Cleansing Can Be Enough to Change Your Skin
Skin concerns can range between everything from constant redness, acne that just never seems to go away to pilling and separating makeup on dry flaky skin. Even though you desperately hope that the best selling moisturizer and serums would magically fix all these problems, the result unfortunately seems to be temporary. If changing your daily make up and skincare products has no effect on improving you skin’s conditions, maybe its important to take a look at your cleansers and you how use them.
The fundamental answer to having great skin heavily relies on proper cleansing. For example, if you have a habit of rushing through your cleansing routine after a long day, the leftover makeup residue, sebum and dust that wasn’t properly cleaned can easily lead to acne and other troubles on the skin. On the other hand, over-cleansing too frequently with extra force can lead to destroying the skin barrier and the natural pH balance of the epidermis, which can lead to extra sensitive skin that is more prone to redness and dryness.
Therefore if you want healthy and well-balanced skin, it is crucial to think about cleansing on a fundamental level. Simply choosing the right cleansing product and methods can be enough to greatly improve any skin concerns.
Which Cleanser Should You Choose?
1. Cleansing Foam
- All skin type
- Water-based product that creates bubbles
- Low acidity that is less harsh on the skin
- Enough to cleanse water-based product, would need double cleansing for waterproof products
2. Cleansing Gel
- Oily, acne and sensitive skin
- Completely oil free
- Little to no stimulation or irritation, calming effect
1. Cleansing Water
- Oily, sensitive skin, light makeup
- Liquid product (surfactant cleanser+small about of ethanol)
- Light and fresh feeling with no stickiness
- Double cleansing is recommended
2. Cleansing Milk
- Dry, sensitive and mature skin
- An emulsion of oil and water based cleansers (more water content compared to cleansing creams)
- Moisturizing effect, light, minimal irritation
- Double cleansing not necessary as it is easily water-soluble
3. Cleansing Cream
- Mature skin, heavy makeup
- Oil based product
- Highly nutritious to the skin, effective cleansing power
- Double cleansing recommended as the oil can leave stickiness
4. Cleansing Oil
- Dry skin, heavy makeup
- Blend of hydrophilic oils that makes it easy to cleanse with water
- Breaks down the makeup and dirt inside the pores
- Leaves the skin feeling soft and supple with no tightness
- Emulsification process makes double cleansing not necessary
Cleansing Milk and Oil, Are They Suitable for Oily or Acne Skin As Well?
To answer the question, yes, even oily skin can still benefit from cleansing milk and/or oil type cleansers. Most cleansing milk and oil products in the market are created with a formula with a very well-balanced ratio of water and oil, and this means that even the oiliest skin can expect to have great cleansing results as the two parts would work together with the natural oils on the skin. It can also help to balance out the moisture/sebum levels and the pH levels, minimize any irritations or stimulation while getting rid of excess sebum production and filling the skin with moisture instead. These cleansers are also very effective in taking care of white/blackheads as well.
In order to achieve maximum effect, the cleansing oil or milk should be applied on dry skin, and gradually add water until the oil turns opaque and the milk turns transparent. Then slowly and gently rub the product on to the skin and wash off with warm water (Depending on the brand, some product doesn’t require any extra water for the emulsification process).
During the process, it’s even better to focus on areas where there are usually more sebum production such as the forehead, sides of the nose and chin. Often times it may seem like oil cleansers are not completely rinsed as it leaves the skin with a slight tackiness or even a shine, especially compared to cleansing foams that leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean, however this is completely normal as it just means that there are small amounts of water and oil that helps to lock in the moisture.
Good thing about these kinds of cleansers is that they don’t require any secondary or double cleansing. However if it is used on highly inflamed acne skin, the act of rubbing with a lot of force itself can lead to more damage on to the skin and even leave cleanser residue behind, so it is especially important to pay extra attention to the emulsifying process and follow up with a gentle double cleanse using a cleansing foam or gel if needed.