Skincare 101: Cleansers

Last week I started my first part of this skincare series & told you that you need to know your skin type so you can use the correct products in your routine. I am not perfect with using skincare at all, but I cannot stress how important it is to at least wash your face & NEVER go to bed with your makeup on. Starting out with an effective skincare routine will help your skin so much & you won’t even feel like you need to wear makeup. I enjoy wearing makeup, but — for the most part — my skin is clear enough that I could easily go out without makeup on & feel confident.

So with all that being said, our first lesson in skincare is cleansers. This product should be your best friend, especially if you wear makeup, but even if you don’t you still need to wash the oils & dirt off your face. When you let stuff like that sit on your face & sink into your pores you are just asking for blemishes to appear and for redness & dullness to occur as well.

I’ll be the first to admit that for a while I thought I was doing my skin a favor by using makeup remover wipes before I went to bed, but in all honesty this step is not really good enough. If you’re in a pinch & it’s all you have then it’s definitely better than nothing, but the wipes never get ALL of your makeup off. You need to take that extra step & go in with an actual cleanser if possible so you know you are getting your face as clean as it can be.

A cleanser does exactly what it says it will do — it cleanses your face! There are several different types of cleansers that you can use: gels, creams, oils, and foams.

Gel Cleansers– A gel cleanser is going to be best for oily skin types. This type of cleanser is going to really strip away your excess oils & clean out your pores. This cleanser is not going to leave any greasy residue on your face so you won’t have to worry about using something that is going to make your face even oilier.

Cream Cleansers– These types of cleansers are best for people with dry skin because even though you’re stripping your skin of oils & impurities, these products won’t dry it out. You need something like this because it’s moisturizing.

Foam Cleansers– This is also good for oily skin & combination skin. Foaming cleansers tend to be quite drying. I’ve used cleansers like this before (I have dry skin) & it made my skin feel so tight.

Oil Cleansers– I’m kind of new in the “oil cleanser” field so I feel like you just need to try a sample of one (if possible) & see how it works with your skin type. Oil cleansers are great for removing makeup, but sometimes you need to go in with a second cleanser to feel like your skin is completely clean after using an oil cleanser. I’ve been trying one & like it so far, but I can’t promise it’s good for everyone. Coconut Oil is a great makeup remover that is natural & moisturizing.

As I mentioned before, having a good cleanser is so important because your skin needs to be cleansed every day/night to get rid of all the yucky stuff that builds up on it. This step really only takes 2-3 minutes of your time & your skin will definitely thank you for it!

In this post I also want to mention cleansing tools. There are TONS of cleansing brushes you can find if you are interested. I’ll link a few that you can look at & read about. I have a Clarisonic Mia2, but I had tons of Ulta points so I really only paid $25 out of pocket for it which is a total steal. I don’t like to use it everyday but it’s great for really cleansing my skin at least 2-3 times a week & it’s good for exfoliation as well.

Clarisonic Mia 1 Facial Sonic Cleansing ($99)

Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System ($149)

Clarisonic Mia 3 Facial Sonic Cleansing ($199)

Ulta Dual Action Cleansing System ($25)

Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System ($34.99)

Mary Kay also has a cleansing brush similar to these so you have a consultant you can ask them about it if you’re interested.

If you decide to purchase one of these tools (even one of the less expensive ones) you still need to do your research. Take the time to read all about these options & decide which one would work best for you. Reading customer reviews is always a good idea too!

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