Skin's Guide to Cleansing

Cleansing your skin is essential to remove the daily build-up of dirt, oil and pollution. It puts your skin on the right path to maintain it’s health, as well as allowing your other products in your routine to do their job effectively. However, it is key to find the right cleanser for your skin, and with so many options on the market this can be a daunting task. The first step is to pinpoint your skin type, and research the best product that will work in sync with your skin as well as improve your skin troubles.

Sensitive or Dry Skin – If you have sensitive skin you’ll need a cleanser free from heavy fragrances and additives. Avoid cleansers with a high alcohol content if you have dry skin. Gentle, creamy cleansers work best for these skin types, with ingredients like Cucumber or Aloe Vera that have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Glycerine is great for sensitive skin as it is both gentle and moisturising.

Combination – If your skin has oily and dry patches, you need a cleanser that will not over moisturise but still be hydrating. Try and source a pH balanced product that contains ingredients like Green Tea Extract and Sandalwood Oil as these should not be overly oily or drying and can prevent acne.

Foaming cleansers can be drying, which may lead to surplus sebum production as skin tries to overcompensate for it’s loss of oils, causing acne.

Oily Skin – Cleansers for oily skin tend to be a gel texture, and ideally need to have a lower pH level. Ingredients such as Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree are great for cleaning out the skin and minimising oil levels and shine.

Anti Ageing – Collagen enriched cleansers are best for preventing and eliminating the signs of ageing. They need to be nourishing and hydrating as this slows wrinkles from forming. Look for ingredients like Vitamin E and Rose. You should see visible results when using your chosen product regularly, such as a brighter and smoother complexion. If your cleanser leaves your skin feeling dry or is causing breakouts, you need to try a cleanser that is more suited to your skin type.