With a wide variety of choices for cleansers available these days it is easy to become overwhelmed with which one is the best for you and your skin type. Cleaning products and cleansers are often thought of as a foamy, bubbly product- they are like ‘soap’. However, skin care products are actually often soap free (as it can dry out your skin) and other ingredients can make the same soapy bubbles we associate with cleansers.
Before picking a type of cleanser, you should know what your skin type is. Normal skin does not have too much oil, nor is it dry or red. The goal of normal skin cleansing is to simply clean dirt off the skin.
Most people will have a combination of normal/oily skin types. Oily skin is identified by clear areas of oiliness on the skin, which may appear shiny or can be blotted off. If you have oily skin, the goal of cleansing is to remove excess oil which can cause congestion and breakouts.
Dry skin is the opposite of oily, where the skin has dry patches that can feel taught and flaky. Cleansing for dry skin focuses on maintaining oil and moisture. Dry skin types may experience drier skin in winter, and might need extra care during this time.
A portion of people have sensitive skin, where the skin is hyper-reactive to touch, products and the environment. Sensitive skin cleansers help moisturise and protect the skin, and prevent future flare-ups.
Clay is a natural substance that is great to soak up extra oil on the skin. It also is known to help refine pores and improve skin clarity. Therefore clay cleansers are great for oily skin types. Using a clay cleanser on normal skin might make it feel a little taught, but for dry skin it will soak up all the remaining moisture dry skin types need.
Dermalogica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser contains two types of clays, Bentonite and Kaolin, which help absorb excess oil, clean the skin, refine pores and clear up congestion.
Foaming cleansers help cleanse away dirt and oil, and are suitable for normal or combination skin types. Always make sure to use lots of water to ensure a good lather, as applying the product to strongly might irritate your skin. Foaming cleansers should not dry out your skin, but should help clean away excess sebum.
Try Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel, a lightly foaming, soap free gel that cleanses without drying or stripping the skin.
Cream cleansers do not foam, and are great for drier or prematurely aging skin types. They aim to lock in moisture, giving back to the skin, while still cleaning away dirt and impurities. If you find that your skin feels tight or dry, a cream cleanser might be just what you need. For people with oily skin, a cream cleanser will not remove the excess oil as readily as a clay or foaming cleanser.
Dermalogica’s Essential Cleansing Solution is a cream type cleanser, specifically for dry and prematurely aging skin types.
All of these Dermalogica cleansers come in 250mL and 500mL sizes, with complementary skin care products to match your skin type and condition. For a free skin care assessment and to help find the best skin care products, call us on 1300 123 368.