Skincare 101: Your Guide to Facial Cleansers

Sebameducation, Skin Care 101 January 29

There’s nothing better than wiping off your makeup after a long day. Cleansing your skin is an essential part of your skincare routine. What’s even more imperative is choosing the right cleanser for your skin type. With the many cleansers available, picking one can be tricky. We’re here to make your life easier by breaking down the types of facial cleansers.  

Micellar Water Cleansers

By now you’ve probably heard of micellar water. They are the lightest form of facial cleanser — hence the name water. How does it work? Micellar water contains small oil molecules that attract dirt and oil from your skin.

This facial cleanser is applied with a cotton ball or swab and doesn’t need to be rinsed off. Micellar water is typically used to remove makeup before deep cleansing. This type of cleanser works for all skin types. 

Oil Facial Cleansers

Like micellar water, oil cleansers are generally used to remove makeup. They work by sticking to the oils and dirt on the face and dissolving them. 

Do you often battle to remove water-proof mascara? An oil cleanser makes it easier to remove even the most stubborn makeup. Although they can handle tough jobs like this, oil cleansers should be followed up with a regular deep cleansing face wash.

Oil cleansers work for all skin types — including oily skin. The oils used in this type of cleanser doesn’t clog pores, which makes it great for acne-prone skin.

Milk Facial Cleanser

Despite their name, milk cleansers don’t contain milk. They’re called this because of their milky consistency. Milk cleansers are ultra-moisturizing but don’t remove excess dirt and oil from the skin. Consider them as a pre-step to deep cleansing. 

Milk cleansers are ideal for dry, sensitive, and normal skin. Our Visio Gentle Cleansing Milk removes makeup and impurities without disturbing the skin’s outer layer.

Gel Facial Cleansers

Gel cleansers are lightweight but effective at deep cleansing. They are great at removing both makeup and dirt. Gel cleansers also eliminate oil and acne-causing bacteria.

What we love about gel cleansers is that there’s one for every skin type. Have dry skin? Opt for a gel cleanser with hydrating properties like the SebaMed Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. Have acne-prone skin? Reach for a gel cleanser with Salicylic Acid — which targets excess oil and breakouts.

Foam Facial Cleansers

Foam cleansers producing a rich lather when combined with water. They effectively remove makeup and grime from your skin, but they have a drying effect. This is due to the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) — a known skin irritant. 

Therefore, those with dry, sensitive, or combination skin should stay away from foam cleansers. On the other hand, people with oily skin may tolerate them better.

Cream Facial Cleansers

Cream cleansers have a rich and heavier texture. Their moisturizing properties make them perfect for those with dry skin. Cream cleansers also do a great job deep cleaning and removing stubborn makeup. 

These kinds of cleansers tend to leave behind a creamy residue that may clog pores. So, those with oily or acne-prone skin should keep away from cream cleansers. 

Cleansing Bars

We’re not talking about any ole bar of soap. Those are aggressive and disturb your skin’s pH balance. We’re talking about cleansing bars that don’t contain soap. Soap-free cleansers are formulated without the skin-damaging additives of regular soap.

Soap-free bar cleansers gently remove dirt and grime without overdrying the skin. Looking to ditch traditional soap? Try our fragrance-free cleansing bar. It was specifically made for sensitive skin but is beneficial to all skin types.


Author: Ashley Austin

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