The world of cleansers can be confusing. Gels! Milks! Balms! Oils! Foams! Mousses! Creams! Soups! Scratch that last one! And while the level of variety is great for so many reasons, it can also make things.. complicated.
We’re all about making things simple here, so let us help you find the perfect formula for your skin type.
The best types of cleansers for sensitive skin
If your skin is prone to rashes, inflammation, and redness - you’re probably sensitive. Since your skin is so easily irritated, you’re going to want to stick to the most soothing of the bunch.
When it comes to calming, gel, milk and cream cleansers are the cream (sorry) of the crop. As their name suggests, the texture is cool and lush. And thanks to their highly moisturising ingredients, your face gets a real good clean without any fear of irritation or stripping.
The best types of cleansers for oily or breakout-prone skin
Those with oily or acne-prone skin tend to experience shine, regular blemishes and congestion, and generally large, coarse pores. All of that excess oil requires a little extra effort to keep your skin thoroughly cleansed. Cleansing foams and mousses are designed to give skin a deep cleanse which makes them perfect for the oily or breakout-y.
You’ll definitely want to make sure that you aren’t totally stripping away all of that oil and leaving your skin tight and uncomfortable, which is why we recommend a cleansing mousse over a cleansing foam. Though both share a fluffy, frothy texture, a cleansing mousse creates that texture with the pump, where a foam (usually, but not always) creates that texture with surfactants (SLS/SLES) that have the potential to irritate skin.
The best types of cleansers for dry or mature skin
Whether your skin type is dry (lacking oil and prone to feeling tight, dry, or even rough) or mature, you’re going to want to cram hydration into your routine wherever you can, to make up for all that oil your skin isn’t naturally producing.
Cleansing oils and balms are magnificent for this as they’re loaded with nourishing oils and butters that will offer your skin the hydration it really needs. This means they are able to replenish as they remove which is the ultimate combination for thirsty skin.
The best types of cleansers for just skin
If your skin is supple, smooth, plump, with small-medium pores, and a healthy colour - we deem that, just skin. Your face is content. And that is the easiest skin type of all when it comes to picking products.
Because your skin isn’t producing too much or too little of anything, it’s best to focus on what your major skin concerns (if any) are and adjust your routine accordingly. Skin feeling dehydrated in winter? (Remember: dry skin and dehydrated skin are very different things.) Take an oil cleanser for a test drive. Skin looking a little dull? Keep an eye out for cleansers that have AHAs in them. Skin won’t stop breaking out in spots? Find one with a BHA!