When it comes to a daily skin care regiment, a facial cleanser is an absolute must. It may seem simple enough, but what is a facial cleanser exactly? What makes certain facial cleansers better than others? I hope this post serves to provide you with some background information on the purpose of using a facial cleanser and what to look for when finding a cleanser product that is right for you.
A facial cleanser does to the face what a good body cleanser does to the body: to remove make-up, dead skin cells, oils, dirt, and other pollutants from your face. Why is this important? This acts to unclog pores and prevent unwanted skin conditions like acne. We all know how frustrating it is to wake up in the morning to find an unwanted zit on our face, especially on an important day like the first day of school or a job interview. Pimples don't follow anyone's schedule except to thrive when those prone to acne don't follow a regular skin care routine.
Depending on your skin-type, certain facial cleansers might be more well-suited to you than others. Here are a few examples:
- Active Cleanser: suitable for oily skin to prevent breakouts --> everyday use may cause excessive skin irritation.
- Creamy Lotion-Type: for those with very dry skin, not good for oily or even some normal skin types.
- Alcohol-free: It is important to find a facial cleanser that is alcohol-free because products with alcohol-related chemicals or compounds tend to cause excessive drying of the skin.
- pH-balanced: because the skin's surface pH is on average 4.7, it is important to find facial cleansers that do no upset the pH balance of the skin to allow for healthier, more vibrant skin.
Trial and Error
When you go to the local drug store and find yourself in an aisle chalked full of different skin care products, it can be extremely overwhelming. All the different brands and types of products available, it's almost shocking! The bottom line is in general, there is no one single best stand-alone product, despite what we would all like to have.
What works amazing for one person might be counterproductive for another person. For example, if dry skin is dragging you down, you of course want to look for a facial cleanser that lends itself to hydrating your skin and preventing additional moisture loss. You wouldn't want to use a facial cleanser that someone with oily skin is using because those cleansers are typically stronger and can exacerbate dry skin problems in those who already suffer with dry skin.
As with a lot of things in life, when it comes to choosing the right skin cleanser for you, it is simply a matter of trial and error. While at times, it may seem discouraging and downright expensive over time, don't give up. There are literally hundreds of skin care products to choose from that cater to those with oily skin, acne-prone skin, dry skin, combination-type skin, or really sensitive skin. In due time and with proper guidance, you'll most definitely find the facial cleanser that works for you.
Typically, the facial cleanser acts as the first step to a basic 3-step daily facial regiment that will be discussed in future posts. If you're curious what facial cleanser I use, CLICK HERE to check out my ZENMED product review.
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