Have you ever stood for ages in front of the cleanser aisle at the drugstore, wondering what the heck you should buy?
I have. Many times. There’s just too much choice these days, isn’t there? Foaming cleansers. Cream cleansers. Cleansers that also exfoliate.
How can you tell which one will cleanse your skin without irritating it? Here’s a quick guide to help you out:
1. Cream cleansers
What they are: these moisturizing cleansers contain emollients to keep skin soft during cleansing.
Pros: gentle on the skin, they don’t dry it out.
Cons: they don’t always remove makeup well
Best for: dry skin that needs the extra moisture
- Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser ($17.00)
- Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Cream Facial Cleanser ($6.99)
2. Foaming cleansers
Pros: cleanse skin well.
Cons: can be drying.
Best for: oily skin.
- Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser, Sensitive Skin ($5.29)
- Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Oil-Free Foaming One-Step Cleanser ($35.00)
- Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($6.49)
3. Oil-based cleansers
What they are: these cleansers use oils to attract and dissolve the oils on your skin and makeup.
Pros: they cleanse well (they easily remove waterproof makeup too).
Cons: can leave a greasy residue behind.
Best for: dry skin, but everyone can use them.
4. Exfoliating cleansers
What they are: they contain ingredients, such as glycolic acid and apricot kernels, that can remove dead cells from the skin while cleansing it.
Pros: cleanse skin and make it brighter.
Cons: don’t work well. Glycolic acid and salicylic acid must be left on the skin to work as they should, while apricot kernels and other small exfoliating particles can easily irritate skin.
Best for: no one.
Best picks: I don’t recommend them. More often than not, they are a waste of money.
What is your favourite type of cleanser?