Choosing The Right Type of Facial Cleanser

1) Gel Cleansers including AHA

AHAs and BHAs are types of hydroxy acids. The purpose of both is to exfoliate the skin. Generally designed for deep cleansing, they are effective at decongesting clogged pores, remove dead skin cells and excess oil and kill acne-causing bacteria thanks to their antiseptic and exfoliating properties.

Ideal for: Oily and combination skin

2) Foam Cleansers

Foam cleansers are lightweight cleansers that start out as gel or cream that turns into a foamy lather. This type of cleanser is a gentler option for most oily skins as it works much like a gel cleanser and removes excess oil and dead skin cells.

Ideal for: Oily and combination skin

3) Cream Cleansers

Cream cleansers are usually thick, creamy and contain moisturising ingredients like botanical oils. They gently cleanse skin without stripping it of its natural oils. This makes them a great choice for dehydration and after receiving skin rejuvenation treatments. Cream cleansers may also be described as milk or lotion.

Ideal for: Dry and sensitive skin

4) Oil Cleansers

Not to be avoided by oily skin types; oil cleansers have the power to dissolve oil unlike water-based cleansers. Oil cleansers gently remove pore-clogging debris such as water-proof makeup which in turn keeps pimples, blackheads and whiteheads at bay. This achieved without over-drying the skin.

Ideal for: Most skin types

5) Clay Cleansers

Clay is perfect for helping with oily or acne-prone skin. Known for their absorbing power, clay cleansers help reduce shine and purify the skin by drawing out excess oil. Detoxifying and hydrating are other benefits of this unique cleanser.

Ideal for: Oily and combination skin

6) Micellar Cleansers

Micellar water is a facial cleanser made from micelles, tiny cleansing molecules suspended in water. The micelles have both hydrophilic and hydrophobic qualities. That means they have the ability to wash away dirt, impurities, and makeup. This is achieved gently and without disrupting the skin’s natural barrier.

Ideal for: All skin types

7) Powder Cleansers

Powder cleansers don’t contain water whatsoever, so all active ingredients remain potent and undiluted. Plus, because they’re dry, they last longer. These cleansers—powdery soft when dry—dissolves into a creamy concoction upon contact with water, thoroughly cleansing the skin while providing gentle exfoliation.

Ideal for: Oily and sensitive skin

8) Bar Cleansers

The soaps of old would strip the skin of dirt, but also the natural oils and its protective barrier too. Cleansing bars of today will still clean the skin, but instead use a combination of nourishing ingredients, soothing oils and – sometimes as a bonus – exfoliating acids, they add goodness whilst taking away grime.

Ideal for: Oily and combination skin
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