Which facial cleanser is right for you?

Spring is here and as the seasons change, so does our skin so what you were using to wash your face in peak Winter probably needs to change.

Same goes for when you were 18 and using that off the shelf cleanser. When you get older, your skin needs a little extra TLC so you must ensure what you’re using on your face is giving you the best results.

For so long I was using Cetaphil to wash my face. It did no harm, kept the pimples away and I just coasted along. Then I had a skin consultation and was told to start using something more targeted to my skin’s needs.

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I don’t use the same product all the time. I like to mix it up, depending on the season and what my skin needs. At the moment I’m using Skinstitut L-Lactic cleanser every night except when I use the Glycolic scrub twice a week.

So enough about me. Here’s what cleanser you should be using for your skin.

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Gel

This is more lightweight and best suited for use in Summer and Spring when the temperature is warmer and there’s more humidity in the air, rather than the cold air in Winter that tends to dry us out.

A gel cleanser will remove oil on the surface of your skin, giving a somewhat deep clean and leaves no residue so your skin feels clean, fresh and is moisturised.

Foam

It’ll lather up, removing excess oil from the skin and anything a little more stubborn like makeup. A foam can dry out the skin because it works hard to remove dirt and oil. It’s ideal for anyone with acne or blemish prone skin.

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Oil

An oil cleanser attracts other oils to keep skin balanced and prevent blocked pores, also keeping blemishes away. It’s nourishing as well and won’t strip your skin of the good stuff to keep it looking healthy and moisturised.

It’s pretty good at removing makeup and you can find out more about a cleansing oil here.

If you do use it to remove your makeup, follow it up with a second cleanse to make sure your skin is completely clean. Any lingering oil can prevent other skincare products penetrating and working as effectively as they should.

Milk

This one is also lightweight and gentle, ideal for those with normal to combination skin. It contains oil, which is a bonus, as you’ve just read, and can be used as a makeup remover.

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Cream

This one will lock in moisture and hydrate, so it’s ideal for people with dry skin and those who live in colder climates where harsh, cold winds can wreak havoc on the skin.

It removes excess oil and is gentle, not removing natural oils from the skin. You might feel like there’s a residue left on your skin after you cleanse but that’s just the moisturising ingredients hanging around to do their work.

Oil, milk and cream cleansers are best used in Winter.

Regardless of which one you choose, there are a couple of tips to get the most out of your face wash.

Rub the product in circular motions across your face for 30 seconds before rinsing to ensure an effective cleanse.

It’ll take about 30 days for you to notice any change after using a new face wash because that’s how long it takes for our skin cells to turn over.