Cleansing should be one of the first steps in any skincare regimen, regardless of your skin type, and is essential in ensuring your skin is as clean as it can be. Between makeup, oil, sweat and pollution, our skin faces the elements and is put through its paces day in and day out. The right cleanser will provide you with a clean, fresh canvas, free from blemish causing bacteria and general dirt and grime.
Cleansing is a must, no matter your skin condition nor your lifestyle. So how do you properly cleanse the skin, and how do you choose the best cleanser for you? We’ve put together this quick guide to cleansing to get you started.
What is a cleanser?
As its name suggests, a cleansers cleanses the skin, removing both surface grime, oil and makeup as well as clearing bacteria from within the pores. Just as a soap or body wash cleans the body, a cleanser erases the day or any overnight oil buildup as well as preparing your skin for the next steps in your skincare routine- without a clean, unclogged base, the rest of your products will be unable to effectively do their job.
New to cleansing and wondering why you can’t just multitask in the shower with your body bar? Soap simply won’t cut it- the pH balance of the skin on your body is dramatically different to the skin on the face, so it’s important to choose a facial cleanser that works with the natural function of the skin. Even if you are using a facial cleanser, it’s best to do your cleansing over the sink rather than in the shower. You should avoid washing your face in the shower as the hot water can strip the delicate skin on the face of its natural oils as well as running the risk of dilating your capillaries and aggravating any existing skin conditions.
How to choose the best cleanser for your skin type
Best cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin
If your skin is naturally oily or acne-prone, choose a lightweight gel cleanser like the Sukin Oil Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser. Gels cleanse the skin without adding any additional oils, and this particular cleanser is rich in Bamboo Charcoal to extract and absorb any toxins and excess oils. Alternatively, try the Sukin Blemish Control Cleansing Facial Wash.