Face off: What kind of face cleanser should you be using?
All face cleansers are not created equal. This is a fact you’ll learn hard if you select the wrong one.
An ill-matched facial product can cause a breakout or exasperate an already-present concern. To get the most out of your skin care regime, make sure you select products specifically crafted to meet your unique needs. If you’re not sure what kind of skin you have (dry, oily or something in between), don’t hesitate to ask a dermatologist–or, at the very least, the beauty counter rep at specialty stores like Sephora.
For serious skin concerns, always consult an expert.
- Before you throw out a product because it’s not working, make sure you use it long enough. You might not be able to see a difference for a few weeks, as your skin adjusts.
- Don’t panic when you change products. It can take time for your skin to adjust, and that might mean a small breakout, but doesn’t necessarily mean the product is a bad match.
- Follow the directions on the package. You’d be surprised how many people only follow half of the steps and then wonder why they’re not seeing the results promised.
- Always combine your skin-care routine with healthy food and plenty of water. Beautiful skin starts from the inside-out.
Here are some of the best cleansers to try for specific issues.
We love the Philosophy line, which you can find at Sephora.com. This fragrance-free, one-step face cleanser is inexpensive and widely respected for its effectiveness. Philosophy Purity Made Simple, $24, sephora.com
Oily skin or acne
Dermalogica is one of Ulta’s top-sellers for a reason. This gentle, foaming cleanser uses natural ingredients to clear pores and balance extra oil. You’ll find no questionable fragrances or ingredients here. Just simple antiseptics, like mint, eucalyptus and tea tree. Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash, $36, ulta.com
This product is not only great for dry skin, but it’s at a much lower price point than other comparable brands at Ulta. This face wash will polish up your mug without drying it out–or leaving it feeling greasy. At a slightly higher price, Murad’s Age Reform exfoliating cleanser adds the bonus of exfoliation and polishing, which can be great for dry, rough skin. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, $12.99, Ulta
Male skin has its own unique needs, so choose a product that considers that. This scrub also preps the face for shaving, while smoothing the skin and leaving you feeling fresh. Clinique for Men Face Scrub, $21, Macy’s