How To Pick The Right Cleanser For Your Skin Type

To choose the right cleanser for your skin, look at its texture!

While cleansers only stay a short while on your face, its effects can go much further than that! A cleanser that’s too drying can easily exacerbate both oiliness and dryness, and scented cleansers can irritate sensitive skin. So you really want to be sure you’re picking the perfect cleanser for your skin type.

Thankfully, it’s easy to figure out– it all comes down to texture. Really, the texture of a cleanser can tell you a lot about its formulation and therefore, its effects on your skin. So buckle up and find out what belongs on your bathroom counter!

Dry Skin 

If you have normal-to-dry skin (you’ll know if your skin tends to feel tight immediately after a shower) then it’s best if you use a rich, creamy cleanser like this one that removes makeup and dirt without drying the skin. Creme cleansers are full of restorative moisturising plant oils that restore moisture to skin while giving it a good cleanse.

LAURA MERCIER BALANCING CRÈME CLEANSER, RM159

 

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skinned folks need to be most cautious about their choice of cleanser. The number potential irritants in cleansers – from detergents to fragrance and added extracts – can easily trigger a reaction in sensitive skin, no matter how soon you think you’ll be washing off your cleanser. Opt for the gentlest, alcohol-free, unscented cleansers you can find.

CETAPHIL GENTLE SKIN CLEANSER, RM22.36

Oily Skin

Foam cleansers create lots of bubbly lather because they contain a high concentration of detergents, which clean skin —  not the best choice for oily skin which will produce even more oil to compensate. So if your skin gets oily at the end of the day, use a purifying gel cleanser to remove the excess oil without that squeaky-clean after-feel. Gel cleanser often go on smoothly and offer a deep cleanse without stripping the skin like some foaming cleansers.

LAURA MERCIER BALANCING GEL CLEANSER, RM159

Acne-prone Skin

Don’t believe anyone who tells you need to go all out to fight acne. A gentle approach is best rather than attacking your face with cleansers with harsh acne-treating or exfoliating additives. Instead, use a gentle hydrating cleanser and spot treat acne with a dedicated treatment.

SHISEIDO WASO QUICK GENTLE CLEANSER, RM105