No matter what your skin type, the most important part of your skincare regimen is regular cleansing. Washing your face with the wrong type of cleanser can be damaging to your skin, however. So can being too rough with your skin. Choosing the right cleanser and applying it properly can help you minimize acne, boost hydration, and even avoid crows’ nests and wrinkles. Keep reading to learn about the four best facial cleansers we recommend as well as tips on how to wash your face without pulling at or damaging your skin.
TIPS FOR WASHING YOUR FACE
Being too rough with your skin can increase inflammation and even lead to wrinkles. When cleansing your face, always start with lukewarm water. Hot water is drying and inflammatory, so stick to water that is just comfortably warm or even a bit cool. Splash it all over your whole face, then use the pads of your fingers to apply your cleanser of choice. Don’t use a washcloth or anything abrasive; this is not good for your skin.
Work the cleanser into a good lather, being sure to wash the creases of your nose, up to your hairline, and your jawline. Avoid the area right around your eyes and your lips. Then use clean lukewarm water to rinse the cleanser off. Again, be sure that you have removed all traces from the sides of your face and your hairline. Pat it dry with a soft towel; don’t rub vigorously.
1. IS CLINICAL CLEANSING COMPLEX
If you have sensitive skin, we recommend iS Clinical Cleansing Complex. This is a lightweight gel that won’t irritate your skin and that easily rinses away. It cleans thoroughly without overdrying, which is essential in a cleanser for sensitive skin. It removes makeup easily and is good for those who are prone to acne.
You’ll like this cleanser because it minimizes the appearance of pores, leading to smoother-looking skin. Your face will be left smooth and soft, and it won’t feel tight or oily. Another benefit is that it works great as a shaving gel if you shave your face.
2. SENTE DAILY SOOTHING CLEANSER
Do you have dry skin or have you recently had a peel or another procedure done, leaving your skin a bit sensitive? If so, Sente Daily Soothing Cleanser might be the right product for you. It is strong enough to remove the dirt and debris of the day but also gentle enough to soothe dry or irritated skin.
It contains natural ingredients that not only provide hydration but also create a barrier on your skin to help it maintain that hydration level. This means that the benefits of using this cleanser last beyond the initial wash; it continues to work and keeps your skin feeling soft and supple throughout the day (or night).
3. EPIONCE GENTLE FOAMING CLEANSER
Those with normal or combination skin will like Epionce Gentle Foaming Cleanser. The gentle foam removes the dirt, debris, oil, and makeup that can cause blemishes and irritation, and it rinses away cleanly, leaving your skin nice and soft. The pH is optimal for normal skin. It won’t cause your skin to create too much oil and it also won’t leave it feeling dry or tight.
After washing, your skin will feel hydrated and smooth. It will be ready for the next steps in your skincare routine, whether that is an exfoliant, a serum, or moisturizer.
4. EPIONCE LYTIC CLEANSER
Those with oily skin will appreciate Epionce Lytic Cleanser. This formula dissolves that excess skin oil without stripping away the natural moisture of the skin. It won’t over-dry your skin or lead to irritation, and it can calm down inflammation and reduce the risk of acne breakouts. It can even reduce visible redness, making your skin look better right away.
WHAT TO DO AFTER WASHING
Once you’re done washing your face, you can go on to apply a toner, serums, a mask, moisturizer, and/or makeup as desired. Here are some ideas to consider, depending on your skin type:
Toner. For dry skin, you’ll want to use one that boosts hydration. Look for ones containing rosewater, vitamin E, aloe, or alpha-hydroxy acids. Those with oily skin might do well with a toner containing glycolic or salicylic acid. Aloe vera is good for oily skin, too, particularly if it is prone to acne or inflammation. Avoiding alcohol and witch hazel is the way to go for most skin types, as these ingredients can be overdrying.
Mask. Only use a mask one or two times per week. Those with dry skin will want to use a hydrating mask, such as those containing collagen, essential oils, vitamin E, or avocado. If you have oily skin, a mask with bentonite clay can help absorb some of the excess oil. There are also plenty of gel masks and peel-off masks that are good for various skin types. And if you have sensitive skin, look for a product formulated for that or choose natural inflammatories like aloe, yogurt, and oatmeal.
Moisturizer. Everyone should moisturize, even those with oily skin. Look for one containing ceramides or other ingredients that can help protect the skin throughout the day. If a lotion says non-comedogenic, it won’t clog your pores, which is a boon for those with oily skin. Be aware that in the winter months, you might need a heavier or creamier moisturizer than you do during the summer. As we head into spring, keep an eye on your skin; if it starts breaking out or looking oilier, it’s time to switch to a lighter moisturizer.
Choosing the right facial cleanser and other products that are right for your skin can be a matter of trial and error. Start off by picking one of high quality that is formulated for your specific skin type, then go from there. Talk to your skincare clinician to get more ideas for the right type of cleanser to make your skin look its best.