The foundation of any effective skincare routine should always be a brilliant cleanser. But, just like the rest of your skincare regimen, the cleanser you use should be geared towards your skin’s specific needs. Unfortunately, many of us pay little attention to the cleanser we use and using the wrong one for your skin type can contribute to sensitivity and make oily skin even oilier. Here’s how to get it right…
Foamy cleansers are excellent for detoxifying overburdened skin while rebalancing and removing excess sebum. Unlike the foaming cleansers of old – which could sometimes leave skin feeling stripped, tight and uncomfortable – modern formulations are anything but drying. If your skin feels oily and congested try swapping out your regular cleanser for one with foaming properties. Dr Barbara Sturm Cleanser is a favorite; it has been formulated with soothing panthenol and aloe vera making it ideal for sensitive types. Omorovicza Cleansing Foam is another product we frequently rely on thanks to its mineral-rich thermal water which helps to restore balance to angry skin.
There are few beauty products more luxurious than a thick balm cleanser. Just the act of massaging it into dry skin is enough to make you feel instantly relaxed. But, a brilliant balm cleanser is more than a sensorial treat, it’s also a really effective treatment. Take 111Skin NAC Y2 Restorative Cleansing Balm for example. Yes, it melts away dirt and makeup but it does so much more than that. Containing beta-glucans, this clever cleanser helps to reduce inflammation in the skin and boost hydration levels, while green tea delivers a shot of antioxidant protection. Kat Burki Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm is just as hard-working. With vitamin C and camu berry, plus coconut, avocado and jojoba oil, it helps to brighten skin by targeting unwanted pigmentation. If your skin is starting to show signs of aging, or you live or work in a city, then you will want to use one of these cleansers daily.
Gel formulas are ideal for delivering an array of exfoliating acids. This means you can slough away dead skin and smooth the texture of your skin before you have even touched a peel pad or serum. Gentle acids such as the alpha and beta hydroxy acids found in Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel and Natura Bissé Facial Cleansing Gel + A.H.A. are gentle enough to use three-or-four times a week without seeing any resulting sensitivity. These acids help to keep pores unblocked, treat – and even prevent – pimples, promote fresh and healthy new skin cells and even soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Make sure to follow them up with a super nourishing moisturizer and broad-spectrum SPF for day.
A two-step cleanse is helping when you want to ensure properly clean skin, especially after a day in the city where you come into contact with pollution and other air-bone irritants. An oil cleanser is the ideal first step in your cleansing routine as it latches onto dirt and grime and even excess natural oils. If you naturally have oily skin you may think it wise to avoid an oil cleanser but, as like attracts like, the cleanser will draw out excess sebum from your skin leaving it feeling balanced and comfortable. Both May Lindstrom The Pendulum Potion Complete Cleansing Oil and Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser are excellent options with the former boasting Peru oil, macadamia and sweet orange oil, and the later vitamins A, C and E plus Omega 3. They both provide a good source of antioxidants and smell incredible. Massage a few pumps into dry skin, emulsify with a little tepid water to create a milky texture and then massage the product into your skin, over your eyes and into your hairline, before rinsing away.