Cleansing & Skincare
Which type of cleaner will work best for your skin?
All facial cleaners are pretty much the same, right? Not really there are facial gels, foam cleaners, oil cleaners, cleaners for oily skin, cleansers for dry skin, cleaners for combination skin. Well, you get the idea….it's a confusing browsing online or in the store. Which type of cleaner will work best for your skin?
Let's keep it basic, because there are literately millions of facial care products out there that start at a $1 and run into the hundreds of dollars. You could easily use the same soap that you use on your body to wash your face, but most body soaps are harsh, and your face ideally needs milder cleanser.
Different Types Of Facial Cleansers
The primary focus of cleansing the face is to remove dirt, excess oils, dead skin cells, make up and germs all without irritating the delicate skin balance or depleting moisture. Cleansers can come in lotion, cream, gel, Aerosols , and self foaming, and even scrub formulations.
Foaming Facial Cleansers are a good choice for almost everyone. You just need the find the right formula for your particular skin type. Foam cleansers clean well, balances and replenishes proper moisture levels to the skin in one easy step. Many men and women like the foamy feel as it lifts away dirt and oil and washes away easily. Another plus of foam cleansers is that they do not pull or tug on the skin which can break down the elastic fibers. Always wet your face first then apply about 1 tablespoon of cleanser to wet hands, and then rub hands until you have a nice thick foam. Use your hands to wash your face gently, and finish with a splash of water, or gently rise with a clean wash cloth.
A couple of my favorites drug store brands that will not bust your wallet, but work as well as very expensive brands from a dermatologist are:
- Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser works well for Sensitive Skin, oily skin or combination skin types.
- Cera Ve Foaming Facial Cleanser is my first choice, as it replenishes your skin with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. My dermatologist turned me on to this, and I recommend it as it is full of natural ingredients of a healthy skin barrier, never leaving it feeling tight or dry.
Non Foaming Facial Cleaners
This is the mildest type of facial cleanser comes mostly in cream, lotion, and deep oil cleansing formulations, and as it does not contain large amounts of surfactant that produce the foam in other types of cleansers it can simply be wiped off or rinsed off. Many women and men with very dry skin prefer this type of cleanser as it deposits the deepest moisture on to the skin, and additional moisturizers are not needed. This type of cleanser is better for mature skin as it can handle the heavier moisture formulations that might clog the pores of younger women causing skin breakouts.
I asked my dermatologist what he recommended and he had a few recommendations: Dove non foaming facial cleansers, Avenno, Cera Ve, Cetaphil, and Kiehl were ones he recommends to men and women who want a mild and effective facial cleaner.
- Oil Cleansers
Can oil clean skin?
I use safflower in the shower after my dermatologist recommended it. I use it to wash my face, and after the shower I blot dry my skin, and then apply the safflow oil to my moist skin. My skin has never been healthier, and it contains no harsh chemicals. I do miss the suds sometimes it make me feel as if I'm not really washing my face, but my skin is glowing because I am not stripping my skin of its natural oil. You do need to make sure you have a mat down in the shower as using oils in the shower can make the tub or tile slippery.
“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.” according to acne.org
- Sesame (all skin types)
- Safflower (all skin types)
- Jojoba (all skin types, good for acne)
- Avocado (dry & aging skin)
- Sweet almond (all skin types& acne oily)
- Grapeseed (all skin types& acne oily)
- Avocado (dry& mature skin)
This type of facial cleanser is not for everyday use. It can cause redness and irritation when used on sensitive skin, or if over used by those with oily skin types. Dead skin removal is important for glowing healthy skin, and facial scrubs to play a part in a facial care routine. Facials scrubs can be homemade such as good old baking soda, sugar and honey, coffee & brown sugar, fresh strawberries and sugar, and Oatmeal and honey just to name a few. These can be just as effective as store brought versions. If you are not into making our own then you can find a more than you can try in a life time lining store shelves or being offered online. Store bought versions can include ingredients like:
- Granules that soften and dissolve away when they get we (mild)
- Smooth round silica beads (can include Jojoba) (mild)
- Different sizes of gritty Calcium carbonate (harsh)
- Ground up seeds, or husks that can include apricot, walnut and almonds (harsh)
- Make up Wipes
I admit that I use these frequently, but not every day. Mostly on a day I have applies heavy make up. They are extremely popular and easy to use. Although not really environmentally friendly make up wipes offer a quick and easy way to remove make up in a hurry. The soft pre-moistened wipes can sweep away all types of makeup, dirt and oil leaving your skin fresh, and and clean with out rinsing. But….how well do they really clean the skin? They are only the first step in the cleansing process, and do require that you follow up with a gentle cleanser.
- Baby Wipes The Secret Make Up Remover
I will admit that I buy huggies tea tree and cucumber baby wipes to do quick make up removal, or a quick wash job in the morning if I don't want to wash my face before going to the beach or gardening. There are many different types of baby wipes that contain shea butter, aloe, and camomile. It’s one of the fashion industry’s secrets, and make up artisit use them to remove the heavy duty makeup that is piled on during shoots.
There is no one size fits all cleaners. It will require some trial and error, but if you are still having problems with breakouts, sensitive skin, overly dry skin or deep wrinkles then it might be time to make an appointment with the dermatologist.
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