Every skincare routine starts with cleansing. This first step cleans your skin of dirt, removes excess oil and can prepare your face for actives and other elements of your skincare.
There are lots of cleansers available, and each of them brings specific benefits. You can really boost your skin health by choosing one that meets your requirements.
So, what cleansers are available?
This type of cleanser is probably the most commonly used. This is a product that foams when applied to damp skin, and cleans the skin whilst it is massaged in, before being washed off with water.
You’ll find that if you have oilier skin, this cleanser is great for keeping your face clean. However, those with dry or sensitive skin might find that foaming products dry it out further.
Ideal for oily and combination skin, gel cleansers give the skin a deep clean, removing surface oil and fighting acne-causing bacteria.
Some gel cleansers can be too aggressive for those with very dry or sensitive skin, who should only use a gel cleanser specifically designed for these skin types.
Oil cleansing has been growing in popularity over the past few years, partly due to interest in the multiple step cleansing routines that Korean skincare is known for.
These products are applied to dry skin, and massaged in to remove makeup and impurities. Then, water is added to the face to emulsify the oil before it can be washed off or removed with a cloth.
Many people with oily or acne-prone skin worry that an oily cleanser will cause breakouts, but in face oil cleansers can help these issues, as the oil attracts sebum and dirt and removes them from the skin.
Micellar water has had a few resurgences in the last few years. It’s made up of soft water containing lots of suspended micelles, which are cleansing oil molecules. The oil molecules work to draw out impurities from the skin without having a drying effect.
When using micellar water, just apply it to your face and wipe off as needed — no water necessary.
This product is also great for removing makeup without drying out your skin or making it feel tight. Those who have naturally drier skin or live in places where the water is hard (and therefore potentially drying) might find this helpful.
Double cleansing is a popular way of combining a few cleansing products to give the skin a deeper clean and prevent breakouts and other problems. It has become increasingly popular throughout the world, after becoming known as one of the key steps in Korean skincare.
Usually, this involves using an oil or micellar water to remove makeup, sweat, sebum or dirt. This is then followed by a foaming cleanser to make sure that any excess product is removed, as well as the last of the impurities.
This method might be too much for those with dry or sensitive skin (though it can be done with very gentle product choices) but it can really benefit those with oily or acne prone skin, and can be a great way to clean your skin after exercise.
Whichever cleansing routine you go for, the most important thing is to make the most of all the options and really personalise it so the first step of your regime is doing all it can for your complexion.