What is a face wash and what it should always do regardless of skin type?
It is the one single step in skincare routine we learn to do first and for a good reason.
We wash our face to get rid of all the grime that accumulates during the day, including dead cells, sweat, bacteria, dirt, sebum and makeup.
And the sole purpose of the above is to maintain a healthy, radiant skin that won’t get blemishes.
The last one is the reason why that cleansing itself isn’t enough. It should be the suitable cleanser for your skin type. For example, for an oily skin, a very rich cleanser will probably clog the pores or a very drying one will irritate someone with dry skin.
And by any means, your skin shouldn’t feel tight afterwards; only clean and happy.
So, like any other skincare product, choosing face wash should be in accordance with your skin type.
For oily to acne prone
If your skin is oily with a tendency to breakout, then it is critical to choose the right one.
For starters, it is recommended to avoid cleansers that contain oil or alcohol in the ingredients, which will only intensify your oily skin type.
Whether you’re using cleansing wipes or micellar water, make sure they’re alcohol free.
On the other hand, salicylic acid has been found to really help unclogging the pores and get rid of excess oil. Therefore, choosing a face wash that is enriched with salicylic acid is highly advised for the acne prone skin.
If the skin is filled with rather big papules at the time, then perhaps a foam cleanser will be the gentlest option so you won’t have to rub the skin.
For people with a combination of oily and dry skin
For people with a combination skin the real challenge lies on the fact that you want something that is not too rich and not too drying. But other than that, there are no particular implications on potential irritations so perhaps an oil-regulating cleanser would be fine.
For dry skin
Dry skin lacks lipids (fats) or water or perhaps both therefore has is difficult to be or stay hydrated.
The skin will often feel flaky or tight and especially during wintertime where symptoms of dryness will be exacerbated and skin conditions such as eczema may be triggered.
For the dry skin we would recommend a liquid cleanser to leave some extra moisture on the skin and may protect from further drying out.
For Sensitive skin
With sensitive skin things are quite…. sensitive.
Having sensitive skin doesn’t mean having a reaction to a specific cosmetic, lotion or even household product. An irritation may occur for using the wrong product or overusing another.
To ensure the case of a sensitive skin, you need to consult a dermatologist.
People with true skin sensitivity have a thinner outer skin layer that is easily irritated.
They are also prone to other skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis etc.
Choosing the correct facewash is vital; you want to go as gentle as possible ideally as a foam cleanser with calming ingredients such as aloe or panthenol.
For normal skin
If your skin type is normal, we envy you! It means it doesn’t get too dry or greasy and has an even pigmentation most of the time.
For the least problematic skin (hooray!) you have a wide range of cleansers to choose from. Just opt for mild ones that cleanse but let the skin keep the natural sebum it has.