You want your facial skin to look radiant and feel great, correct?! I’m convinced that most of you do, so choosing an effective facial cleanser for your particular skin is indispensable. The abundance of facial cleansers, cleansing gels, facial soaps, cleansing lotions, and cleansing creams can be so darn confusing, I know! However, finally attaining the “ONE” or “TWO” that is/are just right for your skin, is the foundation of successful skin care. Keep searching, if you haven’t found it or them yet, because once you find it/them, you will be forever grateful!
First things first! Know your skin type.
Oily Skin: feels slick all over, is often shiny, can be prone to break-outs and acne, and has evident, larger pores.
Combination Skin: is oily in some areas, such as the T-Zone, dry in other areas, can be prone to break-outs, and may have evident and larger pores in oilier areas.
Normal Skin: balanced skin, which is neither oily nor dry, normal to small pore size.
Dry Skin: often feels tight, especially after washing it, lacks moisture, can have flaky patches, can be sensitive, and has small pore size.
Dehydrated Skin: could feel oily on the surface but tight and dry underneath, can have some dry and flaky patches, pore size may vary, but generally small to normal. Dehydrated skin lacks moisture, even if it is oily or combination.
Once you know your skin type, you’re not out of the woods yet, in finding the right cleanser for you, but at least you can start looking towards a more accurate path. In any case, what it comes down to, is that you will probably have to depend on yourself to make certain that you are receiving the facial cleansing product that is best for your facial skin.
Soap versus Cleanser, you Decide!
For some skins, there’s no harm in using soap and water as its daily cleanser, given one, two, or all three of these aspects:
1. One has oily to normal skin:Soap, can be extremely drying to some skins, especially dry and dehydrated skins as it can wash away the skin’s natural oils and lipids, which act as a protector to the skin’s surface. Oily to normal skins can easily make up the oil and lipid shortage that soap has stripped away. Dry and dehydrated skin, on the other hand, takes more time to restock its oils and lipids that were stripped away, and usually not enough are restored for the next soap cleansing.
2. One doesn’t wear make-up or wears very little make-up: Soap just isn’t that grand of a make-up remover. Unlike, some liquid or other cosmetic cleansers, soap does not have enough oils, de-greasers, and/or effective detergents to dissolve make-up, properly.
3. One lives in a region where the water is not hard, and is rather soft to medium: Skin has a pH level of about 5.5, which makes it logically acidic. Most soaps, on the other hand, have a pH level of 8, which makes soap alkaline. Now, if you have hard water, mix it with soap (alkaline), and wash your face with it, rinsing soap off may be a thorny chore, as it will not dissolve well, and can often leave a film or scum residue on the skin. While this film remains on the skin, it most certainly can upset the skin’s natural harmony and continue to strip the skin of its natural oils and lipids.
As most of us know, not all facial cleansers are created equal. However, they are formulated with the firm purpose to cleanse and dissolve make-up well, unlike some soaps.
Not all cleansers will meet the effective cleansing and make-up removal standards, with its purpose being primarily that, and this is one of the reasons the search goes on for many. Yes, finding the supreme cleanser for one’s skin to actually cleanse and remove make-up well, doesn’t habitually come handed on a silver platter for many.
On top of it having to cleanse and remove make-up like a dream, it should do so gently, without stripping the skin of its natural oils and lipids, leaving the skin with a comfortable, an overall feeling of well-being, if you will.
And on top of all that, EVEN, it shouldn’t clog pores and break one’s skin out.
It is the finest of all harmonizing acts that can signify the discrepancy between break-outs, problematic, and/or dehydrated skin OR superbly clear, content, and great looking skin.
Knowing this is it!
As long as your cleansing product of choice cleanses your skin competently, keeps your facial skin clear and happy afterwards, and you enjoy using it and adore what it is doing for your skin, you have without a doubt gotten a hold of the right one! Lucky you!