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!
WHAT ARE THE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLEANSERS?
- 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 :(
- 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 :(
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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!
WHAT BRAND(S) DO I USE?
WHAT'S ON MY CLEANSER WISHLIST?
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