The Ultimate Guide to Hydrating Cleansers for Your Skin

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Cleansing is an integral part of your skin care routine. While many might consider cleansing as the simple act of washing your face without giving it much more thought, selecting the right products and hydrating cleansers for your skin type as with all steps in your beauty and skin care routine, should always be carefully considered. 

Picking the Best Hydrating Cleanser for Your Specific Skin Type

A facial cleanser is a product used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, and dirt from the skin’s surface. Facial cleansers contain 'surfactants' that attract dirt, makeup, oil, and debris and remove these unwanted particles from the skin. 

Sulfates are the most common surfactants used in the majority of cleansers and shampoos. However, they can strip your skin of its natural oils, resulting in a look that’s parched and dehydrated. Luckily, there are hydrating cleansers that include gentler ingredients.

So the idea is to pick a product that gives an overall gentle cleansing effect, whilst purging your skin of all the impurities that could block pores and cause acne and breakouts. 

A hydrating cleanser chosen according to your skin condition, type, and concerns can be your skin’s best friend. The best cleanser is a skin conditioner that:

Removes makeup, pollution, and skin-ageing impurities

Conditions, hydrates, and replenishes the skin’s natural barrier

Supports the skin’s natural rate of dead skin cell removal

Tackles common skin concerns

With an influx of facial cleansers constantly streaming into the market, you might feel tempted to try them all. But unless you find the best hydrating cleanser that suits your skin type, you might be investing in all the wrong products and potentially damaging your skin.

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Oily Skin

When it comes to taking care of oily skin, your options are limitless. Because your skin naturally produces an excess amount of oil or sebum, you should explore hydrating cleansers that won’t leave you feeling greasy. But at the same time, the cleanser shouldn’t strip the skin of its natural moisture either. It’s essential to find the perfect balance. 

So what are the best type of hydrating cleansers for oily skin? An exfoliating pore-purifying gel cleanser is a good option that dissolves surface oil and bacteria. It will break down oils, cleanse makeup, dirt and impurities, unclog pores, minimise excess sebum, and leave your skin feeling clean, refreshed, and congestion-free. Hydrating cleansers of the gel cleanser variety should foam and glide effortlessly over the skin which means such formulations are ideal for problem and oil-prone skin.

A good choice of cleanser for oily skin is IS Clinical Cleansing Complex Cleanser. 

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Dry Skin

Have dry skin but can’t seem to find the right match in terms of a cleanser best suited to your skin’s needs? Dry skin is tricky because cleansing often offers short term relief but can leave your skin feeling tight and irritated even after slathering on your moisturiser. To make matters worse, some of the ingredients found in common cleansers could also strip your skin of its moisture and oils and further dehydrate it as a result.

Due to this fact, you might decide to skip cleansing altogether to prevent over-drying. So what’s the solution when it comes to dry skin?

Well, you should avoid harsh cleansers at all costs. Soapy or lathering products are not meant for dry skin either. These products will only leave you with drier skin and that tight after-wash feeling we mentioned previously. Instead, you should opt for cream based gentle hydrating cleansers with no fragrances to leave your skin feeling smooth, silky, and nourished. 

A great cleanser for dry skin is Obagi's CRX System C-Cleanser Gel. 

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Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin doesn’t have to be problematic when it comes to your cleanser. The idea is to explore hydrating cleansers that not only cleanse your skin but also prevent irritation and inflammation. A good hydrating cleanser will also take care of your skin in extreme weather conditions and those times in the year that your skin feels the brunt of colder weather. 

On the topic of climate, when it comes to sensitive skin, a creamy hydrating cleanser may be the best fix in winter months, while you might want to opt for a gel cleanser in the warmer months. The right type of cleanser in the summer months will help control oil and shine in humid conditions. For winters, creamy cleansers that feel like a moisturiser may be your best bet.

For sensitive skin, you should look for a hydrating cleanser that is devoid of any artificial fragrance and parabens to avoid flare-ups, allergic reactions, and skin irritation. Opt for milky-textured formulas that use glycerin to soothe and treat sensitive skin.

For overly sensitive skin, even a 'gentle' cleanser might not be the right choice and can still cause irritation and redness. The best thing to do is to test a range of products that work for you and be mindful of the composition and ingredients listed. One of the best cleansers for sensitive skin is Obagi's gentle cleanser.

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Acne-prone Skin

When you have acne-prone skin, you may be the one who suffers most when it comes to different skin types. Finding the right type of hydrating cleanser is often a struggle, particularly for those who bear the burden of this skin type. But it doesn’t have to be! A basic cleanser for all skin types may be a good option, but it won’t treat acne - your main concern. 

So you ought to look for a product with acne-fighting ingredients that will remove excess oil without dehydrating the skin, kill blemish-causing bacteria, and exfoliate dead skin for plump radiant skin at the same time.

A great cleanser for acne prone skin is Obagi's Clenziderm daily care foaming cleanser. 

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How To Cleanse Your Skin 

Now that you have zeroed-in on the right hydrating cleanser for your particular skin type, the next best thing to learn is the proper way to wash your face.

Firstly, it goes against skincare 101 to use hot water for facial cleansing. It could cause skin problems and broken capillaries so steer clear. In terms of application, the right way to use a cleanser is through circular, upward motions. Finally, use gentle hands to lather up. You do not want to scrub your skin harshly and cause any damage.

How Much Is Too Much

No doubt, facial cleansing is integral to skin care, but that does not mean it needs to be done in excess. The idea is to cleanse your face at least twice a day- when you wake up in the morning and before you hit your pillow in the evening for a good night’s sleep. That’s where that beauty sleep comes into play. Remember, you won’t do your skin any good by going to bed with a face full of makeup. This is an open invitation to clogged pores. 

You might be surprised to learn that your damaged skin cells repair themselves when you are in deep sleep. If you are still wearing makeup while sleeping, it will interfere with cell regeneration and the repair process. Makes sense, huh?

What is Your Post-Cleansing Ritual

While getting your hands on the best hydrating cleanser is half the job done, cleansing goes a step further to include the post-cleansing routine. Once you are done with ridding your skin of its toxins, the next best thing to do is to follow a step-by-step skin care routine that works for you and your skin’s current condition. Think toners, moisturisers, serums and eye cream. It’s best to start applying these products when your skin is still damp and one after the other to allow each of your skin care essentials to properly penetrate the skin when your pores are still open.  

post cleansing ritual

What’s all the Fuss About Cleansing Trends?

Double Cleansing

Yes, you know it already but your skin needs a really thorough cleanse before you go to bed. Whilst there’s not a lot of substantial evidence to back the success of this method, many believe double cleansing is required to ensure you don’t miss the removal of any wayward dirt or makeup that the use of just one cleanser may not succeed in washing away. A common practice is to use a cleansing oil for dry skin before diving into a hydrating cleanser to remove any remaining, excess dirt before bedtime.

Cleansing Water

Ideal for sensitive and oily skin types, cleansing water is formulated with cleansing micelles and may be applied using cotton pads. The cleanser attracts and removes water and oil-based grime and lifts impurities from the skin without the need for harsh rubbing.

Bottom Line

So the whole idea behind your skin cleansing routine is to clear away all the impurities that may clog pores and cause a range of different skin concerns. It all begins with choosing the right hydrating cleanser for your skin type. Today, you have a variety of cleansing gels, balms, oils, and milks for different skin needs. While one skin care and cleansing formula may be a great option for the summer, it might not be the best choice for the cold season. Similarly, one product may be the right choice for your morning skin care ritual and another for the night.

The best product is the one that your skin loves so the best thing to do is research the best hydrating cleanser for your skin type and then experiment to see which products best serve your skin’s needs most.  

Latest update: 11/01/2020
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