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A cleanser is not a cleanser is not a cleanser.
Are you a foam kind of girl or is a classic liquid wash the way to go?. Does a froth get your juices going or is a creamy blend the only thing for you? More recent trends include beauty waters and micellar washes. There are those among us who still swear by their bar of soap and others who like to do double duty; exfoliate in the AM in the shower and switch to a soothing lotion before bed.
Cult classics like Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser have been deemed the universal skin cleanser for all skin types by many uber derms, but it’s not the only option. You can find face cleansing formulas for all skin types, to get rid of the daily grime that sinks into your pores, and also manages a wide range of skin problems like acne, oily shine, redness and dryness.
Typically cleansers tend to be the least pricey product in a skin care range, but with the major focus on skin cleansing and conditioning, that’s not always true anymore. Then there is the plethora of cleansing cloths, sponges, and technologies to navigate…
So, we did the work for you. Read on and get cleansed.
PROBLEM – Removing all traces of makeup
Getting off your face makeup is pretty straightforward, but makeup, brows, eyes and lips, can be more challenging, especially with the new matte formulas, waterproof and stay put liners, brow enhancers and lip pencils that don’t come off til you take them off.
Neutrogena Makeup Wipes is a cult classic because it does double duty – removes grime, dirt, excess oil, plus eye makeup, foundation, creams and even smudged mascara. Keep by your nightstand so you don’t forget to take it all off before you hit the pillow. I stock up on these beauties in multiples on Amazon and keep one in all my suitcases for when I travel. For $8 bucks, you can’t go wrong.
PROBLEM – De-greasing oily, breakout-prone skin
Acne-prone skin needs a cleansing system that gets the job done to reduce surface oil and stop pimples in their tracks. Sloughing dead skin cells away is the secret to avoid particles and dirt sinking into your pores where they get clogged and breed infection.
ZO Skin Health Dual Action Scrub attacks oil, debris and bacteria for smoother, clear and polished skin. Perfect to use in the shower daily for oily skin, or weekly for normal skin. Also try their best selling ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads Acne Treatment for squeaky clean skin every day.
PROBLEM – Keeping redness under control
Watch out for products that have alcohol, plus potent percentages of alpha-hydroxy acids and antibacterial ingredients that can actually exacerbate redness if you rub too vigorously.
Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream is a creamy and gentle cleanser that also exfoliates without irritation to leave skin clean and smooth.
PROBLEM – Itchy, tight and dry
Avoid irritants and heavy fragrances, and seek out calming ingredients like aloe plus and aggressive retinol or acid based formulations. Also watch out for scrubby formulas that contain particles with sharp or rough edges that can scratch delicate skin.
TULA Kefir Replenshing Cleansing Oil is a light silky kefir-based formula that helps to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier so skin stays supple and well hydrated.
PROBLEM – Post procedure skin
After a laser or peel treatments, skin needs extra TLC, and a high SPF to avoid any possible sun exposure when skin is compromised.
Alastin Gentle Cleanser is a sulfate-free, soothing formula that is mild enough to use after injections, peels, and lasers, but only with your doctor’s permission of course. Follow with Alastin Hydratint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF36 that has a subtle tint that works for all/most skin types to protect delicate skin from UV radiation during the day and in front of your Macbook screen.
PROBLEM – ISO High tech deep clean
Getting everything off takes a village, especially if you live in an urban center where soot penetrates the air.
Makeup Eraser is a super soft velvety cloth that helps to get rid of everything you put on your face after a long day. Get it in black which wears well, but it also comes in hot pink that is easier to find.
For facial cleansing, we love the FOREO Luna Mini-2 T-Sonic™ face brush which targets 3 facial zones, with 8 adjustable intensities and comes in 6 colors for a totally customizable cleansing experience, and is kind of adorable in a Pac-man sort of way.
NOTE: Alastin and ZO Skin Health products were provided, all other products were sampled or purchased. Opinions are my own.