Cleansing the skin on a daily basis is necessary to maintain the health of our skin. There are various facial cleansers for every skin type, from anti-aging to treating acne prone skin.
However with so much information available it can get a bit confusing. The questions are if we should be consecutively cleansing our skin as some experts’ claim, or if we should stick to the same cleanser regardless of the ever changing needs of our skin. Another interesting piece of information we’ve come across is that it’s best to not cleanse our skin in the mornings.
Our findings are that it’s okay to consecutively cleanse the skin, providing we don’t dry it out by using cleansers with harsh ingredients. Another school of thought is that it’s okay to have more than once cleanser in our rotations, our skin changes due to climate change, travel and the temperature of the water we use, not to mention our hormones and age.
When it comes to skipping cleansing our skin in the mornings, we firmly believe that the only time you should do that is before a workout, splashing your skin with water is enough; you can use a purifying cleanser afterwards to ward off adult acne caused by sweat and excess sebum.
Cleansing the skin is essential as it prepares the skin for further treatment, whether you’re maintaining already healthy skin or correcting the signs of premature aging skin.
However this is not enough information, we needed answers and went to Rebecca Kazin, MD, of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology, read further to find out what the best cleansers are for your skin type.
Anita Rivas: Can you recommend cleaners for dry skin, oily skin and combination skin?
Dr. Rebecca Kazin, MD: For dry skin, you should use a non-foaming cleanser because foaming options have agents that dry the skin.
For oily skin, you want a foaming cleanser to dry out some of the oil. A cleanser with glycolic or salicylic acid can help reduce oil production and remove excess oil.
Most people have combination skin. You can go one of two ways – use two different cleansers (foaming on you oily T-zone and non-foaming on your cheeks) or use a dry skin cleanser all over the face and then use a pad with salicylic acid to spot treat oily areas.
AR: Why is cleansing the skin important?
Dr. RK: You want to wash off the oils, makeup and pollutants from the day to prevent clogged pores and blemishes.
We also searched high-and-low for the top cleansers for all skin types.
The Top Cleansers for all skin types:
Deep Pore Cleansing Foam by Laneige – a gentle and deep foaming cleanser formulated with Antioxidants, Melia Azadirachta and Moroccan Clay. Pores are unclogged; skin is left clean & clear and healthy. Laneige has various cleansers suitable for all skin types. $22
The Deep Pore Cleanser by ClarityMD– A gentle yet powerful cleanser that melts away dirt, impurities, makeup, dead surface skin and excess oils. It’s gentle for daily use and powerful enough to heal existing acne and prevent new acne from forming. This is one of the best purifying cleansers available today; it literally helps change the condition of your skin.
NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash– A potent cleanser, formulated with 18% Glycolic Acid and 2% Lactobionic Acid to gently exfoliate, unclog congested pores, and stimulate cell renewal while preparing the skin for optimal benefits of the regimen to follow. $40
Multi Cleanser by Laneige – One of my favorite cleansers, it’s a multi-action cleanser that behaves like makeup a remover and an exfoliator rolled into one. This luxurious cleanser is infused with papaya, revealing brighter and fresher feeling skin with every wash. $22
Ceramic Slip Cleanser by Sunday Riley – A cleanser that can be found behind the scenes of our favorite fashion shows, and in the hands of some of our favorite celebrities. The lather is rich and frothy, skin is left purified and flawless while pores are minimized and collagen production is enhanced. $45
Remember that it’s encouraged to have a variety of cleansers, after all our skin is ever changing.
Here’s to happy glowing skin!