How to pick the right cleanser for your skin type

How to pick the right cleanser for your skin type

You’ve probably heard plenty of times by now that cleansing your face is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine. But with so many different types of cleansers on the market nowadays, from balms and gels to creams and lotions, it can be tricky to know which one is right for you.

Luckily, we’re here to help. This handy guide will explain exactly how to identify your skin type and explain which cleansing method you should be using…

Oily skin

Characterised by:

  • Excessively shiny skin
  • Visible pores
  • Tendency to develop blackheads and blemishes

Cleanser: A gentle gel formula that rinses off easily with water will leave oily skin feeling fresh and healthy. Avoid anything too drying, though, as stripping your complexion of all of its natural oils can actually cause the skin to produce more of them as a result.

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Dry skin

Characterised by:

  • Skin feeling tight, especially after cleansing
  • Rough, flaky or itchy skin
  • Skin appearing ‘crepey’, with fine lines more noticeable

Cleanser: If you have dry skin, look for a cleanser that’s rich in nourishing ingredients like glycerin, squalane and natural oils. Cleansing balms and oils are great for removing makeup, while a creamy rinse-off formula would suit a morning or second cleanse. Avoid anything foaming as these formulas tend to contain astringents, which can be drying.

Combination skin

Characterised by:

  • Shiny T-zone
  • Normal or dry cheeks
  • Occasional breakouts, typically in the T-zone

Cleanser: People with combination skin may need to keep a couple of different cleansers in their bathroom cabinet and switch between them depending on how their skin feels each day. Generally speaking, hyaluronic acid is a good ingredient to look out for as it will hydrate skin without overloading it, while a cleanser containing salicylic acid will keep breakouts at bay.

Sensitive skin

Characterised by:

  • Redness
  • Rough, dry or bumpy skin
  • Irritation or a tingling sensation, especially after using certain skincare products

Cleanser: Pick one that’s as simple as possible, with no fragrance or active ingredients. Look for skin barrier-repairing ceramides, or soothing natural ingredients like oat or aloe vera. Pick creams and milky lotions over foaming gels and micellar waters.