WHAT ARE CLEANSERS?
A facial cleanser is a skincare product used to remove make-up, dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and other types of pollutants from the skin, helping to keep pores clear and prevent skin conditions such as acne. Finding the best cleanser can be tough given there are so many options. Knowing the differences between them will help you choose the best products for your skin.
Gel cleansers are clear with a gel-like consistency. Many have deep-cleaning and exfoliating properties—ideal for oily, acne-prone skin.
Cream cleansers are usually thicker and can be moisturizing, cleansing without stripping skin of its natural oils—ideal for dry or sensitive skin.
Foam cleansers are lightweight solutions creating a foamy lather when dispensed from a pump package. Foam cleansers are pleasant to use and remove excess oil as effectively as gel cleansers—ideal for combination skin.
HOW DO CLEANSERS WORK?
The skin's typical pH ranges from 4.5 to 6.5. When you clean your skin, the pH of the skin, the moisture barrier, and the cleanser interact with one another. Soaps include abrasive surfactants that have the ability to change the skin barrier and raise the pH of the skin, raising the risk of dryness and irritation. Gel, cream, and foam cleansers made without soap are designed to be just as effective but kinder because they don't damage the skin's natural barrier or significantly alter the pH of the skin.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Washing the face with water is insufficient to remove the majority of environmental contaminants and cosmetic products that our skin comes into touch with. Skin cleansers aim to remove debris, oil, sebum, and dead skin cells without causing irritation or damage to the skin.
To remove whatever toxins your skin may have eliminated during the course of the night, remember to cleanse your skin every night and in the morning as well.
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