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How To: Cleanse Your Face

How to cleanse with Sukin

Cleansing should be one of the first steps in any skincare regimen, regardless of your skin type, as it’s essential in ensuring your skin is as clean as it can be. But what is cleanser exactly? And what does cleanser really do? 

Whether you’re wondering how to use cleanser or how to choose the best cleanser for your skin type, we’ve put together this quick guide to cleansing to get you started.

What is a cleanser?

As its name suggests, a cleanser cleans the skinBetween makeup, oil, sweat, and pollution, our skin faces the elements and is put through a lot each day. The best cleanser will provide you with a clean, fresh canvas, free from blemishcausing dirt and excess oil.

What does cleanser do?

Cleanser removes grime, oil and makeup from the skin’s surface and within the pores. 

Just as a soap or body wash cleans the body, a cleanser helps to erase oil build-up while prepping skin for the next steps in your skincare routine. It leaves a clean base so that the rest of your products can effectively do their job.

What does cleanser do differently to your normal body wash?

Washing your face with soap simply won’t cut it. The pH balance of the skin on your body is drastically 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.

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How to choose the best cleanser for your skin type 

Best cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin

The best cleanser for oily skin or those prone to acne is a lightweight gel cleanser, like the Sukin Oil Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser. 

gel cleanser gently cleans the skin without adding any oils. This particular cleanser is also rich in Bamboo Charcoal, which helps to extract and absorb toxins and excess oils, making it the best facial cleanser for acne. Alternatively, a great face cleanser for acne or oily skin is our Sukin Blemish Control Cleansing Facial Wash. 

Best cleanser for dry skin

Dry skin will benefit from an oil-based cleanser. Oils work to melt away makeup and grime without stripping the skin of any of its natural oils or drying it out. 

Sukin’s Super Greens Cleansing Oil is the perfect facial cleanser for dry skin. This dry skin cleanser harnesses the cleansing properties of Sunflower and Grapeseed Oils to gently remove dirt and impurities. It also boasts the hydrating qualities of Chia and Jojoba Oils, making it the best oil cleanser if you struggle with dryness.

Best cleanser for normal skin

If your skin doesn’t lean towards oily or dry tendencies, opt for a cleanser for normal skin with a creamy consistency, like Sukin’s Signature Cream Cleanser. 

Best cleansers for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin types should look for face cleansers for sensitive skin that are specifically formulated to help prevent flare ups or additional irritations. 

The best cleanser for sensitive skin that’s also oily is the Sukin Sensitive Cleansing Gel, while our Sensitive Cleansing Lotion is a great face cleanser for sensitive skin that is also dry. 

Particularly dry and distressed skin can also benefit from the Sukin Rosehip Nourishing Cream Cleanser. This cleanser for sensitive skin helps to restore moisture to the skin thanks to Rosehip and Borage Oils, while Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil and Camelia Oil refresh the appearance of a tired complexion. 

How to use cleanser

Once you’ve determined the best formula for your skin type, it’s important to understand how to use natural cleansers properly.  

Our top tip? You should avoid washing your face in the shower as the hot water can strip the delicate skin of its natural oils, dilate your capillaries and aggravate any existing skin conditions.

How to use gel cleansers 

To use a foaming or gel cleanser: 

  • Start with damp skin and warm, wet hands 
  • Lather the product with water 
  • Use clean fingertips to gently massage the cleanser into the skin 
  • Rinse thoroughly with water 
  • Pat the skin dry as gently as possible- no rubbing!

How to use an oil cleanser 

Oil-based cleansers are a foreign concept to many, but they’re incredibly effective at removing grime and heavy makeup from the skin. 

To use an oil cleanser: 

  • Apply to dry skin using either dry fingertips or a cotton pad soaked in the product. 
  • Either massage the oil into the skin or wipe gently until your makeup is removed and your skin is clean. 
  • Instead of splashing your face with water, gently wipe the skin with a warm, damp cloth. 

Whether you choose a gel cleanser or an oil based cleaner, it’s important to cleanse both morning and night. 

A morning cleanse may seem unnecessary, but our skin naturally produces oil and collects dirt and grime from our pillowcase as we sleep, so it’s essential to remove any excess before we start our day. 

Now that you know what cleanser is, how to use cleanser and how to choose the best cleanser for your skin, you can enjoy a cleaner and clearer complexion.


If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first.

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