Knowing how to cleanse can be difficult at times
Are you confused about cleansing? From sonic brushes and foaming gels to exfoliating powders and cleansing oils, the number of products available can be baffling.
Good cleansing has the power to transform skin, removing make-up, pollutants and impurities.
It also allows the skin to breathe while hydrating and soothing skin cells. Finding the right cleansing routine can lead to a brighter, clearer and more youthful complexion.
Good cleansing has the power to transform skin
Using the right cleanser will also prepare the skin, helping products to penetrate more deeply for maximum effectiveness.
A recent study by Lancome revealed that women who cleansed their skin properly saw results from an anti-ageing product twice as quickly as those who didn’t. And a study by Olay found that 30 per cent more moisturiser was absorbed into well-cleansed skin.
Read our ultimate guide to cleansing properly below.
The most common mistake is using a product that is too harsh
Which Cleanser is for you?
The most common mistake is using a product that is too harsh. Choose a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the natural oils but will remove impurities without stressing or irritating, leaving the complexion refined and balanced.
Avoid cleansers that contain fragrance or parabens as these can be highly irritating to skin. Avoid using a bar of soap as the chances are it will be too alkaline for facial skin.
Wipes are handy when you’re on the go or as a first step to remove make-up but they should never replace a proper cleanser. The right formula depends on your skin type and personal preference.
Wipes should never replace a proper cleanser
• OILY SKIN
Look for a gentle cleanser that will remove oil without stripping the skin as using a harsh cleanser can stimulate more oil production.
Try a gel or foaming cleanser such as Jan Marini Bioglycolic Cleanser, £25.60 (effortlessskin. com).
This soap-free formula contains glycolic acid to exfoliate and sorbitol, a natural humectant derived from berries to keep skin hydrated and smooth.
• DRY SKIN
It is best to opt for a gentle cleanser without chemicals, perfumes or colours. Try a non-foaming oil or cream cleanser such as Stemcellutions HSS Hydro Cleanser, £32 (harleystreetskincare. co.uk), from our skincare range.
It is free from harsh ingredients and does not dry or strip the skin. It is also excellent for removing make-up and contains stem cells to stimulate skin repair.
For dry skin it is best to opt for a gentle cleanser without chemicals, perfumes or colours
• SENSITIVE SKIN
If you have skin that reacts or flares up easily, it’s best to choose a fragrance-free gentle cleansing milk or micellar water. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water, £10.50 (boots.com) contains no harsh chemicals or detergents to irritate and inflame skin.
Instead, microscopic oil spheres remove make-up and grime so gently that even the most sensitive complexions are left feeling clean and hydrated.
• ON A BUDGET
There is no need to spend a fortune on a good cleanser. There are plenty of products that cleanse without drying skin and they won’t break the bank. Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser, £3.29 (boots.com) is a beauty classic that has stood the test of time.
It contains a blend of ingredients that soften the skin as it cleanses so the complexion feels smooth and nourished.
• MATURE SKIN
If you have ageing or mature skin, look for a cleanser with nourishing oils and other anti-ageing ingredients that can give your complexion the care it needs. Janjira Pomegranate & Acai Cleanser, £16 (janjira.co.uk) is packed with wrinkle-fighting antioxidants and has a rich, creamy texture that soothes the skin.
ONE CLEANSE OR TWO?
Double cleansing – one to remove make-up and one to cleanse your skin – has become popular but it’s not essential for everyone. How much you cleanse depends on your lifestyle and what you put on your skin. If you are at home, not wearing much make-up or live in the countryside away from pollution, a single cleanse morning and evening is fine.
If you wear heavy make-up, live in a city or commute then a double cleanse is worth doing as the first gets rids of make-up and product build-up while the second deep cleanses and nourishes.
Never cleanse more than twice a day or you risk stripping protective oils. Over-cleansing can lead to irritation, dryness and breakouts.
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