Choosing a Face Cleanser

Before you can determine which facial cleanser is best for your skin, you need to know what type of skin you have. Once you know what type of skin you have, you will then be able to address it with the most beneficial products to meet your skin’s requirements.

The five main categories of skin types include, sensitive, oily, dry, normal and combination. How do I determine which type of skin I have, you ask? It’s simple! The type of skin you have is determined by the amount of oil your skin produces.

In order to determine your skin type, wash your face and pat dry. Using pieces of tissue paper suitable for lens cleaning purposes or even rice paper, press the paper onto different areas of your face. If the paper sticks and becomes translucent, you have oily skin.

If the paper does not stick to any areas of your face then you have dry skin. If however, the paper sticks to your forehead, chin and nose, (the areas which make up your t-zone) and doesn’t stick to the other areas, it means that you have combination skin.

Once you determine the type of skin you have, you will then be able to find a daily skin cleanser that will meet your skin’s requirements. You must cleanse your face daily to remove impurities such as oil, dirt and bacteria. It is also very important to cleanse your face daily to maintain optimally healthy skin.

There are several facial cleansing products available on the market these days. However, the main ingredients that work for one person may not work as well for the next person. The most common way to cleanse the face are by using designated facial cleansers.

Of course there are a wide variety of facial cleansers available which sometimes makes it difficult to decide which one is the best one for you. First of all, there are the facial cleansing bars, unfortunately there are many reasons why bar soaps are generally not recommended for the neck up, one of them being that they could dry out your skin, causing it to become irritated and itchy.

Now, on to the cleansing creams, these are typically best for those with dry skin. Then comes the exfoliating scrubs, while exfoliation will lead to smoother skin, it actually removes layers of skin which then leads to wrinkles at an earlier age than if you haven’t used and exfoliating scrub.

Scrubbing can also lead to irritated skin, redness and even tiny wounds and scarring on the face.  Now let’s look at the skin cleansing tools. These tools were invented to achieve maximum facial cleansing results , they are intended for a deeper cleaner feeling than just cleansers alone.

There are many facial cleansing tools available and your dermatologist can help you decide which one is the best one for you to include in your facial cleansing ritual. One of the most widely used facial cleansing tools, are the facial cleansing cloths.

Facial cleansing cloths are disposable, open-cloths or sponge-like items which release a foaming facial cleanser upon becoming wet.  They are often safer to use if you need to wash your face frequently because of the extra emollients and humectants in these cloths which help protect against damage and also helps to smooth your skin.

The loose, open cloths are better recommended if you have sensitive skin. Compact, sponge-like cloths are recommended if you have oily skin. You should never use scalding hot or icy cold water to wash your face, doing so could result in broken capillaries. Lukewarm water will do just fine. Also, never go to bed with make-up on doing so will result in clogged pores.

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