It’s time to toss out that old bar of soap and say hello to the world of cleansers. There’s no better feeling than fresh-squeaky clean skin, especially after a long day of mommy duties. For a healthier complexion, a cleanser gets down to the nitty-gritty to lift off all impurities. Even though washing your face is the most fundamental skincare step, choosing the right cleanser for your skin type is just as crucial. Before even thinking about your serums or anti-aging creams, cleansing should be the very first step in your skincare game. Your skin can only fully absorb and benefit from skin-loving formulas after you remove all traces of makeup, dirt, and extra oil.
While not all facial cleansers are made for every skin type, there’s something for everyone with options ranging from oils and gels to foam and cream cleansers. If you’re constantly struggling with clogged pores, breakouts, dullness, and discoloration, using the right cleanser for your skin type will make a world of a difference.
Let’s break it down with some of the best options for cleansers to make your morning and evening skincare game a little easier.
An excellent choice for oily or combination skin types is a foam cleanser. Lightweight and creamy at first, these cleansers froth to a thick, luxurious foam that doesn’t strip natural oils from your skin. A cream-to-foam formulation softly removes dirt, makeup, grime, and oil without compromising the skin's protective layer. A lather is incredibly relaxing to keep your skin’s natural moisture balance in place while lessening any inflammation and redness on your skin.
You may think we're crazy for putting oil cleansers on our list, but consider this: Oil attracts oil, and healthy oils bond with natural sebum, residual makeup, and dirt that all get washed away when it comes in contact with water. Although it may seem like an oil-based cleanser would be a nightmare for oily or acne-prone skin, it’s a match made in skincare heaven because it doesn't sink in and simply eliminates impurities. An oil cleanser will balance and maintain your skin’s natural pH and is a highly gentle technique to remove debris from your skin without clogging your pores.
If your skin is on the drier side with signs of premature aging, a thick cream cleanser has a dense enough formula that will deeply hydrate the skin and not leave it parched from daily washing. The rich, heavier consistency is especially beneficial for dehydrated skin types that need a punch of moisture. The hydrating qualities will cleanse your face gently yet efficiently without removing natural oils that your skin desperately needs to keep it supple and youthful.
For extra sensitive skin types with acne and heavy on the oilier side, a gel cleanser has the best consistency to deeply remove excess oil, calm irritation, unclog pores and fight against breakouts. A gel formula with soothing tea tree oil and anti-oxidants makes it ideal for treating and preventing acne. With their exfoliating and antiseptic qualities, they do wonders for getting rid of acne-causing bacteria all while keeping your skin well-balanced.
A different kind of cleanser that serves as both a daily cleanser and an exfoliant face pack, clay cleansers work best for oil-prone skin types with their detoxifying properties. The most widely used type is Kaolin Clay that’s gentle enough to absorb excess oil, sweat, and impurities for gentle exfoliation. For oily and combination skin types, clay is the holy grail cleanser since it effectively removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores without causing irritation or damage. You can also leave it only for 5 minutes for a brighter complexion.
If you haven’t heard of the miracles of a powder cleanser, get ready to become obsessed. These dust-like formulas have a fine baby-powder consistency that turns into a liquid paste when it comes into contact with a bit of water. Best of all, the most common powder cleansers are organic and free from foaming agents and preservatives. While it can be used for all skin types, it works to gently exfoliate the skin to get rid of clogged pores and dead skin cells for a plump and brighter complexion.
Nothing feels better than starting your day with a freshly cleansed face. Let your skin breathe and rejuvenate each morning and night with a match-made cleanser worth trying out!