When it comes to your daily beauty routine, washing your face would be the first step. However, before reaching out for any facial cleanser, remember that not all cleansers are meant for any skin type. As much as cleansing your face is very important, using the right products is equal as important in giving your body that radiant, blemish-free healthy skin.
A normal skin is neither too oily nor too dry. Normally, these skin types have few enlarged pores, aren’t too much affected by weather changes and stay radiant and healthy most of the time. Individuals with normal skin types need not to worry too much about the ingredients in different types of facial cleansers. They can use a wide variety of them. However, many dermatologists recommend simple and gentle cleansers containing hydroxyl acids, antioxidants, botanical anti-inflammatory agents, and retinol.
For dry skin, cleansers that are creamy, soothing and contain ingredients with moisturizing properties should work just fine. These facial cleansers create a barrier that holds in moisture, therefore, preventing dryness. Cleansers with glycerin and hyaluronic acid work well because they draw water to the skin’s surface. What’s more, alpha hydroxyl acids as an ingredient in facial cleansers help exfoliate dull skin while at the same time, allowing moisturizers absorb better. Oil-based cleansers containing cocoa butter, Shea butter, vitamin E and olive oil are a good choice for individuals with dry skin but not a good alternative for acne-prone skins. Avoid surfactant-cleansers that can dry the skin further by dissolving oily molecules.
Sensitive skins have broken mortar that allows moisture to get out and irritants to get in. This skin type gets irritated whenever products containing harsh ingredients are used. Dermatologists often recommend cleansers with mild ingredients and anti-inflammatory agents. Products containing alcohol, toners and scrubs rub the face too hard and should not be used by individuals with sensitive skin. Odor-free products work best because they do not cause irritation to the sensitive skin. Glycerin as an ingredient in a cleanser could additionally be the best for sensitive skins. They improve and protect the skin while at the same time build an even skin structure equally attracting the right amount of moisture to hydrate the skin.
Acne-prone skins, just like oily skins, are characterized by excessive sebum in the follicles on the face. This sebum carries dead skin cells and dirt to the skin surface clogging pores and causing zits. Facial cleansers containing 4% benzoyl peroxide are recommended for skins more prone to red pimples. Ensure that this product is listed lower in the ingredient list before opting for the same. Consider visiting your dermatologist depending on the severity of the acne as much as cleansers may help manage and treat them.
Dermaplaning treatment can be another good alternative to individuals with all skin types especially those with sensitive skins. Unfortunately, if you have a very oily skin or acne-prone skin, this could not be a recommended alternative for cleansing your skin. The dermaplaning treatment procedure is done by an experienced esthetician who’ll use a blade, held at a 45-degree angle to your face then small quick scrapes will be performed over the face targeted for the exfoliation procedure. This procedure usually takes place every 3-4weeks removing at least 2weeks worth of dead skin cells.
Knowing your skin type will help in choosing the right facial cleanser for your skin. Moreover, an esthetician will be able to help you identify the right facial cleanser whenever you visit a spa.