Chapter 39: How to Choose the Right Facial Cleanser for Your Skin Type

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Cleansing is the first and most important step of your everyday skin care routine as that’s when you get rid of any impurities lingering around your skin. While all facial cleansers are formulated to remove makeup and dirt, not every cleanser works the same for every skin type. To avoid unwanted irritations or breakouts, it’s important that you pick the right facial cleanser for your skin type.

Not sure what your skin type is? Go back to Chapter 13 for the full breakdown. Once you have that sorted out, here’s a guide on choosing the most ideal facial cleanser for dry, combination, oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin: 

What to look for: a cleanser with a creamy texture

Dry skin is prone to tightness, dry patches or even redness, so when picking a facial cleanser, go for one that is cream-based to give your skin much needed moisture. Try to avoid foaming cleansers or cleansing soaps as they can be harsh on your skin and tend to strip away your skin’s moisture, leaving you with even drier skin.

AROMATICA’s Rose Absolute Cream Cleanser is non-drying so it’s perfect for dry skin. It has a creamy texture that doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry post-cleansing. It also gets rid of excess sebum, makeup and a day’s worth of dirt and grime without irritating your skin. 



What to look for: a gel cleanser

Be careful not to mistake combination skin for oily skin as combination skin is a mix of both dry and oily skin. The dry areas are usually around the cheeks while the oilier areas include the forehead, nose and chin.  If you have combination skin, look for a cleanser that a) gets rid of excess sebum especially in your T-zone area, and b) nourishes the dry areas of your face, which are usually the cheeks.

Combination skin will love LAGOM’s Cellup Gel To Water Cleanser’s dual texture. This cleanser gets rid of dirt and excess oil while maintaining the skin’s oil-water balance. The Cellup Gel to Water Cleanser is formulated with aqualica, which helps improve the skin’s moisture-retaining ability.


What to look for: a light, foaming cleanser

If you have acne-prone skin, chances are your skin is on the oilier side, so to help tame your breakouts, a foaming cleanser that feels light on the skin is ideal. Focus on keeping your pores free of dirt as clogged pores lead to dead skin cells being trapped in your skin, resulting in blackheads, whiteheads and breakouts. Try the Pore Fresh Mild Acid Gel Cleanser from Mizon to deeply clean your pores and help get rid of excess sebum that can cause acne. 



What to look for: a soothing cleanser without harsh ingredients 

Sensitive skin is reaction-prone and can be further aggravated by external stressors, so it’s crucial to incorporate skin care products into your routine that are gentle. Pick a cleanser that contains natural ingredients and is fragrance-free in order to reduce the chances of your skin reacting.

Featuring natural ingredients including fig, pomegranate, aloe vera leaf and cnidium officinale root extracts, THANK YOU FARMER’s Back To Pure Daily Foaming Gel Cleanser works great for sensitive skin. This cleanser starts off with a gel texture and turns into a rich foam that gently cleanses the skin and doesn’t disturb your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Use it both day and night to ensure zero skin irritations. 

Once you find the perfect facial cleanser for your skin type, curating the rest of your skin care routine will be a breeze. Need some recommendations for your regimen?

Check out these skin care routines on Beauty Book:

For oily skin: Chapter 5

For dry skin: Chapter 6

For sensitive skin: Chapter 31

For acne-prone skin: Chapter 34


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