stripping your skin of its natural moisture. The instant tightening and squeaky-clean feeling a foam cleanser delivers is not worth the long-term harm it does to your skin.
A popular cleanser of choice during hot summer days, gel cleansers are lightweight and feature a gel-like consistency. It effectively rids your skin of excess sebum and delivers a deep cleanse to clear out pores. This cleanser does not lather and also does not leave behind a heavy residue. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, this cleanser will leave you feeling refreshed after use.
Cleansing oils are oil-based face washes that breaks down even the most stubborn of makeup. These ultra-luxe and nourishing cleansers loosen up dirt and break down makeup to effectively cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. It is suitable for all skin types, even oily skin. It may sound counterintuitive to use an oil-based cleanser if you have oily skin, but this balancing cleanser strengthens your skin barrier and hydrates your skin so that it does not overcompensate dryness by producing more oil.
Our Organic Age Defying Peptide Cleanser features a luxurious lush formula that is natural, non-toxic and gives your anti-aging skincare regimen an added boost with its peptide complex.
A common misconception about milk cleanser is that they contain milk. A milk cleanser is only named as such due to its milk-like appearance. In fact, milk cleansers are developed with a natural emulsion of fats and water which gently cleanses your skin without being overly drying. It relies on nourishing emollients instead of foaming agents or exfoliating grains to remove grime.
Luxury by Sofia’s Organic 2 In 1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser is a purifying milk cleanser that effectively removes makeup and revitalizes your skin.
Cream cleansers are ideal for dry and sensitive skin. Featuring a rich and lush cream-based formula, cream cleansers are extraordinarily moisturizing and replenishes your skin’s hydration level while rinsing off impurities that can potentially dull your shine. As dermatologist Dr Howard Sobel explains, “Cream cleansers tend to be gentler and more hydrating than other cleansers, making them ideal for dry and sensitive skin types.”
A relatively new entrant to the cleanser category, micellar water is fast becoming a beauty staple. This water-based cleanser is infused with micelles that draw dirt, makeup and impurities away from your complexion. The best part about this lightweight cleanser? It does not require rinsing off with water!
No matter your skin type or personal preferences, there are certain non-negotiables when choosing the best facial cleanser for your skin. Your cleanser of choice should be gentle and formulated with skin-loving ingredients only. Cleansers packed with chemicals and irritants like parabens, lead and talc should not be part of your daily routine.