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Choosing A Perfect Cleanser For Your Skin Type

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Cleansing is an essential step in every skincare routine, regardless of your skin type, where you reside, or whether you wear makeup.

Ironically, cleansing and cleansing products might be the most neglected topic once we talk about skincare. However, the effectiveness of other skincare products is determined by how well you wash, so picking the right cleanser is crucial to creating a great skincare routine for any skin type.

The Proper Cleanser is the Key

Before going deeper into various cleaning products, the difference between them, and the ingredients you should look after, let’s expand on the meaning of cleansing.

Cleansing carries several important features in your skincare routine:

  • It removes the contaminations, remaining makeup, and other products from your skin, preparing it for further care steps.
  • With cleansing, you get rid of excessive natural oils, prevent build-up and clogged pores that lead to breakouts and acne.
  • Cleansing is the psychologically crucial first step in the skincare routine that will prevent you from bailing on the whole ritual.

So, generally, once you fail to clean your skin correctly, all the following products may go in vain once applied to clogged and contaminated skin. However, it’s important to remember that a harsh cleanser might strip your skin of its natural oils, resulting in moisture imbalance, sensitivity, and premature aging.

Because all skin types are different and have different needs and issues, they require different cleansers. However, except for skin type, other significant factors may influence the choice of cleanser for you. Whatever fits you perfectly may not work even for your twin sister, who lives in another state. But finding a proper cleanser for your skin type will instantly demonstrate to you the features and benefits of your skin, which you might have never thought of before.

Let’s Make it Clear!

Ironically, cleansing is the step of the skincare routine that can mess up the whole process. It is essential not to underestimate the importance of purifying your skin and preparing it for the following steps. At the same time, many people tend to overdo it. Yes, when it comes to your skincare, there is such a thing as “too much.” And the excess of cleansing can do much more damage than the lack of it.

Let’s use the benefits of reverse psychology and discuss the most notorious mistakes in cleansing before giving any advice:

    • You only need to clean your skin in the evening. It is the most common mistake! Yes, due to the overall pollution and makeup, you need to clean your skin thoroughly in the evening. But it does not mean that your skin stays perfectly clean during the night. It produces oils and sheds dead cells. Not to mention that you don’t change your pillowcases every day. Cleansing in the morning is as important as after a long day!
    • It is only clean when it squeaks. While most people think this squeaky effect is proof of proper cleansing, this false feeling of purification is the first red alert that you have chosen the wrong cleanser. Understand your skin squeaks since a cleanser ripped off all the natural oils from the surface of your skin. Not only does it strip all the natural protective barriers but thinking that you are in some aggressive atmosphere, your skin starts to produce excessive oils to protect it. As a result, you get oily skin and its necessary entourage – breakouts, blemishes, and inflammations.
    • Natural cleansers do not work as well as synthetic ones. Once you wear makeup every day, you constantly search for cleansing solutions to remove it thoroughly. However, many people claim that you have to compromise, either use gentle cleansers based on natural ingredients or go for more radical products but guarantee to get rid of the remaining makeup from the first attempt. You do not have to compromise! Introducing cleansing accessories such as a face brush or a washcloth to your skincare routine will help you benefit most from its natural ingredients and clean your face thoroughly.

Ingredients Matter: Learn the Difference

The most common mistake individuals make when selecting a face cleanser or any other skincare product is neglecting the list of ingredients. Many of us think labels like “anti-aging” or “for sensitive skin” fully determine that the product line is appropriate and fits the skin’s needs.

However, those labels have turned into a powerful marketing tool and hardly reveal the product’s true nature. In other words, not every product “for oily skin” will work for your greasy cheeks.

Brands sometimes appear to slap those labels on their products haphazardly, seemingly unconcerned about how certain substances may affect the skin. That is why you may often see alcohol in products meant for mature or even sensitive skin or other ingredients that may conflict with your skin type’s nature and needs.

The Notorious Sulfates

If you have ever compared a synthetic cleanser with a product based on natural ingredients, you might have instantly noticed the difference in their foaming abilities. Synthetic cleansers are famous for their rich lather that may immediately give you a sense of cleanliness and leave that squeaky effect as proof.

First, we have already discussed squeakiness and how it indicates your cleanser’s aggressive nature. But it is also important to understand where this rich, luxurious foam comes from. Synthetic cleaners are loaded with sulfates. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, to be precise. Those are the same elements responsible for the foaming qualities of a product. You may find them in any cleansers: from body wash to shampoo. And while their effect on your hair or body skin is still a subject for discussion among skincare experts, the damage that SLS may have on your face is undeniable. Those elements are particularly aggressive once applied on sensitive skin or gentle skin around your eyes and lips. They are corrosive and are often linked with potentially dangerous symptoms that can lead to severe long-term effects such as allergies, premature aging, or breakouts.

Natural cleansers often use Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate as a surfactant. Providing decent leather, this element is much gentler to your skin and hardly ever provokes any reactions and symptoms of allergy, even on the most sensitive skin.

Proceeding From Your Skin Type

Just like with any skincare product, your choice of a cleanser should entirely depend on your skin type. It is a good idea to consult a professional skincare expert before exploring the shelves of a local cosmetic store. Despite what celebrities say in commercials, there is no such thing as a universal product for every skin type. Moreover, neglecting your skin’s peculiarities and needs may lead to severe consequences and even health damage.

However, once you are sure about your skin type and know all the issues it tends to demonstrate, let us guide you through ingredients to look for in cleansers.

Oily Skin

The main challenge of oily skin is pore-clogging. Not only should you look for a cleanser that would clarify your skin, preventing oil build-up, but your product should not exacerbate the problem. For example, try to avoid creamy cleansers or those loaded with excessive oils.

If you have oily skin, look for natural cleansers that contain salicylic acid as a component. Witch Hazel or Willow are two possibilities. In terms of texture, look for cleansers that deliver the highest level of purification while posing no pore-clogging risks.

Dry Skin and Mature Skin

While dealing with dry or aging skin, moisturization is the key to success. We are primarily used to the fact that moisturization is all about crèmes and serums. However, a natural face cleanser can also hydrate your skin while cleansing it gently.

Look for ingredients like aloe vera or coconut oil in your cleanser. Not only do they provide gentle and delicate care, but they are also famous as powerful antioxidants that minimize oxidative stress, preventing premature aging and slowing the process.

Acne-Prone Skin

Proper cleansing might be the essential matter for acne-prone skin. Unlike any other skin type that can react with breakouts from time to time, acne-prone skin can act out due to various reasons, causing severe physical and mental suffering to those who have it.

Once choosing a cleanser for acne-prone skin, pay attention to products that contain tea tree extract. It is widely famous for its antibacterial effect and ability to soothe inflammations. Another significantly efficient ingredient is aloe vera which stimulates collagen production, making the consequences of acne less visible. It’s crucial to remember, though, that acne is a medical condition, and solving it with cosmetic products may lead to serious consequences. Make sure to consult a professional skincare expert who will help you build a safe and efficient skincare routine for your acne-prone skin.

Remember, take a moment for self today!

Dr. Emmons

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