Product Recommendations: Cleansers
Product Recommendations for Cleansers |
Here is a list of facial cleansers organized by the type of cleanser. It is broken down into product recommendations for bar soaps, foaming cleansers, non-foaming cleansers, cleansing balms, micellar cleansers, and cleansing oils. With the below chart, you can also see which type of cleanser is best for which skin type, pros and cons of using the particular type of cleanser, and both expensive and cheap product recommendations.
|Bar Soap||Oily, tough skin||PROS:
Cleans too thoroughly; Can be overly drying and irritating
(Cream or Gel)
Cleans thoroughly; Lasts a long time; Feels good while washing because of all the bubbles
Can be too drying; May not remove makeup well
(Cetaphil- type cleansers or lotions)
Gentle; Light; Good as morning cleaners or cleansers for days you don’t wear makeup and/or sunscreen
Doesn’t remove makeup and/or sunscreen well; May leave a film
(Cream or Oil)
|All skin types||PROS:
Not stripping; Removes makeup, sunscreen, and waterproof products well
Feels oily or greasy; Leaves a film; May make oily skin oilier
|All skin types, esp. dry and sensitive||PROS:
Cleans without using water; Very gentle; Does not strip skin; Removes makeup and sunscreen
Have to use a lot of product to remove makeup and/or sunscreen; Tissuing off can be irritating for some people; Feels weird to not wash face with water; May leave a film
|Cleansing Oils||All skin types||PROS:
Removes makeup, sunscreen, and other waterproof items; Rinses off with water; Helps improve complexion because of "likes dissolve likes"
May be drying; May cause breakouts; Must apply on dry skin with dry hands; Can make eyes cloudy if you get some into your eyes; Cheap in Asia (found easily in drugstores), harder to find in the US
Finding your holy grail cleanser may take some trial-and-error. But whatever you do, make sure your cleanser does not over-dry or over-strip your skin!
This is a growing list of cleanser recommendations and will be continually updated when there are new products. Please check back often!
Last updated: February 27, 2011