Facial cleansers come in many different forms: bars, foams, gels, creams and more. And there’s likely a cleanser out there for every single skin issue that we face. With the sea of facial cleansers available on the market, how do you narrow down your choices? How do you pick the best one for your skincare needs?
5 Tips To Choose The Right Facial Cleanser
Sure, some amount of trial and error is necessary to find the perfect cleanser for your face, but going in with a plan helps you to drastically narrow down your choices. Here are five tips to help you choose the right cleanser for your skin.
- Know your skin type
This is a no-brainer. There are a ton of skincare options available for every skin type. The four basic types of healthy skin are dry, oily, combination and normal skin. Identifying your skin type is an important step because choosing the wrong skincare product can lead to irritation or excessive dryness or oiliness.
Dry skin tends to be flakier while oily skin gets oily shortly after washing. A combination skin type is one where some parts of the skin are prone to dryness and others to oiliness. And finally, normal skin is simply skin that produces just the right amount of oil.
- Avoid harsh cleansers
Regardless of your skin type, harsh facial cleansers are a no-go. Many cleansers marketed for oily skin end up stripping your face of its natural moisture. After which your skin responds by producing even more moisture. So no matter your skin type, it’s always best to go for a gentle cleanser.
- Check the ingredients
There are some ingredients that are best avoided when it comes to choosing a facial cleanser. Sulphates and alcohol, we’re looking at you. Look for cleansers with gentle ingredients like aloe vera. If you want to be extra cautious, look for a well-made all-natural facial cleanser.
Quality cleansers help to rid the face of microorganisms that we’re exposed to daily. Your face is constantly being exposed to germs from your surroundings, whether you realize it or not. So a good facial cleanser is necessary each day. Remember your face is where pathogens often enter the body and cause illness.
- Test first
Using the wrong product on your skin can lead to allergic reactions and all sorts of skin issues, so it’s best to go with caution. Before lathering your face with a new cleanser immediately, try it on a small patch of skin. If your skin doesn’t react negatively, continue to use the cleanser for about a week or two while observing your skin closely.
- Don’t over-cleanse
Cleansing your skin too many times a day, or for too long, can actually have damaging effects, stripping the skin of important oils. Excessive washing can also often lead to dryness and irritation. So keep your cleansing time reasonable. We recommend cleansing no more than twice a day for about 60 seconds at a time.
Ultimately, skin care is personal to each individual, so be sure to choose your facial cleanser based on your skin type and your own skin care needs. Fortify+ specializes in bacteria and germ-fighting facial cleansers, with the main ingredient being zeolite - a gentle, non-drying natural mineral that slows the growth of microorganisms on your skin.