HERE'S THE LOWDOWN ON FACIAL CLEANSERS:

by Christina


WHAT DO THEY ACTUALLY DO FOR YOUR SKIN?!

Removes: dirt, sweat, and excess oils that can build-up on your skin throughout the day and over time!

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WHAT ARE THE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLEANSERS?

  1. BAR SOAPS- usually you want to stray away from these types of cleansers for your face as they are not really designed with your face in mind- they are mostly composed of fairly HARSH detergents and other agents which means all they end up doing is stripping both the GOOD and the BAD from your skin :( 
  2. FOAMING- These types of cleansers seem to last the longest as they usually require less product to achieve good cleansing of your face! They can however, be very drying too as a result of all their foaminess :(
  3. NON-FOAMING- similar to a gel or a lotion these cleansers tend to be more on the mild side and may not be suited for many who feel that these types do not get their face the "clean" feeling they are looking for! I'm one of those people- I love that they are usually gentle and hypoallergenic, but they just don't cut it for me and usually leave me with unclean feeling skin right after I just washed my face and more breakouts. They are really good though for use early in the am for those with super dry skin.
  4. CLEANSING BALMS- they will be in a solid form while in the container, but when applied they begin to liquefy as your body heat warms them up! These cleansers are excellent for removing waterproof and stage type makeup.
  5. OIL CLEANSERS- also called OCM, the oil is rubbed into the skin and then wiped off with a cloth and they usually remove types of makeup that can't normally be removed by everyday cleanser.
  6. ABRASIVE SCRUBS- these physically scrub into your skin and removes dead skin which in turn allows for a lot smoother skin! The harshness is determined by the scrubbing particles themselves.

WHAT TYPE OF CLEANSER SHOULD I USE ON MY SKIN TYPE?

  • Oily - "active" cleansers, i.e. a foaming type cleanser.
  • Dry - try to avoid using foaming types for example, and go with something that is more moisturizing.
  • Sensitive- go for cleansers that have little of no fragrances, acids, dyes, and other harsh ingredients.
  • Acne prone- stay away from cleaners that tend to be medicated as they will tend to have a drying effect and stick with those that are more gentle!
SKIN TYPES:

SKIN TYPES:

CHEAP VS. LUXE:

Over the years, I have definitely struggled with this issue when it comes to cleansers....what do I spend on a good, every-day cleanser?! In earlier days, I would have been perfectly content to stick with a brand I knew wasn't going to cost me over $10, but as I've gotten older and wiser I've realized that may not be the way to go :( That being said, there are a couple of less-expensive, affordable choices that can be options to the more luxe, expensive brands. You will however in my opinion, notice a difference. The main reason why?! The higher-end and luxe brands tend to use much higher quality of ingredients and more money into actual research and science behind their formulas. They will in turn be more effective and last longer!

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WHAT BRAND(S) DO I USE?

1. MURAD Clarifying Cleanser $26 This is one of the very first of the more expensive cleansers I'd ever bought. I always go back to this one and have it on-hand so if I need to switch cleansers for a bit of having a bit of a break-out, this really helps in aiding to clear it up! It's gentle enough to use even on sensitive skin for every--day, but you definitely want to make sure that you use a moisturizer following as it can dry your skin due to the strength in formula> 1.5% Salicylic Acid, Menthol, and Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea)

1. MURAD Clarifying Cleanser $26

This is one of the very first of the more expensive cleansers I'd ever bought. I always go back to this one and have it on-hand so if I need to switch cleansers for a bit of having a bit of a break-out, this really helps in aiding to clear it up! It's gentle enough to use even on sensitive skin for every--day, but you definitely want to make sure that you use a moisturizer following as it can dry your skin due to the strength in formula> 1.5% Salicylic Acid, Menthol, and Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea)

  2. PETER THOMAS ROTH-Anti Aging Cleansing Gel $35 I use this cleanser every day and I really LOVE IT!!!! It's one of my favs right now and  has been since I tried it about a year ago. The bottle lasts forever-it lasted me several months and it works better than any other cleanser I've tried hands down. It keeps down my breakouts to almost nothing if anything at all! It also leaves my skin looking and feeling ultra smooth, fresh, and clean. Well worth the price!!!

 

2. PETER THOMAS ROTH-Anti Aging Cleansing Gel $35

I use this cleanser every day and I really LOVE IT!!!! It's one of my favs right now and  has been since I tried it about a year ago. The bottle lasts forever-it lasted me several months and it works better than any other cleanser I've tried hands down. It keeps down my breakouts to almost nothing if anything at all! It also leaves my skin looking and feeling ultra smooth, fresh, and clean. Well worth the price!!!

  3. JULEP-Bare Face Cleansing Oil $28 *$22.50 for Mavens! SUPER shocked by this product! I've tried other similar-type cleansers that were oil-based before and I was always never very impressed :( They always seemed to leave my face actually feeling oily and sometimes even caused skin irritations or breakouts! This one made from Julep is excellent, has a great fragrance, does NOT leave you skin feeling oily or non-clean, and instead leaves it feeling fresh and soft! It's also great a removing stubborn makeup :)

 

3. JULEP-Bare Face Cleansing Oil $28 *$22.50 for Mavens!

SUPER shocked by this product! I've tried other similar-type cleansers that were oil-based before and I was always never very impressed :( They always seemed to leave my face actually feeling oily and sometimes even caused skin irritations or breakouts! This one made from Julep is excellent, has a great fragrance, does NOT leave you skin feeling oily or non-clean, and instead leaves it feeling fresh and soft! It's also great a removing stubborn makeup :)

  4. PETER THOMAS ROTH-Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Wash $35 I just got this wash not too long ago and I was just as impressed with it, as I was with the anti-aging cleanser Peter Thomas Roth has as well listed above! The difference with this wash versus the orange one, is that this cleanser contains a 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid as its main ingredient. It's also a little more on the mild side so if you have sensitive skin you may want to try this wash first! You also want to add a moisturizer if you don't already have in your routine in order to prevent over-drying as that can occur with the Anti-aging cleanser mentioned above.

 

4. PETER THOMAS ROTH-Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Wash $35

I just got this wash not too long ago and I was just as impressed with it, as I was with the anti-aging cleanser Peter Thomas Roth has as well listed above! The difference with this wash versus the orange one, is that this cleanser contains a 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid as its main ingredient. It's also a little more on the mild side so if you have sensitive skin you may want to try this wash first! You also want to add a moisturizer if you don't already have in your routine in order to prevent over-drying as that can occur with the Anti-aging cleanser mentioned above.

5. MURAD-Daily Cleansing Foam $28 VERY easy to use with a pump dispenser, this is in my opinion, one of the best cleansers Murad makes- and they have a LOT with several lines in their cleansing products. Another thing that I really like about this cleanser in particular is the fantastic scent! Surprisingly, you do not have to use much of it to get a good foaming action going with about 2-3 pumps max so this one will also last you quite a while even if you use it every day! This cleaner is VERY good when it comes to fighting acne too!

5. MURAD-Daily Cleansing Foam $28

VERY easy to use with a pump dispenser, this is in my opinion, one of the best cleansers Murad makes- and they have a LOT with several lines in their cleansing products. Another thing that I really like about this cleanser in particular is the fantastic scent! Surprisingly, you do not have to use much of it to get a good foaming action going with about 2-3 pumps max so this one will also last you quite a while even if you use it every day! This cleaner is VERY good when it comes to fighting acne too!

6. FIRST AID BEAUTY-Face Cleanser $20 This is the least inexpensive on my list but DON"T let that FOOL you! :) It's actually a really awesome cleanser for the price and will leave your skin feeling clean with no residue! I got this as a sample and ended up really liking how clean it left my skin feeling so I went ahead and ordered as a travel cleanser and backup cleanser for home! 

6. FIRST AID BEAUTY-Face Cleanser $20

This is the least inexpensive on my list but DON"T let that FOOL you! :) It's actually a really awesome cleanser for the price and will leave your skin feeling clean with no residue! I got this as a sample and ended up really liking how clean it left my skin feeling so I went ahead and ordered as a travel cleanser and backup cleanser for home! 

WHAT'S ON MY CLEANSER WISHLIST?

Soap & Glory- Face Soap & Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash $25 With over 2300 LOVES and 35 reviews with 5 out of 5 stars in ratings at julep.com, this product just might be the next cleanser I try! I'm always looking for new and exciting products and I really like the cute bottle in pairing with the ingredients! The formula includes: NO Parabens or Phthalates, and made with Vitamin C, superfruit yuza, and ultra-soft scrub-beads! I will be making this one the top on my list on seeing what it's about!

Soap & Glory- Face Soap & Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash $25

With over 2300 LOVES and 35 reviews with 5 out of 5 stars in ratings at julep.com, this product just might be the next cleanser I try! I'm always looking for new and exciting products and I really like the cute bottle in pairing with the ingredients! The formula includes: NO Parabens or Phthalates, and made with Vitamin C, superfruit yuza, and ultra-soft scrub-beads! I will be making this one the top on my list on seeing what it's about!

TATCHA -Pure Step Camellia Cleansing Oil I'm intrigued by the two-in-one proposal of this brand and although I've never tried anything from Tatcha, I've read a lot of good reviews and also noticed that the company, which is over 300 yrs.old- seems to take great care in the quality of their products and ingredients. Their packaging always seems to be beautiful too! The formula includes: NO Parabens, NO Sulfates, and NO Phthalates in addition to containing a unique ingredient called Hadasei-3 which is made up of a type of Okinawa algae and Japanese rice bran.

TATCHA -Pure Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

I'm intrigued by the two-in-one proposal of this brand and although I've never tried anything from Tatcha, I've read a lot of good reviews and also noticed that the company, which is over 300 yrs.old- seems to take great care in the quality of their products and ingredients. Their packaging always seems to be beautiful too! The formula includes: NO Parabens, NO Sulfates, and NO Phthalates in addition to containing a unique ingredient called Hadasei-3 which is made up of a type of Okinawa algae and Japanese rice bran.

BARE MINERALS-Purifying Facial Cleanser $20

I've tried a lot of their beauty products and would like to see how they in the realm of facial cleansers, moisturizers, etc. This is also formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates and DOES contain: Rare Minerals Active Soil Complex which supports turnover of new cells and a protection in the form of an antioxidant.

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