Words by: Emily Venables
Every skincare routine, both morning and night, should start with a thorough cleanse. In the morning, a cleanser removes dead skin cells and sweat that has accumulated in the night and then in the evening it removes makeup and daily dirt and grime.
To get the best out of your complexion, you shouldn’t be using any ol’ formula – you need to use a cleanser that works for your skin type (not to be confused with ‘skin condition’).
If you’re overwhelmed by all the choice out there, you’re in the right place! Read on to find out more about your skin type, which cleansers could work best for you and the products to line your bathroom shelf with available at The Perfume Shop.
What Skin Type Do I Have?
First things first, to choose the right cleanser for your skin, you need to know your skin type. If you’re unsure, take a look at the most common types below and see which category you fall in to.
Oily/ Acne-Prone Skin
If your skin is often shiny or prone to acne and breakouts, then you are likely to have oily skin. This skin type is caused by too much oil being produced leading to enlarged pores, blackheads, and blemishes.
Combination skin can fluctuate between feeling dry and oily. You may also find you have a shiny T-Zone, are prone to blackheads and areas of dryness from time to time.
There are several characteristics of dry skin such as your skin feeling tight, smaller pores, a dull, lacklustre complexion, and it may appear flaky. Dry skin is a common skin type but be aware that it may flare up and become more apparent at certain times of the year. .
Sensitive skin can be a pain to manage, which is why it is important to listen to the needs of your skin when it comes to the products you use. Sensitive skin can be painful, itchy and succumb to rashes or redness. It’s not just skincare products which affect sensitive skin, it can also be triggered by the weather, hormones, stress, and the food you eat.
If you have a healthy balance of oil in the skin, a clear complexion, and an even skin tone, then you’re one of the lucky few to have normal skin.
Choosing a Cleanser for Your Skin Type
Here’s a rundown of the main types of cleansing formulas out there and which skin types they are most suitable for.
Best suited to: Combination or oily skin
Go for a gel cleanser if you like a lightweight option that hydrates the skin. A quality gel cleanser will easily remove traces of makeup and leave your skin feeling fresh.
Light Foaming Cleanser
Suitable for: Combination or oily skin (never dry skin)
If you want to thoroughly cleanse your skin, without the product feeling too heavy, then try a light foaming cleanser. Choose one that is free from added fragrance and is gentle on your skin.
Suitable for: Normal, combination and dry skin
An oil-based formula is a great first cleanse option when you are double cleansing, especially if you need to remove makeup or SPF.
Micellar/ Water-Based Makeup Remover
Suitable for: All skin types
Micellar water is made up of water and oil and should be used to remove makeup and the general build-up of daily dirt. Micellar water should be thought of as more of a makeup remover than a skin cleanser, so always follow up with a second cleanse.
Cream and Lotions Cleanser
Suitable for: normal, dry, and sensitive skin
If you like your skin to feel moisturised while you are cleansing, then this is the formula for you. The silky texture removes most traces of makeup, but you may need to double cleanse if you wear waterproof products.
Suitable for: All skin types but especially dry or very dry skin
Cleansing balms make a great option for your first cleanse if you wear a lot of makeup or slather SPF on in the morning. Apply to your skin in circular motions and remove gently with a soft, wet washcloth to reveal a makeup free face!
Suitable for: all skin types
Face wipes or cleansing wipes should not be used in place of a regular cleansing routine, but they are great if you are on the go, to use at the gym or you need a quick surface cleanse without the use of water.
Do I Need to Double Cleanse?
Ideally, yes! Double cleansing isn’t a myth – it is beneficial for your skin.
The first cleanse should remove makeup, SPF and daily pollutants. Micellar water, balms, cleansing creams and oils are all good options here.
Once you have removed the first product from your skin using a warm, wet flannel you can move on to your second cleanse. We advise keeping your best products for this stage so you can treat the skin. Think high-quality cleansing balms, with lots of plant-based ingredients, non-foaming gels, oils and clays for this step.
You know your skin best, so if you are tailoring your routine to your skin type, choose the best that works for your complexion.
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