Cleansing is vital to having healthy,beautiful skin. If you neglect this important step in your skincare routine its time to have a think.
Not cleansing upsets our skins balance and can cause many problems,acne, dull skin, wrinkles etc
Switching cleansers on a regular basis can cause irritation to your skin and breakouts,especially if you are prone to them.
Personally,I use two cleansers, my gel cleanser in the morning and my cream cleanser at night to help remove excess make up.
I am quite lucky as I have what it deemed as normal skin but many people dont have “normal” skin so this needs to be taken into account when choosing a cleanser that is right for your skin.
Oily skin- When choosing a cleanser make sure it is desgined for oily skin.Cleansers desgined specifically for oily skin efficiently remove oil excess.
If you are purchasing this at a supermarket make sure your not in a rush and can look through all the cleansers and make sure you are picking one that seems right for your skin type. Look for the terms oil free,gentle and water based.Check to see if it is non-comedogenic which means the product wont clog your pores.
Alternatively you can go to a cosmetic counter and get advice in choosing an appropriate cleanser,ask for samples so you can try before you buy.
If your skin is prone to acne look for a product containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
Dry skin- Avoid any cleanser that has any mention of alcohol. Alcohol is very drying and will make your dry skin even drier! If your cleanser lists ethyl alcohol, isopropyl and ethanol avoid them. Keep your eyes open for a hydrating cleanser. Look for a high water content and some oils(not mineral oil as it will clog your pores). Also foaming cleansers tend to be alot more drying than others so it may pay to stay away from these types of cleansers.
Combination Skin- Probably the easiest skin type to care for, you may have drier patches and oiler patches but neither excessive enough to become a problem. Choose an oil free facial cleanser. If you want, you can use 2 cleansers, one for oily skin on the oily parts of your skin(generally the t-zone) and a cleanser specifically for dry skin on the drier parts of your face. Although keep in mind this is a more time consuming and costly way of doing this and your skin would benefit almost as much from a cleanser designed for normal skin.
Sensitive Skin- Stick to fragrance free. Also it might pay to look for a more natural product. Keep in mind the shorter the list of ingredients the better!
Below are some cleansers I have found and have been reccomended to me by friends and family. I am currently using Nutrimetics Hydrafinity Gel Cleanser.
|Solutions Maximum Moisture Day and Night cleanser from Avon price to be confirmed||Origins Pure Cream Rinseable Cleanser $30.50 available from http://nz.strawberrynet.com/skincare/origins/pure-cream-rinseable-cleanser/101906/#DETAIL|
|Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser $11.99 available from most Supermarkets||Nutrimetics Clear Oil Control Cleansing Gel $25 from http://www.nutrimetics.com.au/portal/skincare/18320_promo.html|
|Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleansing cream $13.79 available from most supermarkets||Yves Saint Laurent Pureness Rinse off insant foam $54.50 from http://nz.strawberrynet.com/skincare/yves-saint-laurent/pureness-rinse-off-instant-foam/82432/#DETAIL|