A cleanser is the first step in a skin care regimen and can be used in addition to toner and moisturizer, following cleansing.
The point of a cleanser is to clean off and remove make-up, dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and other types of pollutants from the skin of the face that accrue during a normal day but without disturbing the skin's natural moisture barrier. One method is to apply surfactant-based products that help efficiently eliminate dirt, oil, and make-up. Though, harsh surfactant-based cleaners should be avoided because they cannot distinguish between the good and the bad lipids.
Proper cleansing of the skin is necessary for the control of the rate of sebum production. Over-cleansing of the skin can cause dry skin and causes the oil (sebaceous) glands to start producing more sebum.
Dehydrated skin may need a creamy lotion-type cleanser. These are normally too gentle to be effective on oily or even normal skin, but dry skin requires much less cleansing power. Choose a cleanser that is alcohol-free for dry, sensitive, or dehydrated skin.
Those with oily skin are usually able to tolerate foam or gel cleansers more comfortably. And a basic water-based cleanser for those with normal skin type. You can also try using something like a cleansing oil or balm, which serves to be more moisturizing than the traditional cleanser.
Additionally, cleansing allows your treatment products to work better by giving them a clean slate to penetrate and allowing for predictable results.
Cleansers should work with the skin not against it. Finding the right cleanser can involve some trial-and-error. Luckily at Eight Skincare we've tried and tested many cleansers so you didn't have to. Below are articles to help you find your perfect cleanser!
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