What skin cleanser are best for your skin?
The art of cleansing
Cleansing is the first thing you do during your skincare routine. For that reason, it is the most important step during your routine. It is also very simple and easy to implement, it does not matter what type of skin you have, either sensitive / oil type or dry skin.
Before we start, there is no one cleanser for all. The type of cleanser you go for will depend on the type of skin you have. Find out how to find your skin type?
Like for every skincare product you will be using, it is very important to look at the ingredient list, does it have glycolic acid? Is there vitamin C or glycerin? Any alcohol?
Some active ingredients do not mix well together and can be irritating, so you need to make sure you know what is inside your formula.
As a rule of thumb, it is best to avoid cleansers with alcohol, perfume (also called fragrance, parfum). Alcohol will damage the skin barrier and ultimately give you sensitive skin.
The job of your cleanser is to thoroughly clean the skin without making it dry.
There are many cleansers available on the market. We are going to cover each type first and then go through the best way to achieve gentle skin.
The types of cleansers available on the market:
- Gel cleanser: clear and jelly texture. Usage for normal skin, oil skin, combination, and acne-prone skin.
- Cream cleanser: richer in texture, in general, they have added moisturizing effects. Efficient in makeup removal. Dry and sensitive skin
- Foam cleanser: foam cleansers will become foamy as it gets mixed with water. Useful to clean the pores. Good for oily skin and combination skin.
- Clay cleanser: used for detoxifying effects. Clay cleansers remove dirt and other particles found on the surface of the skin. Good for Oily skin, acne-prone skin, and combination skin.
- Wipes: cleansing wipes are very convenient to use for your face wash. But they are not the best type of cleanser for the face. Good if you are feeling lazy and want to save time. Additional wash or toner might be need though. Can be used for oily skin, dry skin, normal skin.
- Cleansing oil: Effective for makeup removal. They offer a nourishing effect (contained in the oil), however, they are not good for deep cleansing your face and may be part of a pre-cleansing process. Can be used with dry skin, normal and combination skin.
- Cleansing balm: slightly more solid texture than oil face cleanser. Can be found in both rinse and no rinse options. Can be used for dry sensitive and normal skin.
- Micellar cleansing water: these are the lightest form of cleanser you can find, very close to water in terms of texture. Ideal for dry skin, oily skin, normal skin, and sensitive skin.
- Bar soap cleanser: A lot of people do not read recommendations when it comes to skincare. Therefore they use simple body soaps to clean their skin. The issue is that soap contains some harsh ingredients that are not advised for any skin types. Instead, look for face soap if you want to use soap as a cleanser. Good for oily skin and combination skin.
- No-Rinse cleanser: Most of these are soap-free and come in many forms, cream, foams type of cleanser. They're usually useful if you are travelling or in a hurry since you do not have to rinse your skin (one less step in your skin care routine!). Ideal for dry skin, sensitive skin and acne-prone skin.
- Powder cleanser: Good if you would like to control the texture or your face cleanser. Good for makeup removal and deep face cleanser.
What is a gentle cleanser?
Since cleansers for face are such an important tools in your skin care library, it is important to look for gentle cleansers. Why gentle? Because the goal is to clean your skin, not making it more sensitive by using needless ingredients for your skin like alcohol or fragrances.
Remember, the goal is to remove impurities, get rid of the makeup, and do the groundwork for your skincare routine.
So, in order to get a gentle skin, you need to use a gentle cleanser. What makes a cleanser gentle?
Usually, you will be looking for a milder surfactant. What is a surfactant? It is used to help the dirt (or grime as people call it) dissolve with water. Now since cleansing can damage your skin it is important to look the more gentle ingredient. Unfortunately, a lot of surfactants are not good for the skin.
Basically, your skin is like a brick wall with your skin cells held together by lipids (fatty acids, ceramides, and cholesterol). But the problem here is that surfactant can mess this up and cause your skin to become dry, itchy, and other types of irritations.
The wrong surfactant will remove proteins and other necessary components for your skin. Which will ultimately lead to dry and dehydrated skin.
These are the two harsh surfactants to avoid:
- The soapy types like sodium laurate, sodium tallowate.
- SLS aka Sodium Laury Sulfate.
You should be looking for these ingredients that clean without stripping your sensitive skin of necessary components of your face:
- Sodium cocoyl isethionate
- SLES (sodium laureth sulfate)
- Alkyl sulfosuccinates
- Alkyl sarcosinates
- Alkyl polyglycosides (APG)
Other tips for your skin (and face) feeling great and gentle
- Face wash quickly, the longer you stay the more time it will have to penetrate the skin and mess with the skin barrier.
- Use less facial cleanser: we recommend using a nut size portion.
- Use cold water: since warm water will favor the surfactant penetration too much.
- Cleanse less frequently: usually, it is recommended not to cleanse more than once a day.
- Fully rinse the skin: make sure you fully rinse your skin so that no surfactant is left on your face.
- Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize your face. Did I say moisturize?
Eblouir APG Gentle Cleanser
At Eblouir labs, we have particularly put attention to what is best for your face wash. Since cleanser are the most important part in your skin care routine and your skin feeling. We have decided to go for the APG surfactant, it is derived from glucose, it is great because it is biodegradable and safe for sensitive skin, dry skin types, without stripping the good elements of your skin.
You can find our APG Glucoside in our online store (we are offering great deals at the moment).