Foaming. Mousse. Cream. Oil. Balm. Water. Jelly. Milk. Did I miss any?
The variety available these days is mind-boggling!
But, I have to know. What’s your favourite type of cleanser?
When I was first introduced to using proper skincare by my Mom, I was given a tube of foaming cleanser. Back in the day, everyone used foaming cleanser. Come to think of it, these days, everyone will use or will have used a foaming cleanser at some point. I challenge you to tell me otherwise! 😀
As I left home and started buying my own skincare, I stuck with the tried and true. Hello. Foaming cleansers were awesome! That squeaky clean feeling of skin after a long grimy day at college. Ahh….
These days, I run screaming at the sight of a tube of foaming cleanser LOL! 😀 In fact, I’d suggest you do too 😛
These days, my favourite types of facial cleansers are cream cleansers and cleansing balms.
You see, the thing about foaming cleansers, and that squeaky-clean feeling it leaves our skin, in fact mean that our skin is being stripped of its oils. And as much as we dislike the idea of oil on our skin, that oil is what keeps our skin protected from dehydration. The more you use a foaming cleanser, the more your skin gets stripped, and eventually, the more dehydrated your skin becomes.
Then, you find yourself spending more to rehydrate your skin and wonder why you’re discovering new lines and wrinkles where you shouldn’t. If I could go back to my 20 year old self, I’d pick up that tube of foaming cleanser and smack me over the head with it, before tossing it out the door 😛 Mom might have smacked me back for wasting money though LOL!
Cream cleansers on the other hand, are far more gentle, even if they don’t feel half as clean. I think we’re just conditioned to the idea that anything clean has to squeak. Case in point, dishes 😛
But a cream cleanser, used properly, nourishes the skin, cleanses it without stripping it of its oils, and importantly, doesn’t cause the skin to dehydrate. Also, despite popular perception, every skin type can use a cream cleanser – you just have to find the right texture for your skintype. If you have oily skin, pick something with a lighter texture. If you have drier skin, pick something more creamy.
The trick with ALL cleansers is this – MASSAGE.
Whatever cleanser you use, do not, for the love of all that’s clean, slap it on and then just rinse it off, thinking that you’re doing your skin a favour. You aren’t.
Cleansing your skin is the first step towards a good skincare routine. It is not a precursor to the good stuff. This IS the good stuff. A long time ago, when I was younger and more foolish, I boldly stated right here on this blog o’mine that I would save money on a facial cleanser, because you rinse it off and it doesn’t do much to your skin, so use something cheap. Oh foolish me! 😛
While I am all for finding an affordable cleanser, I no longer subscribe to this theory, because after a lot of experimenting, I’ve found that a good cleanser, that may cost a pretty penny, can be very beneficial for your skin. It is the first step of your skincare routine after all, and there’s no reason why you should treat it like a stepchild.
So, take your time, and massage the product into your skin, whatever cleansers you decide to use. This is where cream cleansers shine, because the creamy texture offers a lovely cushion between your fingers and your skin, and allows you to carry out a gentle facial massage. This act of massaging the cleanser into the skin helps the cleanser “lift” the dirt and oils off your skin, so when you wipe it off, or rinse it off, that’s what makes your skin clean. Not the soap suds.
For now, I use a mix of different types of cleansers in a day
- Cream cleanser in the morning – I use a cream cleanser in the morning, because I like how it feels. I pick one that isn’t too heavy, and that rinses off easily because I can’t be arsed to go the whole facial cloth route in the morning. Besides, my skin isn’t that dirty anyway. I just like washing it in the morning 🙂
- Balm cleanser as first cleanse in the evening – In the evenings, after removing my makeup, I go with a cleansing balm as my first cleanse.
- Cream cleanser as second cleanse in the evening – My second cleanse in the evening has been in a bit of a flux in recent times. I do tend to use the SUM:37 stick cleanser a lot and while it is a foaming type cleanser, it isn’t stripping nor drying to my skin so I like that. It is also perfect for travel, and on days when I don’t wear makeup, I use it as my to-go cleanser. Otherwise, I go with a cream cleanser for my second cleanse, usually something heavier than what I use in the morning. Sometimes, I use a non-foaming cleanser. It depends on what I’m testing out at any given time.
Wait, where’s the cleansing oil, PB? I hear you ask. I after all, was a huge proponent of using cleansing oil and have tried so many different ones! Well, I no longer use cleansing oils for the simple reason, I find them far too stripping to the skin. I’ve spoken to a few people about this phenomenon, in fact, and it’s turned on the lightbulb for many, as to why their once-oily skin are now dry like the sahara. Cleansing oils, with their “deep cleansing” effects do that – dry you from inside out. I don’t deny however, that they are very useful products. I just don’t think they should be used daily. I’ve been there, done that, and have the dry skin to show for it 😛
Over the years, once I got in touch and in tune with my skin, I learned what works for it and what doesn’t. I’m not saying of course, that you should throw out your foaming cleansers and cleansing oils. If you would, that would be great. If you like using it, go ahead. But you will eventually outgrow it and it’s always nice then to know of what else is out there!
So you tell me: What are your favourite type of facial cleansers?
Don’t be afraid to say foaming cleanser. I might come and smack you upside the head, but I perfectly understand why foaming cleansers are oh-so-satisfying. Been there, done that! 😉