How To Choose The Right Cleanser For Your Skin
It’s not about getting the squeaky clean feeling after washing. Photo: 123RF

The ideal cleanser should clean your skin without making it feel taut or dry. Choose one that is suitable for your skin type so it doesn’t strip the skin’s natural moisture.

If you have dry skin…

Use milk or cream cleansers as they are more emollient and contains moisturising ingredients. Avoid foaming face washes as they tend to irritate dry skin. Ingredients like ceramide, hyaluronic acid and glycerin helps repair skin’s natural barrier and retain moisture.

If you have normal/combination skin…

It’s annoying if you have oily skin on your T-zone but dry skin on your cheeks, but you don’t have to use two different cleansers. Opt for a gel-based cleanser that is effective at washing away dirt and sebum, but doesn’t dehydrate skin.

If you have oily skin…

Use a cleanser that deep cleanses to remove impurities from your skin. Oily skin tends to break out easily as sebum presents ideal conditions for pimple-causing bacteria to clog pores and cause infections. Cleansers containing kaolin clay regulates oil and gently exfoliate away dead skin cells — perfect for oily skin.

If you have sensitive skin…

You’d want to be careful with the ingredients that are present in your cleanser. Steer clear of skin irritants like essential oils and heavily scented products, and go for cleansers with a gentle formula. Ingredients like cucumber and aloe vera calm skin down, so look out for them if your skin is prone to redness.


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