Do you know if you’re using the right type of facial cleanser? There are many different types of facial cleansers with different types of formulas and it’s important to use the right one for an effective skincare routine.
Types of Facial Cleansers
Gel cleansers are typically made with foaming properties that thoroughly cleanse the skin. Gel cleansers are often a great choice for most skin types.
Cream cleansers often have moisturizing ingredients that hydrate the skin, making them a great choice for people with dry skin. Cream cleansers often have a thicker consistency that can lock in your skin’s natural oils.
Oil cleansers are especially effective for removing waterproof makeup and surface debris. They work by dissolving impurities on the skin without stripping away natural oils. Other types of cleansers are often the first choice for people with oily skin.
How to Choose the Best Cleanser for Your Skin Type
People with a “normal” skin type don’t have overly dry or oily skin, meaning their skin’s complexion is typically well-balanced. Most facial cleansers can be used on normal skin, including gels like the Epicuren Herbal Cleanser, cream cleansers like the Apricot Cream Cleanser, and oil cleansers.
Combination skin can be tricky because it is classified as skin that is dry in some areas and oily in others. Oily areas that are prone to blackheads include the nose, chin, and forehead where there are many sebaceous oil glands. A gel cleanser that won’t add oil to the skin is often a good choice for combination skin and it can be supplemented with moisturizer.
Oily skin occurs when people have overactive oil glands in the skin. Sebaceous oil glands are naturally found in the follicles of our skin, and they are necessary to keep the skin moisturized and balanced. However, too much oil production is one cause of acne and unwanted shine. Gel cleansers like the Epicuren Citrus Herbal Cleanser or Herbal Cleanser are often better choices than oil-based cleansers.
Sensitive skin often reacts easily to various chemicals, environmental factors, and other external factors. To avoid irritating your skin, stick to gentle cleansers without harsh ingredients. Our Herbal Cleanser or Apricot Cream Cleanser can gently but effectively cleanse your sensitive skin.
People with oily and/or sensitive skin may have acne-prone skin. Acne is mainly caused by a buildup of oil on the skin that mixes with surface debris and gets trapped in the skin’s pores. Bacteria can also get trapped in the pores, leading to inflammation and redness. For acne-prone skin, we recommend the Clarify Cleanser with a gel formula.
How to Cleanse Your Skin
Double cleansing is important to maintain beautiful, healthy skin. This means cleansers should be used in the morning and at night.
Morning Facial Cleansing
Cleansing your face is a great way to start the day. Prepare your face with lukewarm water and then apply your cleanser in circular motions. Rinse and then pat your skin dry. Using a moisturizer and SPF in the morning (applied after cleansing) will help keep your skin protected from harmful UV exposure during the day.
Nighttime Facial Cleansing
At night, you should start by removing your makeup to create a clean slate and maximize the effectiveness of your cleanser. The Silk Radiance 3-in-1 Cleansing Oil is an effective makeup remover for all skin types. The Crystal Clear Eye Makeup Remover can also be used on all skin types and has a peptide-based formula to gently cleanse the fragile skin around your eyes. After removing your makeup, use a facial cleanser of your choice and then pat your face dry.