Cleansers & Micellar Water
Essential parts of any skin care routine, face cleanser and micellar water help remove dirt and oil without stripping your skin for a smooth, soft finish. Choosing a face wash in the right formula for your skin is key. For a gentle clean, try a cleansing oil that works by binding to the dirt on your skin and cleaning without disrupting the skin barrier. If you want to boost or maintain hydration, go for a soothing cleansing balm. Need a quick clean on the go? Makeup remover wipes are your best friend. And you can never go wrong with Clinique Face Wash and Kiehl's Since 1851 Face Wash; they're perennial favorites for a reason.
How do I choose the best cleanser for my skin type?
Wondering how to choose the best face wash for you? It all depends on your skin type. The best face washes for dry skin have nourishing, hydrating textures. Go for a hydrating facial cleanser in an oil or cream texture when looking for a face wash for dry skin. The best cleansers for sensitive skin are often fragrance-free, alcohol-free and formulated with soothing ingredients. Choose a gentle face cleanser or face wash for sensitive skin. When it comes to acne prone skin, make sure to choose a detoxifying cleanser. The best face wash for acne typically has anti-inflammatory and deep cleansing ingredients. The best cleanser for combination skin will leave your complexion feeling balanced—look for a water-based cleanser or gel cleanser that gets skin clean and helps with an oily t-zone and dry patches. For oily skin, seek out deep cleansing face washes for oily skin. Whatever your skin type, there is an option for great-feeling, clean skin.
What's the difference between cleanser types?
Ready to learn about the different types of cleansers? Cleansing oils are rich, oil-based cleansers that can be used on their own or as the first step in a double cleansing routine. They are great for dry skin. Exfoliating face wash usually contains a chemical (AHA/BHA) or physical (sugar) exfoliant to slough away dead skin cells. These face washes can be used a few times a week depending on skin type. Foam cleansers foam up to provide a deep cleanse to skin, while gel cleansers come in a lightweight gel texture (great for oily skin) and cream cleansers come in a rich cream texture (perfect for dry skin).
How often should you cleanse your face?
It's recommended that you wash your face twice a day, during the morning and at night. If you're working out, or sweating, of course, it's always a good idea to wash your face again with a gentle cleanser. Face mists and essences are other face-cleaning products to incorporate into your skincare routine.
How often should you exfoliate your face?
When you exfoliate depends on your skin type. Do you have very sensitive or acne prone skin? Depending on how inflamed your skin gets, you can use an exfoliating cleanser a few times a week. Start out using it once a week, and increase usage based on how your skin tolerates it.
What is cleansing oil?
Cleaning oil is one of our favorite face wash products. Not only does it deeply cleanse, it nourishes and can be used in a few different ways. Cleansing oils have a cream, gel, or foaming texture, and just like the name implies, the base of the product is oil.
How do I use a cleansing oil?
You can use a cleansing oil just like you would any other cleanser, day and night, to remove dirt, oil and impurities from the skin. You can also use it as the first step in a double cleaning routine. Simply cleanse with your oil cleanser then use any of your other favorite cleansers for a second step.