Your ultimate guide to picking the right cleanser.
Typically, a skin care routine is tailored to your personal preferences — meaning you choose products for their texture, scent, and of course efficacy.
How you cleanse is actually a vital first step towards getting clearer, healthier, and glowier skin—plus, no moisturizer, serum, toner, or treatment will do its best work if you’re putting it on top of skin that hasn’t been properly cleaned to meet your complexion’s needs.
You may choose to swap your eye serum with an eye cream based on your preferences. However, there is one step that’s non-negotiable for healthy skin: washing your face. Compared to the rest of your routine, it might seem pretty basic — boring even — but it’s not as simple as picking up the newest buzzy launch. Cleansers are not a one-size-fits-all situation. In fact, choosing the right cleanser depends on your skin type.
BEST FOR: Normal/ Combination/ Oily/ Acne-Prone Skin
Gel formulas are clear with a thick gel consistency, and they’re amazing for deep cleansing. They decongest clogged pores, remove excess oils without stripping the skin.
Beware of: Strong ingredients that can overly strip your skin. If your face feels tight after using a gel cleanser, it could be too intense for your skin.
Kose Sekkisei Clear Wellness Cleansing Gel
Kose Clear Wellness Cleansing Gel is a low-irritation gel cleanser that transforms into smooth oil. Gently bonds to and removes makeup to leave skin with deep clarity.
Created with the concentrated natural goodness of our beautiful Earth, this refreshing low-irritation gel facial cleanser gently clears away not only makeup, but also dullness and dirt embedded deep in pores without stressing skin.
Lab Series Rescue Water Gel Cleanser
Lab Series Rescue Water Gel Cleanser is a mild, lightweight formula designed to effectively remove dirt, oil and pollutants ─ clearing the way for optimum hydration.
This cleanser is nondrying and helps maintain the skin’s moisture barrier. Rinses off easily and leaves skin feeling clean, refreshed and smooth.
BEST FOR: Oily/ Acne-Prone Skin
Foaming cleansers are great for cleaning deep into pores. They are a great option for oily-prone skin types, just be sure to thoroughly hydrate your skin, post-cleansing, and consider using this just as part of your nighttime routine, instead of twice a day.
Beware of: Try to avoid sodium lauryl sulfate (a foaming agent), as this ingredient can irritate sensitive skin.
Lancome Clarifique Cleansing Foam
Lancomes new Clarifique rich non-drying foam softly exfoliates and refines skins surface while clearing away dead skin cells and daily impurities. This pore refining cleansing foam is formulated with resurfacing French beech bud extract, known for accelerating skins natural renewal.
The facial pore cleanser is also enriched with Salicylic Acid, to cleanse pores and make your skin look brighter.
Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser
Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean formula rapidly lathers into a rich foam that gently removes makeup and other impurities, unclogs pores and leaves skin healthy-looking, fresh and luminous. Use it in the morning and evening as a daily cleanser or twice a week as a three-minute purifying mask.
It combines natural skin-loving botanicals and minerals with proven skin care expertise.
BEST FOR: Makeup Removal/ Dry/ Sensitive Skin/ Eczema
An oil cleanser is a very gentle way of removing dirt from your skin, and it doesn’t clog your pores because it doesn’t sink in, it only removes impurities.
Cleansing oils will also balance and maintain your skin’s natural pH, preventing your skin from producing excess oil, like it might do to combat drying ingredients from other cleansers. We love to use a cleansing oil as the first step in our cleansing routine, and then follow with a water-based cleanser that suits our skin type.
Beware of: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for thinner oil formulas or balms that transform into a milk before rinsing away.
Shu Uemura Sakura Refreshing Cleansing Oil
The new Shu Uemura POREfinist² cleansing oil washes off stubborn makeup easily and quickly with the smallest oil molecules that quickly penetrate and rinse off, and leads to refreshed poreless looking skin.
The water-like cleansing oil goes beyond make-up removal to dissolve and wash away excess sebum and blackheads that are stuck inside pores. Blackheads are removed to reveal a refined, smooth skin.
Kose Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil
Kose Treatment Cleansing Oil easily removes waterproof and stubborn makeup. Cleansing oil that purifies and promotes skin that is healthy, beautiful and translucent.
Compounded with oriental herbal ingredients to help with skin-brightening efficacy and revitalizing sensorial experience.
Now you know which cleanser you should be using, here’s how you can get the most from your cleanser:
- Always use warm water to wash your face. Hot water can actually dry out your skin, increase the likeliness of irritation, and even cause damage to your facial capillaries and the barrier function of the skin’s surface. Once your face is clean, use a splash of cool water to close your pores.
- After cleansing, apply a gentle toner which will help remove the final traces of any makeup or dirt from around your hairline and rebalance your skin pH.