One of the reasons we created Skin Allies was to help people like you better understand what was out there when it comes to skin care products. We know that it can be hard to tell the difference between cleansers, moisturizers, serums, etc. and we're here to help!
Up first in our Skin Care 101 is the cleanser. We know cleansing our skin is import but what exactly is a cleanser and how should it be used?
What is a cleanser?
In simplest terms, a cleanser is meant to help clean your skin. It is a skin care product meant to help remove makeup, sweat. dead skin cells, dirt, excess oil, and other pollutants from your face and are meant to help prevent clogged pores. Cleansers come in a variety of types (gel, cream, etc.) and should be selected as part of a total skin care regimen that is tailored to your particular skin concerns. Choosing the wrong type of cleanser can actually exacerbate your skin issues!
How is a cleanser different than a face wash?
One of the biggest questions when it comes to cleansers is how is this different than soap or face wash? And should I be using both? The main difference between a cleanser and face wash is that a cleanser is a more gentle product. It can be used to daily to remove makeup and dirt and is typically more hydrating than a face wash. A face wash is meant to help remove excess oil from your skin and should be used more sporadically to avoid drying out your skin or removing the natural oil that is important to your skin's natural biome.
You can use a cleanser and face wash together but we recommend making sure that each product is tailored to your particular skin type. It's important to choose products that are specifically balanced for your skin type and your needs to ensure that you make the most of your regimen. Not sure where to start? Try our personalized skin evaluation for a few recommendations.
Types of facial cleansers
What is double cleansing?
You may also hear talk of double cleansing and we know that can be confusing as well but don't worry, we're here to help. Double cleansing is just what it sounds like. You start by cleansing your skin with an oil-based cleanser or micellar cleanser to cleanse your skin of the day's build-up, whatever that may be. Once you've removed those impurities, you finish with a nice lathering cleanser to deeply clean your face. Double cleansing is especially beneficial if you wear foundational makeup and to give your face a nice clean canvas for the other skin care products you use after cleansing!
We hope this primer on cleansers has answered some of your questions but if you're still confused, feel free to drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org - we're here to help! And don't forget to check out our personalized skin evaluation to get recommendations tailored to your particular skin needs. Everyone deserves a customized skin regimen!