Our face has a higher concentration of oil glands than the rest of our body. Given that oil traps bacteria, pollutants and dead skin cells, thereby forming the perfect recipe for inflammation.
With grime still sitting on its surface, skin will also not be able to absorb nourishment from subsequent products at an optimum level. Thus, it makes sense that the first step of a good skin care regime is clean face. To save yourself the money and grief, it is important to understand your skin and choose the type of cleanser that suits it best.
Gel cleansers are generally formulated to ideal for oily and acne-prone skin types. They are often spiked with anti-blemish ingredients such as zinc and salicylic acid, and leave the skin feeling refreshed and clean.
Lotion and cream cleansers have a more luxurious texture and are often boosted with moisturising ingredients. Typically used for dry and/or sensitive skin, these are a gentler option for removing lighter make-up while caring for the skin.
Oil cleansers work on the basis that like attracts like – the oil molecules in oil cleansers bind themselves to sebum and the impurities it holds, to be rinsed away in the cleansing process. Good oils nourish cells and help improve skin hydration levels.
Micellar water, despite its name, works much like oil cleansers by attracting facial grime. It differs from oil cleansers by offering a lighter texture, thanks to molecules called micelles, which bind to both oil and water. Micellar waters do not require water for wash-off, making it a great choice for travelers; instead, swipe a cotton pad over your make-up to take it all off.