Last time we wrote about Cleansers and you were kind enough to send us more questions about it. There were two main questions:
- How long should I leave the cleanser on?
- How do I choose the best cleanser for my skin type?
In this article, we will answer these two questions and try to give more explanations to help you choose your next cleanser.
HOW LONG SHOULD I LEAVE THE CLEANSER ON?
We have noticed that many brands do not specify how long you should cleanse your skin with their product. If the labels of the cleanser state how long the product should be left on your skin, exceeding that recommendation will not improve your skin complexion.
If the packaging doesn't say how long you should leave the cleanser on your face, aim for 30 to 60 seconds. Also, if your skin is very oily, the cleanser should not be left on for more than two minutes.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE BEST CLEANSER FOR MY SKIN?
As with most skin care products, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to facial cleansing. Dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells, pollutants and other impurities affect the skin differently depending on whether it is:
- or sensitive.
There are many different types of cleansers that can be overwhelming, but it is best to find one that fits your skin type and concerns.
Best facial cleanser for acne-prone skin
If you're constantly struggling with breakouts, look for facial cleansers that contain ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid and avoid cleansers that contain too many lipids or oils.
Stick to facial cleansers that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to fight breakouts and soothe the skin. Water-based foaming cleansers that are oil- and sulfate-free are best, and you should stay away from rough exfoliants.
Best facial cleanser for oily skin
For oily skin, foaming or gel cleansers are the best choice. Choose a cleanser with non-comedogenic ingredients (like aloe vera, green tea, citric acid and rosehip seed oil) so it doesn't clog your pores.
Oil-free or water-based cleansers are always popular for oily skin types, as the lack of oil helps to balance out excess oils. However, oil-free is not your only option. You can try an oil-based cleanser if you are not prone to acne. The healthy oils draw impurities out of the skin, and the oils also make it easy to remove dirt, makeup, and sebum.
Best facial cleanser for dry skin
If you have dry or normal skin, look for cream-based cleansers with moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, lipids/oils, and ceramides.
Since dry skin lacks moisture, people with dry skin should use cleansers that do not strip the skin of its remaining moisture balance. Water-based cleansers and foams can be too light for dry skin types.
Oil and cream-based cleansers are the best face washes for dry skin because they provide the skin with healthy oils while still removing impurities.
Best facial cleanser for sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin, opt for mild cleansers with a fragrance-free, sulfate-free formula. It is recommended to avoid foaming cleansers as they can remove too much natural moisture.
Many gentle, soothing cleansers fall into the cream category. This is because the moisturizing ingredients in cream cleansers soothe sensitive skin that may be inflamed by acne, rosacea or other skin conditions. This type of facial cleanser is also known as a cleansing balm.