How to Choose Your Cleanser
Scrubby or creamy? Solid or liquid? Astringent or moisturizing? Choosing a facial cleanser can arouse an endless string of questions, and it’s not always easy deciding which one is best for you. The first step is to figure out your skin’s needs and consider which products will fulfill them. Review the following statements and choose your cleanser based on the tips you discover!
The statement that best describes my current routine is:
A) My skin always feels unclean, so I wash as often as possible
B) I wash my face every morning and every night to remove make up
C) I tend to avoid ‘soaps’ when cleansing my dry or mature skin
After I wash my face, it feels:
A) Not clean enough! My skin still feels oily
B) Covered in residue
C) Dry and tight, as if my skin is too small for my face
My biggest skin care concern is:
A)Blemishes or excess oil
B) Oily T-zone or uneven skin tone
C) Dryness or dullness
A cleanser with absorbent ingredients like kaolin and calamine will work best for your oily or combination skin. Using antibacterial essential oils like tea tree and thyme will help with blemishes and uneven skin tone.
Exfoliation is important for pores that clog easily, or for those who experience the infamous “oily T-zone”. Using a cleanser with an exfoliating ingredient, like charcoal, sea salt or sugar. Astringent citrus juices will help mop up excess moisture, too.
Your dry, sensitive or mature skin needs a little extra TLC. Stay away from foaming cleansers, as they tend to dry the skin out further. Lavender is an important ingredient for soothing redness, and honey, beeswax and aloe vera provide necessary moisture.