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What cleanser is for you?

Your morning rituals are more for starting your day with a fresh face, while night cleansing is about removing the impurities accumulated through the day.

It's not necessary to use separate cleansers for day and night but in case you wear makeup or sunscreen during the day, you should apply double-cleansing method which involves oil-based cleanser or micellar water.

You probably feel overwhelmed with so many cleansing options available. But knowing your skin type and the difference between each kind of cleanser can allows you to find suitable products a whole lot easier. And for those who has normal skin types, you can pretty much try any type of cleanser as long as your skin tolerates it.

  • Cream Cleansers

Cream cleansers are usually thick, creamy and contain moisturizing ingredients like botanical oils. They gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Cream cleansers can be also in the form of "lotion" Recommend for: Dry and Sensitive skin

  • Milk Cleansers

Contrary to popular belief, milk cleansers do not contain milk. They’re called so because of the milky texture. These types of cleansers are slightly thicker than oil cleansers but thinner than cream cleansers. Milk cleansers are moisturizing but they don’t leave a creamy feel like a cream cleanser would do. These are also considered preliminary cleansers. Some types need rinsing off and some types just need a wipe off. Recommend for: Dry skin

  • Gel Cleansers

Gel cleansers are clear and have a gel-like consistency. Generally designed for deep cleansing, they are effective at decongest-ing clogged pores, removing excess oil and killing acne-causing bacteria with their antiseptic and exfoliating properties. Recommend for: Oily and Combination skin

  • Foam Cleansers

Foam cleansers are lightweight cleansers that start out as cream or gel and burst into a rich, foamy lather. This type of cleanser removes excess oil as effectively as gel cleansers. Recommend for: Oily and Combination skin

  • Oil Cleansers

Washing your skin with oil may sound like a recipe for breakouts, especially if you have oily skin, but most experts disagree. An oil cleanser is a gentle way of removing pore-clogging debris—including waterproof makeup—without drying your skin. Recommend for: All skin types

  • Clay Cleanser

Though it's a bit different from clay mask, clay cleansers still has the absorbing power to purify your skin by drawing out excess oil and toxins from your pores. Recommend for: Oily and Combination skin

  • Cleansing Balms

These cleansers come in the form of wax and melt into an oil-like consistency. They’re usually followed by washing your face with a separate cleanser. Recommend for: Dry and Sensitive skin

  • Micellar Cleansers

Originating in France, micellar waters feature “mi- celles”—or tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water—that attract oil, dirt and makeup. Another great thing about them: You don’t need to rinse them off with water. Recommend for: Dry and Sensitive skin

  • Powder Cleansers

Powder cleansers are nothing new, but they are certainly having a big moment right now. These cleansers—powdery soft when dry—dissolves into a creamy concoction upon contact with water, thoroughly cleansing your skin while providing gentle exfoliation. Unlike old-school physical exfoliants like those containing beads, powder cleansers can contain ingredients like rice starch or chickpea flour, which are kinder on the environment. Recommend for: Oily and Sensitive skin

  • Bar Cleansers

After years of staying out of the skin care spotlight, bars are slowly sneaking back in. This new breed of bars—some contain very little soap, others have none at all—are just as skin-friendly and luxurious as their liquid counterparts. They also offer more skin-friendly pH levels in addition to nutrient-rich, highly moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin and essential oils. Extra points for being a greener choice than liquid soaps because the packaging materials—primarily paper and cardboard—break down more easily in landfills than plastic packaging. Recommend for: Oily and Combination skin

  • No-rinse Cleansers

No-rinse cleansers come in many forms like foams, creams and lotions and many of them are soap-free. Strong soap formulas can be very harsh and dry the skin. They are great for removing makeup and freshening up the skin quickly. Plus, not only do they make your skin more energised, but they’re also saving some time off of your skincare regime. Recommend for: Dry and Sensitive skin

  • Cleansing Wipes

These are quick bandaid options when you need a superficial makeup removal. If we’re talking about cleaning dirt or excess oil, these lack the ability to do so. They are OK for removing makeup, but they definitely need a followup facewash! Recommend for: All the skins

  • Cleaning Devices: Cloths, Mitts, Sponges, Loofahs

These cleansers are made with special fibers—some are plant-de- rived and don’t require the use of any traditional cleansers—to thoroughly remove impurities while also sloughing off dead skin cells. A few examples are muslin cloths, kassa/kessa mitts and konjac sponges. Recommend for: Oily and Combination Skin

Happy cleansing your face! Remember to share with us about the cleanser types you are using then.